The capital of Greece and the oldest city in Europe, Athens is a city with a rich history like no other.
Spectacular landscapes of mountains, hills and lakes combine with some of the finest ancient architecture in the world, making it a must-visit destination for the modern tourist.
With so much history, culture and art on offer, it can be hard to know where to start, so read on for just a few of the best things to do in this Ancient Greek city.
Top Things To Do
Athens is arguably most famous for its architecture, and with good reason. Visitors are spoilt for choice with an abundance of Ancient Greek temples to visit, many of which are extremely well-preserved.
The Parthenon, on the Acropolis of Athena, is one of the most popular, but there’s plenty more to see including the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Temple of Hephaestus and the Temple of Aphrodite Urania.
Guided sightseeing tours are available, or simply take a picnic and map and go exploring.
Most people are familiar with traditional dishes such as Greek salad or moussaka, and while they’re still a must-try when in the region, there are plenty of lesser-known recipes to get stuck into.
Stifado is a delicious stew made from onions, tomatoes and lamb, octopus or rabbit, or try Psarokeftedes, deep-fried ‘meatballs’ made with fish.
There’s an abundance for those who don’t eat meat, too, with popular dishes including briam; a roasted selection of Mediterranean ingredients such as aubergine, courgette, tomatoes and peppers.
In the heart of the city lies a 24-hectare oasis with over 500 species of plants, trees and flowers. In addition, the gardens feature six lakes, a conservatory and a children’s library complete with reading rooms and a fairy tale room.
There’s plenty for history lovers too, with the famous sundial situated at the main entrance and a section of Roman floor within the gardens, uncovered during excavations in the 19th century.
If you want a break from the bustle of the city or a romantic afternoon stroll then the National Gardens are well worth a visit.
It’s not all Ancient Greek architecture in Athens, there’s a plethora of history, modern art and speciality museums in the city.
The Hellenic Motor Museum is a must for car lovers, but there’s a museum or gallery for any taste, with niche subjects including the Greek Gastronomy Museum, Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum and even a Museum of Greek Popular Instruments.
There’s over 20 art galleries, too, including the contemporary Pandora Art Gallery and The Art Foundation, a multi-purpose culture space with cafe, gallery and more.