Don’t worry if you miss them: At kilometre 3.6, turn right into Irodou Attikou Street and run downhill: along the way, you will pass the Evzones’ boxes where they stand guard. You’ll also see the Maximos Mansion, seat of the prime minister, and the Presidential Palace. Be sure to keep the National Garden on your right always.
If it is a hot day, cut right into the garden and seek out its cool paths. Otherwise, at the bottom of Irodou Attikou, you will experience the exact same view that marathon runners witness on their final stretch: The pearly white marble Panathenaic stadium opening up in front of you, across Vasilissis Sofias Avenue. There’s no need to cross into the stadium at this point, as it is not open for running (though you can visit it later on foot).
We suggest you continue running around the Zappeion cluster to clock some more city landmarks: you’ll whip past the Fokianos vintage gymnasium, the Zappeion Hall, and the Ethnikos Tennis Club as you move along the newly pedestrianized Vasilissis Olgas Avenue, back towards the Acropolis.
At 5 kilometres from your start, you will reach the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Gates of Hadrian, the most philhellene of Roman emperors. Across the street, Dionysiou Areopagitou beckons, and a couple of hundred metres further along, the Acropolis museum, where you began.