8:00Just how much can one fit into 24 hours in Athens? Quite a lot actually! There’s only one place to start the day if you want to see the best of Greece’s capital – by visiting the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
9:00Explore the surrounding green-topped foothills that represent an open air archaeological park. Flanked by 5 km of pedestrian-only pathways, wander among ancient sites including the Theatre of Dionysus and the Ancient Agora.
10:00 Next stop, the enchanting and historic neighborhood of Plaka. After your walk, head to the New Acropolis Museum and grab a quick bite at the café, which offers a stunning view of the Acropolis.
12:00It’s time to head downtown, at Syntagma Square. See the Greek Parliament building and the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is guarded by the Presidential Guards. Watch the unique changing of the guard that takes place every hour.
13:00Take your pick of one of the museums on Vassilissis Sofias Avenue: The Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum, the Museum of the City of Athens or the War Museum are all in close proximity.
14:00 Shopaholics can browse the many shops along Ermou Street or Voukourestiou Street heading up towards Kolonaki, where they can also take some time out for a coffee in one of the many pavement cafes on Skoufa Street.
15:30Head for the coast! Take the tram or a bus from Syntagma to the first stop on the Athenian Riviera, at Paleo Faliro. Ηit the pedestrian promenades of Flisvos Marina, where there are expensive yachts to be admired and plenty of bars and restaurants.
18:30For those travelling with little ones, make a pit stop at Flisvos Park, the largest children’s playgrounds in Athens. For more shopping and coastal sightseeing take the tram further south all the way to Glyfada.
20:00Upon returning to the centre, enjoy a dinner and a drink with a breathtaking view of the Acropolis at one the city’s many rooftop bars at the bohemian Psyrri area.
23:00Time for night owls to shine and find out why Athens has a reputation for being a city of insomniacs. Ηead to the dizzying array of bars and clubs in central districts such as Monastiraki, Gazi, Kerameikos, Psirri and Petralona. Cheers!
10:00After the exertions of Day 1, it’s time for a more chilled-out day of sightseeing. After you grab a Greek coffee, take a stroll through the National Gardens – a true oasis in the city center.
12:00Choose an alternative city tour - via the open top Double Decker bus (www.city-sightseeing.gr) or the hop-on hop-off Happy Train (www.athenshappytrain.com) - and go through the historic center. Make a stop at Monastiraki!
15:00Enter the Temple of Olympian Zeus to marvel at one of Athens’ most ambitious architectural projects. Next, visit the Panathenaic Stadium, the venue that hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896 and the only stadium of its kind in the world, made entirely from white marble!
17:00Be sure to include a visit up to Lycabettus Hill. If legs are weary then take the cable car that’s hewn into the rock. Time the visit for sunset to get a spectacular 360-degree view of the city below. There’s also a cosy café-bar to enjoy a drink and a snack.
20:00Put the icing on another perfect day with another great night out. Head to Agia Irini Square nearby Kolokotroni Street to one of the plethora of bars and enjoy let the bartenders take care of the rest – prepare to be amazed by their amazing cocktails!
10:00Take a day-trip along the Attica coastline to Cape Sounio and visit the majestic Temple of Poseidon. A rental car would be the best option as you can go at your own pace and stop off wherever you see fit!
14:00Places with cafes and restaurants that can be enjoyed all year round and give you a feel for urban coastal living in Athens include Alimos and Kalamaki. Breathe in the fresh air and leave your worries behind!
16:00Spend some time shopping in Glyfada - popular seaside hangout for the “in crowd” of Athens, where there are wide pedestrian sidewalks and plenty of boutiques to get lost in. Alternatively, make a stop at Vouliagmeni Lake and enjoy a thermal spa!
18:00After a shopping or coffee break, head back on to Poseidon Avenue and on to Sounio to visit the iconic Temple of Poseidon, passing a cluster of coastal districts such as Voula, Varkiza, Anavyssos, Lagonissi, and Saronida along the way.
20:00For the ultimate experience, stay to watch the sunset before heading back. If you are up for a memorable farewell dinner in the city centre, choose a restaurant at the vibrant neighborhood of Kerameikos.
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