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Top 5 things to do in Athens, Greece

Monday, September 21st, 2009

1. The Acropolis

When most people think of Athens an image of the Acropolis will form in their mind. Perhaps the most iconic of all the structures of the ancient world the Acropolis allows visitors to imagine and almost feel themselves back in the time when Greece was a byword for poetry, philosophy and everything civilised in the world. The ‘love of knowledge’ is continued nowadays by a rather nice student discount for those studying at any institution in the EU.

2. The Agora

Resembling, and indeed foreshadowing, the Roman forums, the Agora is both delightful in itself and provides one of the best views of the Acropolis. As you stroll around you will find the remains of many ancient buildings as well as some tasteful reconstructions. Las Vegas this is not. Those travelling with a large group will find that the Agora is the perfect place for you to wonder off and explore for a while on your own or simply sit peacefully and watch the world go by.

3. Syntagma Square

As the main hub for public transport in Athens it is likely that visitors would be passing through Syntagma Square at some point in their visit, but it is worth exploring in its own right. The Greek parliament and national gardens are located off the square and visitors can watch the changing of the guard in front of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Visitors used to the London version of this ceremony will be pleasantly surprised by the Greek interpretation, although check for times before setting off.

4. Free bike tour

Athens is a very polluted city and visitors will understandably not want to add to this by their presence. It is also a very congested city and so a tour taking to the roads is not going to be very satisfactory. Thankfully there are free bicycle tours at the weekends that solve both of these problems at once. Kids especially will love the tours and adults may find it a great way to tire them out. Ask at your hotel for details of when and where the tour begins.

5. Beaches

Visitors to Athens do not usually come expecting a traditional beach holiday, but there are gorgeous beaches just a short distance away from the centre of the city. A good idea is to take a picnic as this means you can move along the beaches away from the crowds and do not need to return for meals in expensive beach front snack shacks. The best beaches lie to the south of the city and you will have to combine a metro and bus journey to get there. Ask at your hotel or tourist information centres for advice on the latest beach and journey tips.

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Photo of Athens’ Parthenon, Greece, by Lapidim

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Venere Travel Blog writer will joce

Will Joce is a recent graduate from the London School of Economics who has a morbid fear of working in an office. As well as travelling and writing he has worked in the UK Parliament and as a press monitor. Refusing to follow advice and get a real job he will soon be beginning a Masters degree at St Petersburg State University

4 responses to “Top 5 things to do in Athens, Greece”

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  1. CHN says:
    September 22nd, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Gladiators, deities, coliseums, and togas. Those are some of the things that people associate with Athens. Athens is definitely the archaeological and architectural center of Greece. It’s so rich in history and art.

  2. Lukas Maximus says:
    September 22nd, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Aren’t most of the things in the above comment more related to Rome than Athens?

  3. Eccleston Kendrick says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 6:39 am

    May i ask..
    do most of the greeks speak english?
    and is July a good time to visit Athens?
    i mean, do the Acropolis, Parthenon and other interesting places to visit, open to the public in July?

  4. Greek Islands says:
    February 19th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Athens has been a popular destination for travelers since antiquity. Over the past decade, the city’s infrastructure and social amenities have improved, in part due to its successful bid to stage the 2004 Olympic Games.


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