No money? No problem. Here’s how to make the most of Athens in two days, if you’re on a tight budget.

Day 1

Morning

This view won't cost you a thing.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Day 1

Lunch

Greek salad, one of the traditional dishes you have to try while in Athens.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Day 1

Afternoon

You just might stumble upon your new favourite vintage find in one of these shops.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Protogenous Street in Psirri.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Day 1

Evening

The periptero will have everything you need for a late night. Or any time, really.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Day 2

Morning

Renzo Piano designed the new National Library.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Day 2

Lunch

Swimmers and sunbathers at Vouliagmeni.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Invest in a multi-site ticket to explore six different archeological wonders in the city.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Day 2

Afternoon

The metro in Athens is also a free archaeological museum and art gallery.

Photo: Georgios Makkas

Day 2

Evening

There's no shortage of cheap eats—and drinks—in Platia Mavili.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis