Things to do in Athens

Things to do in Athens

Check out a couple of ideas on what you can do in the Greek capital!

1. Monastiraki

The Old Town market district Monastiraki is a favorite among tourists. Though souvenirs dominate its storefronts, there's plenty on offer for every taste!

2. Parthenon

More than the ruins of an old temple, the Parthenon is an icon of Western civilization, making it the site of Athens' most essential tours!

3. Acropolis

Many of Ancient Athens' most important buildings were erected in the Acropolis to protect them from invasion. Although ancient most still look pretty good for their age!

4. Erechtheion

Built on the site where legend tells Poseidon and Athena competed to be the city's patron god, the Erechtheion was once considered more holy than the Parthenon!

5. Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis, now mostly in ruin is a monument to Athens' former glory. More than 4,000 objects excavated from the area can now be seen at the Acropolis Museum!

6. National Archaeological Museum

Widely considered to be one of the best museums in the world, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens boasts many of Greece's most important artifacts.

7. Syntagma Square

Named after the Greek Constitution of 1844, the grand Syntagma Square at the foot of the Old Royal Palace has been the epicenter of Greek politics ever since!

8. Temple of Olympian Zeus

Once considered the epitome of Doric architecture, the important temple Olympieion was home to the gold Statue of Zeus – one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

9. Temple of Athena Nike

Nike is the Ancient Greek word for victory, and the prominently placed Temple of Athena Nike on the Acropolis was built to aid the Athenian Empire's wars against Sparta.

10. Plaka

This historic district at the foot of the Acropolis is also known as the ``Neighborhood of the Gods.`` Plaka is a great place to wander around and maybe even see an archaeological dig!

The Taste of Athens

There is a food revolution going on in Athens and some of its best food can be found on the streets, in traditional tavernas as well as the more polished neo-tavernas that are a growing trend in the city. Whether you prefer fine-dining or experiencing the vibrant flavors of local tavernas, Athens has something to offer every taste. Olive oil, vegetables, fish and feta are key ingredients in Greek cuisine and make every meal an experience.