15 Things You Need To See In Athens, Greece

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Rich in tradition and culture, Athens is a great city to visit. It's famous for hosting the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and is home to the Acropolis, one of the eight man-made wonders of the world. Athens, the capital city of Greece, is well-known for its art and architecture, and is full of history and stories that date back over thousands of years.

Here are 15 things you need to see in Athens, Greece!



1. The Acropolis of Athens
A visit to Athens would be incomplete without exploring The Acropolis. This ancient site towers over Athens and you can't help but see it from almost all parts of the city. Tickets cost 12 Euro for adults, or if you're a student living within the EU admission is free. This also includes admission to the Theatre of Dionysos, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library, Keramikos and The Temple of Olympian Zeus.



2. Syntagma Square & The Greek Parliament Building
Although the Greek Parliament Building isn't going to win any awards for being outstandingly beautiful (I'm afraid the parliament building in Budapest has firmly stole my heart there) - this spot is still an interesting place to visit. This is mostly down to the presidential guards known as Evzones! Their unique uniforms are made up of a kilt, a red hat, and shoes that remind me of Santa's elves' shoes. The guards then work in pairs where they perform very slow moves and marches. It's so fascinating to watch!



3. The National Garden
Right next to the Greek Parliament building is the gorgeous national garden. Here there are lots of paths to wander down, beautiful flowers, and in the middle of the garden there's also a small lake. It's a lovely place to go for a walk, or even have a picnic.



4. Hadrian's Library
Included in a ticket to the Acropolis is entry to the site of Hadrian's Library. The only main section of the library that's still preserved today is the west wall, but it's still an interesting place to visit for twenty minutes or so.



5. Panathenaic Stadium
Home to the first modern Olympic games in 1896, the Panathenaic Stadium is one of the main historic sites in Athens. It's the only stadium in the world to be built of marble, and in 1896 hosted 80,000 spectators to watch the events. To visit, tickets cost 5 Euro (or 2,50 Euro for students), and this also includes the use of an audio guide.



6. Temple of Olympian Zeus 
Another well known landmark in Athens is the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Many of the columns are still intact today, and the entrance fee is included in the ticket for the Acropolis.



7. Arch of Hadrian
Located right next to the Temple of Olympian Zeus is the Arch of Hadrian. This historic landmark once lied on an ancient street to divide the old city and the new part of the city. In 1778 it was converted into a gate as part of the defence wall around Athens.



8. Roman Agora
One of the smallest ancient sites in Athens is the Roman Agora. Like many of the other sites, entrance to here is included in the price of your ticket for the Acropolis. One thing to note though is the early closing times for the site! It can often be as early as 3pm!



9. Philopappos Hill
For the best view of the Acropolis head up to the top of Philopappos Hill. It only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the top, and the views are definitely worth it. From here you have unrivaled views of the Parthenon, and although the area is no longer a well-kept hidden secret, we only met a couple of other travellers along the way.



10. The Acropolis Museum
If you're interested in archaeology, you can't go to Athens and not visit the Acropolis museum. It's roughly a 5-10 minute walk from the Acropolis itself, and general admission is 5 Euro (or free for students living within the EU).



11. Mars Hill
Another popular place for viewing the Acropolis from afar is Mars Hill (also known as Aeropagus Hill). You'll find it right next to the bottom of the entrance to the Acropolis, and it doesn't involve half as much climbing as walking up Philopappos Hill. Just be careful as the marble can be pretty slippery!




12. Ancient Agora
Spend an hour or so wandering around the Ancient Agora of Athens. Here you will find the Temple of Hephaestus which was once used as a place of worship, and Stoa of Attalos, an impressive structure which was once used as a market place.




13. Monastiraki Square & The Flea Market
If you're looking to do a little shopping, perhaps for some souvenirs, you should definitely check out the flea market near Monastiraki Square. There are so many little shops and stalls, and plenty of restaurants if you want to grab some food as well.



14. Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens
Athens Cathedral is a beautiful piece of architecture. There's a large, open square outside by the entrance which makes for a great place to people watch and soak up the sun.



15. Mount Lycabettus
For amazing panoramic views of Athens, head to the top of Mount Lycabettus. It takes roughly twenty minutes to walk to the top, or there's also a cable car available. However, the cable car runs through a tunnel so you miss out on the views as you travel to the top. From here you can see the Acropolis in the distance, and the whole city spread out below.

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Have you ever visited Athens before? If so, what were your favourite things to do?

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  1. The Greek islands are my absolute favourite places to visit, but I've never been to the mainland. It looks incredible - I would love to visit Athens and see all of the history xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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