- Time: 4 days
- Expenses: less than $46 or 40€ per person per day (excludes airfare)
- Season: all year around
Money and time-saving tips:
- Buy a $35 or €30 ticket for the Acropolis (the Parthenon and the Erechtheion) and other main archaeological sites in Athens (North & South Slope of the Acropolis, Hadrian’s Library, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, Archaeological Site of Lykeion, Kerameikos and Olympieion) instead of individual tickets.
- To avoid huge crowds visit the Acropolis early in the morning.
- If you’re visiting in the off season 1st. November – 31st. March, bear in mind that all major attractions in the city are free on Sundays.
Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, the heart of Ancient Greece, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years. The culture that invented the Olympics, Modern Philosophy, Concept of democracy and much more. It’s amazing what the city has to offer, it will take your breath away with the largest collection of Greek ruins. It/s simply is remarkable.
A tight budget is easily doable with accommodations, food and main attractions. You must try are local food like Souvlaki, Greek salad and Gyros and local drinks like Greek coffee and a traditional aperitif called Ouzo. The best way to get around is by public transport, it’s very well organized and quite cheap.
There are plenty things to see and do, from history enthusiasts to food lovers. Here is our 4 day itinerary, but you can easily spend a lot more days here. Our guide captures the main attractions you need to see.
The day begins at the Acropolis, get an early start because it likely gets crowded after 10 am. The Acropolis contains the remains of several ancient buildings. Parthenon was a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena and the Erechtejon was a temple on the north side which was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. Don’t rush, take it all in, the Acropolis has a lot to offer, the remains are gorgeous and the view of the city will not disappoint you.
Explore the North and South Slope of the Acropolis, here you’ll find the sanctuary of Aglauros, the Sacred Caves, the Shrine of Aphrodite and Eros. After that take a walk through Anafiotika. Packing your lunch or snacks with you and enjoying the view while eating is a must.
After a delicious lunch and some Greek (Turkish) coffee head to the Acropolis museum. You’ll appreciate the modern museum with the ruins of Ancient Greece.
First on the list is the Olympian, the former temple which was dedicated to no other than Zeus.
Next up is the Panathenaic Stadium, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. It was built in the same location where the original stadium in 330 BC was once standing. It was rebuilt for the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The next time it was used for the Olympic games was in 2004 as the finishing point for the Classic Marathon.
Close by are the National Gardens. Walk through them and take a stop at Zappeion then head up to the Likavittos. Here you can appreciate views on top of Athens and get some astonishing photos. The Likavitos is an amazing site for watching a sunrise or a sunset.
Grab dinner or some drinks at Plaka. You’ll enjoy a great bite and traditional music with a great vibe.
National Archaeological Museum is your first stop. In the Museum you’ll find some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity, it’s the largest Archaeological Museum in Greece.
Take a stroll through the city, and along the way stop at the National Library of Greece
and Academy of Athens then head to the Syntagma Square and the Parliament.
In the evening visit the Monastiraki Flea Market, where you can find traditional Greek products and souvenirs then, later on, enjoy the sunset from Areopagus Hill.
The last day of ancient remains. Start at the Kerameikos Archaeological Site which was named after the potters (Greek: kerameis) who lived and occupied the area.
After that explore the Ancient Agora of Athens. Here you’ll find The Temple of Hephaestus, it’s very well preserved and it’s one of the best-preserved temples of Ancient Greece. There are a lot of remains like Metroon, Monument of the Eponymous Heroes, Stoa of Zeus spread around so take your time.
Next up is the Roman Agora, with the most preserved and beautiful remains: the entrance and Tower of the Winds.
Conclude your day with a walk to the Monument of Philopappos and enjoy the sundown.
We hope you got an idea on how to plan your trip to Athens, for us, it was a splendid experience.
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