There is A LOT to see in Athens.
I mean A LOT.
We were not prepared and did not do enough research on this city. Luckily, I have done that work for you and here I present to you the 10 Attractions I saw in Athens, let you in on some secrets, give you all the hotspots to go and give you a taste of what to expect.
Athens, the land of magical greek creatures. Hercules. Zeus. Lightning bolts and ivy headwraps with beautiful people in white togas.
Yeah, not exactly. But I can see how it was like this back then.
Athens is the capital of Greece and over 3,400 years old. It is home to some of the world's most ancient history. April 2019 I spent 4 days in Athens. 4 days wasn't enough, but luckily I was able to see a lot of things.
1. The Acropolis of Athens
NO WORDS. Just go. You feel like you can touch the sky and you can hear God talking. It is located on a hill that was inhabited as far back as 495 BC(according to Wikipedia.) Acropolis means "highest point" in Greek. Amazing. Also, you need to pay to get in.
This monster is a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. I am not going to lie, before this trip, I couldn't tell the Parthenon from the Acropolis. (You can admit it too guys 😑) It's absolutely stunning and to think it was created for a woman. How sexy.
3. & 4. Kermeikos and Ancient Agora
You can see these two along with Parthenon. I suggest you spend a few hours and walk the grounds. Kind of surreal.
I highly and I mean highly recommend this bus tour. You see all of Athens and the information the tour guide gives is really useful. It also takes you to the beachside of Athens. If you go, try to stay in the beachside for lunch and then catch another bus back to the center of Athens. Don't argue, just go, you'll understand when you see it. It's worth it.
6. Herodes Theatre
When we went, you weren't allowed to go inside, but WOW. Can you imagine everyone sitting in that theater back then? Yeah me neither.
7. Monastiraki Square
The center of Athens. There is a flea market, lots of shops and restaurants
A small village inside Athens. It is said to be the oldest part of Athens. Its a really cute neighborhood with winding roads. Great place for pics and lots of tourist shops!
If you start at Monastiraki Square, you can walk your way up to the top of this hill. The view is absolutely stunning. You can see the view of the Acropolis. It is also free to get up the mountain. We met these guys...
10. The Acropolis Museum
We didn't go, but we wish we would have. It is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.
This trip, I was with my friend Jeanette. At that time, we were both Americans living in Paris. From Paris, the flight to Athens was about 3 hours. We flew Aegean Airlines, Greece's flag carrier airline. April in Athens meant it wasn't hot, but it wasn't cold. 20-24 Celcius. The taxi to the hotel was about 25 minutes and cost around 30€. NOTE: There is no Uber in Athens. Taxi's work just fine, or you can download the app Beat.
Where We Stayed:
We stayed at a super cute 4* boutique hotel called Blend. It was right in the center of Athens. We took the Superior room (enough space for the two of us) and included was a super yummy fresh breakfast with options and lots of cute room amenities. (It was around 150€ per night when I traveled. But I'm bougie. Airbnb works just as well!)
Restaurants/Food: To be honest, we love Greek food, so we found all food and restaurants to be amazing. Jeanette is a vegetarian and gluten-free and we found a lot of places for her to eat. We had a nice meal at a restaurant on a hill in Plaka called: Sissifos. I am not sure if it is still open, but we enjoyed it! Greek food is the bomb and pretty healthy. No issues.
Nightlife: Guys, being two African-Americans in Greece was interesting. We were definitely highly sought after with the opposite species of men. Sometimes it was aggressive and annoying, but as I'm writing this during confinement, I'm not going to complain about it anymore. We didn't go out much, but we enjoyed a bar called: The Clumsies and we absolutely loved it.
Synopsis: A piece of history on hills surrounded archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athensere's so much to see and learn. I will definitely be going back, 100%. Comment below if you have ever been to Athens, or be sure to leave tips for others!