Housing many sight-seeing spots and brimming with celebrated cuisine, Athens spoils the tourists with its wide choices. A single day in Athens is practically not sufficient to explore the city; however, once you get a chance, you will never want to miss the highlights.
I started an exciting day in Athens quite early on, watching the beautiful sunrise behind the Athens Marble Stadium, best known to be where the famous Olympic Games were revived. A relaxed stroll under the enchanting tree line was a perfect start to the eventful day ahead.
If you love history, you should take sometime to visit the Temple of Luck situated in the Ardittos Hill (built around 2 AD), the Temple of Olympian Zeus (700 years old) and also Hadrian’s Arch to get a glimpse of the beautiful marble gateway (built during 131 AD). Then, head towards the Acropolis enjoying the winding streets and residences on the way. You may also stop over for a short while at the famous Melina Mercouri Café, which is dedicated to the acclaimed actress.
Interestingly, the Greeks do not indulge in an elaborate breakfast in the morning. You will find a lot of vendors selling koulouria, which are nothing but sesame seeds sprinkled on fresh O-shaped bread rolls. Well, this actually gives you more time to explore the city as you pick up a few of these on the way and walk around taking quick bites.
Start from Plaka and head towards Anafiotika. Interesting neighbourhoods with low-roof houses crowding narrow streets are sure to catch your eye. Proceed to Ermou, the famous shopping area and taste the dekatiano, the typical 10 AM snack. You can also try out tyropita, the famous cheese pie at Lombotesi (Voulis Street).
Visit the Archaeological Museum situated in the Patission Street. It would take about 45 minutes but I could spend a good three hours looking at the fantastic antique collections. If you are lucky, you may get to see interesting seasonal exhibitions organized at the National Gallery from time to time.
Stop over for lunch at the Milos restaurant if you love seafood. Otherwise, you can visit the Monastiraki Square and enjoy a variety of delicacies at the souvlaki restaurants.
Extravagant night clubs welcome you at night where you can enjoy live performances at the end of your exciting day and relax with your favourite drink. Most of the famous summer night clubs are found between Syggrou and Piraeus. If you party till the wee hours of the morning, you may want to try out some patsas soup to balance out all the alcohol in your stomach!
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