Athens, Greece, the birth place of civilization and democracy, is a cosmopolitan city that never sleeps
with numerous sites to visit and cultural performances to enjoy. Below is a list of the top ten
attractions that you should not miss during your tour of Athens, Greece.
A trip to Greece will not be complete without visiting the magical
City of Athens.
Athens Greece is where antiquity meets modern civilization.
Athens offers great museums, top archaeological sites, rich
culture, cosmopolitan lifestyle, amazing nightlife, & great shopping.
Athens is a fabulous city to enjoy by day or night & a perfect
vacation spot at any time of the year.
Top Attractions in Athens, Greece
Athens is must see for the ….
• Archaeological Sites
• Exceptional Museums
• Fine Arts and Culture
• Rich History
• Entertainment/Night Life
• Great Shopping
Acropolis - Parthenon. No visitor should leave Athens,
Greece without a visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon,
the Temple of Athena. The Parthenon is dedicated to the
goddess of wisdom, Athena, the patron Goddess of the
City of Athens. The Parthenon is set on top of the
Acropolis Hill which is located in the city center of Athens.
The Parthenon is a Doric style and was built around 440
BC. Also, from the Acropolis you will enjoy fabulous
views of the ancient Theater of Dionysus, the New
Acropolis Museum, and the City of Athens. The Acropolis
can not really be described in words, it has to be seen. The
Acropolis is located at Dionysiou Areopagitou St., Athens,
Open Mon - Fri. 8–7 PM; Sat.& Sun. 8:30–3:00 PM
The New Acropolis Museum
The New Acropolis Museum is located near the base of
the Acropolis and has a direct view of the Parthenon. The
new facility, which is one of the highest profile projects
undertaken in Europe this decade, consists of glass and
concrete designed by architect Bernard Tschumi in
collaboration with Michalis Photiadis. The museum
displays the glorious remnants of its past and highlights the
absence of those it lost. The ground floor of the museum is
paved with thick glass panels, so visitors can view the
excavations. Exhibits include the Porch of the Caryatids
(the Erechtheion), the Propylaia, the Korai, (young female
statues), the Hippeis (horse riders), and the Nike Temple.
The whole gallery is arranged around a rectangular cement
core which has the exact dimensions as the original building
on the Acropolis. Parthenon sculptures are displayed in
their original alignment in a glass hall, with a direct view of
the ancient temple about 400 meters away.
The museum is located at 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou St.,
Athens, Greece. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Opening hours are from 8:00 – 20:00. Admission is 5
Museum Phone / Site: +30 210 900 0900 /
The ancient Agora is located at the foot of the Acropolis,
near the metro station of Thission. In the ancient times,
Agora was the center of life in Athens. Agora was not only
the commercial center of the city; it was also its political,
cultural and religious one. Agora in Greek means market
and today you will find a bazaar in the archaeological site
of the ancient Agora on Sundays. In the western edge of
the Agora you will find the temple of Thission the best
preserved temple of ancient times. The Thission was built
in 449 BC and you will find the statue of Hephaistos and
Athena. The Stoa of Attalos which is located at the East
end of the site was built around 150 BC and it was the
ancient shopping center. The museum's collection consists
mainly of statues and common artifacts of everyday use
which were found during the excavations of the ancient
The Agora museum is open Tues-Sun. 8:30-2:45 PM.
Below the Acropolis is Plaka. Walking through Plaka's
stone-paved, narrow streets, you will have the feeling that
you are traveling back in time. You will be delighted by the
beauty of the neoclassical colors of its houses, their
architecture, their lovely little gardens, the elegance, and
the total atmosphere of the area. In Plaka, you will also
find many shops selling souvenirs, copies of well known
works of ancient Greek art, and jewelry of traditional
Greek design. The best restaurants in Athens are found in
Plaka. The whole area of Plaka is filled with bars, tavernas,
restaurants, cafés, and clubs. In Plaka you'll see the very
best of Greece in "live" entertainment. Whatever you do, a
trip to Athens, Greece wouldn't be complete without
spending a night at the bouzoukia. This is a must
experience and one you'll never forget!
Monastiraki –Flea Market
Monastiraki area is the old part of Athens, North West of
the Acropolis and Plaka next to Ancient Agora. The small
narrow streets are mainly taken up by the flea market stalls
that sell all sorts of souvenirs, shoes, clothes, old chess
sets, ceramics, old books, magazines, jewelry, hats, bronze
items, and everything you can think of. Bargaining is fun
and very acceptable here as well as throughout Greece.
Shopping or simply walking around in Monastiraki is an
experience not to be missed. If you like antique shopping
there is an antique show in the Monastiraki Square every
Sunday. In and around Monastiraki Square you will find
many kebab and souvlaki restaurants. The most famous
kebab/souvlaki restaurant is “Bairaktasis” which has been
around since 1879. It has the best souvlaki in Athens. The
Monastiraki Metro Station which is located on the square
serves both Line 1 and Line 3 of the Athens Metro. The
main streets of this area are Pandrossou Street and
Adrianou Street. Also, from the Monastiraki Square you
can walk through Metropoleos Street or Ermou Street
which leads to Syntagma Square.
The House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier, where the spectacular changing of the guard takes
place every hour, are located at Syntagma Square
(Constitution Square). Syntagma Square is the center of
Athens, Greece and where all activities take place. The
famous luxury five star hotels “Grand Bretagne” and “King
George II Palace” are located here. The House of
Parliament which overlooks Syntagma Square was
originally built as a palace for King Otto, the first King of
Greece. Near by is the National Garden which is open
from dawn to dusk. The National Garden is an oasis in the
middle of the City of Athens full of flowers, plants,
bushes, and trees from all over the world. In the National
Garden you will find a duck pond, a small zoo, a Botanical
Museum, a small café, and a Children's Library and
playground. Another place of interest to visit is the Zappio
which is a small park area between the National Garden
and the Panathinaiko Stadium. The Zappio houses
important art exhibitions and occasionally there are outdoor
concerts. The beautifully marbled Panathinaiko Stadium
which is built in the shape of a horseshoe, it stands
opposite to the National Garden. The Panathinaiko
Stadium is the only major stadium in the world built
entirely of white marble. The Stadium we see today was
built in 1870 for the first Olympic Games held in modern
times in 1896.
Kolonaki Square – The Kolonaki area in Athens is a 15
minute walk from Syntagma Square. It is the trendiest
place in Athens to shop and offers some of the best
fashion boutiques in town. Kolonaki Square is the place to
see and be seen. One of the fun things to do while you are
visiting Athens is to go shopping in the Kolonaki district or
relax in one of the upscale cafés (coffee shops) in Kolonaki
The National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the finest museum for Greek art in the entire
world. It contains the gold treasure excavated at Mycenae, including the golden mask of Agamemnon.
There are exhibits of Greek art, in chronological order, from the Archaic era through the Classical,
Hellenistic and Roman periods. The museum is located on 44 Patission St. in Athens, Greece. The
museum is closed on Mondays.
Museum Phone/Site: +30 210 821 7717 / www.namuseum.gr/welcome-en.html
The Byzantine Museum
The museum is located at Vassilisis Sophias and Vassileos Konstantinou Avenues. This museum
contains the richest collections of Byzantine icons in the world. The museum also contains post
Byzantine icons, manuscripts, wall paintings, and mosaics. The building facing the entrance houses
three different churches of different periods: Early Christian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine.
The Benaki Museum is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building in Athens, Greece and is located
between Vassilisis Sophias Avenue and Koubari Street. The museum is between the National Garden
and Kolonaki Square. The collection includes Bronze Age finds from Mycenae, early works by El
Greco, ecclesiastical furniture brought from Asia Minor, pottery, copper, silver and woodwork from
Egypt, Asia Minor and Mesopotamia, and a stunning collection of Greek regional costumes. You will
see Greece's history from its beginnings to today. Find out about current exhibits at www.benaki.gr.
Lykavittos (Lycabettus) Hill
The Lykavittos Hill is the highest point of Athens, Greece (277 meters above sea level) and is located
near the Kolonaki area in Athens. You can get to the top of Lykavittos Hill by a cable car (funicular),
which called “teleferik” in Greek, or walking. You can take the cable car (teleferik) at the end of
Ploutarhou Street. Once you reach the very top of the hill you can enjoy spectacular views of the
City of Athens, the Acropolis, surrounding mountains and on a clear day you can see the Port of
Piraeus and the Aegean Sea. On the top of the Lykavittos Hill you will find the Chapel of St. George
and a café/restaurant.
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Where to stay in Athens?
You could stay in the city center of Athens (Kolonaki, Plaka, Syntagma Square...) to be walking
distance to Athens's top attractions, shopping, tavernas, cafés, & entertainment.
Another popular alternative is to stay by the sea in the Athenian Riviera (Glyfada, Voula,
Vouliagmeni...) if you want to avoid the hustle & bustle of the big city. The Athenian Riviera is
approximately half an hour from the city center of Athens. In the Athenian Riviera you could also
enjoy the beach, shopping, restaurants, cafés & entertainment as well as Athens's top attractions
(Acropolis, Parthenon, museums...). Find out more about the Athenian Riviera, and how to get there.
You can make your trip to the Greek islands a perfect holiday by spending a few days in Athens either
at the beginning or end of your trip to Greece. You can explore more of Athens by taking excursions
& cruises to nearby attractions. See best Greek islands itinerary recommendations.
Hotels search below provides you with complete information about various Athens hotels with
pictures, reviews & prices. You can book online here after you find out which hotel is the right one
for your holidays in Athens.
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