Ten Fun Things to Do
Ten Fun Things to Do in Athens include eating in the Central Market, watching the sun set over the Acropolis and seeing one of the world's oldest theatres.
Sunset on the Acropolis
There are plenty of fun things to do in Athens, as well as
the obvious attractions like visiting the Acropolis, the Plaka, or the National
Archaeological Museum. Sometimes the little fun things might only take a few
minutes but can really add to the pleasure of a visit.
Here's our list of ten fun things to do in Athens, some of
which are free or inexpensive. All of them will add something to your visit to
Athens. Try to fit in as many as you can.
Ten Fun Things to Do
See the Sun Set on
There are sunsets and then there's watching the golden glow
of the sun going down and illuminating the pinkish granite of the 2500-year-old
Acropolis from the top of the Areopagus Hill.
Photograph a Running
O Dromeas means The Runner and this remarkable statue stands in the middle of a traffic island 1.5 kms (about 1 mile) east of Syntagma Square and across from the Athens Hilton. It took sculptor Costas Varotsos six years to put together the thousands of pieces of jagged broken glass which, together, make the shape of a running figure, as if racing into the wind.
Dine in the Athens
Athens Central Market
Central Municipal Athens Market, Filopoimenos 4
To enjoy authentic Greek cooking at cheap prices, forget the tourist areas and head for somewhere like the Oinomageireio H Epirus (Epirus Tavern) restaurant in the city's main market and taste the best moussaka you'll ever eat.
Snap Yourself with an
Evzone Soldier in Athens
Monument of the Unknown Soldier, Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 133
The Presidential Guards known as Evzones guard the Monument
of the Unknown Soldier outside the Hellenic Parliament building. They're used
to being photographed, and having people pose next to them, so don't be shy,
but do be respectful.
See a Play in One of
the World's Oldest Theatres
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Photo by 'Bobby H' and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Areopagitou Dionisiou
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, at the foot of the Acropolis, was built in 161 AD and is still in use today as a performance venue. The best time is in summer during the Athens and Epidaurus Festival when you might see anything from classical Greek drama to rock stars like Sting.
Swim in a Lake that's also a Spa
The Vouliagmenis Lake is less than 30 minutes from the city centre, near the Athenian Riviera, and acts as a natural hot spa. It is fed by underground thermal springs and by warm water from the sea, and it also disappears in an underground cave system that has still not been fully explored.
Walk in the Footsteps
of St Paul
Photo by George E. Koronaios and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
Apostolou Pavlou is a pedestrianised street that follows the
route that the Apostle Paul took when he visited Athens to preach on the
Areopagus Hill. You'll be rewarded for the climb by photos over the city and of
See where the Olympic
Games was Reborn
The Panathenaic Stadium
Panathenaic Stadium, Leoforos Vasileos Konstantinou
The Panathenaic Stadium was used for the first modern
Olympic Games, held here in 1896. It's still a remarkably elegant piece of
architecture, tempting everyone to take 'just one more photo'.
Buy a Souvenir at the
Monastiraki Flea Market
The Monastiraki Flea Market
Many cities have flea markets but you've never seen anything
like Monastiraki every Sunday morning. Running for miles from Monastiraki
Square, it's a mix of western market and eastern bazaar where you can buy
anything from old typewriters to video games, from watches to bicycles, from
religious icons to pornography.
Escape the Heat in a
The National Garden
National Garden, Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 1
The former Royal Garden, now the National Garden, is full of
shady nooks and benches to help escape the summer heat for a while. Take a
picnic and join the locals, and enjoy the ancient remains, all for free.
And here's a map showing you where all these fun things to do in Athens can be found.
Where to Stay in Athens
Other Athens pages
In My Athens on Greece Travel Secrets travel writer Mike Gerrard describes what he loves about Athens including the Acropolis and eating!
Athens, an Eater's Guide to the City, is published by Culinary Backstreets, who do walking food tours in Athens and the book recommends the best places to eat.
Athens Food Tours are being introduced by new company The Greek Fork, and will include tours of the Central Market, and the best street food.
The Greece Travel Secrets guide to the original Athens Olympic Stadium, built for the 1896 Olympic Games and open to the public for jogging and photography.
The Athens National Historical Museum is in the former Greek Parliament building and houses an archive of historical artefacts and documents.
This walk around the Kolonaki neighbourhood of Athens starts and ends in Syntagma Square and takes you to several museums, Kolonaki Square and Mount Lykabettos.
This extract of Artistic Athens in the Lonely Planet book Culture Trails takes visitors on a journey through the artistic side of Athens..
Athens walking tours and other experiences like cookery lessons, ceramics workshops, dining with a family, and street art are available from Alternative Athens
Pictures of Athens from the Greece Travel Secrets website
Greece Travel Secrets gives its choice of the best hotels in Athens from budget and moderate options through to 5-star luxury choices.
There's all kinds of entertainment in Athens whether you're interested in theatre, dance, classical music, jazz, Greek music, rock music, disco, opera or movies.
Athens is a top vacation destination. The Greece Travel Secrets Athens guide has information on hotels, museums, Athens airport and all the best things to do.
Two of the best cocktail bars in Athens, MoMix Kerameikos and The Clumsies, are making creative cocktails using that most Greek of Greek spirits, Metaxa.
A History of Athens from the first people to live on the Acropolis through the Golden Age of Pericles and Alexander the Great to the military junta.
The best things to do in Athens, Greece, include top archaeological sites like the Acropolis and must-see attractions such as the National Archaeological Museum
The Athens War Museum is a fascinating look at Greek history through the lens of warfare from ancient battles to the Greek War of Independence and World War II.
The Athens Museum of Cycladic Art houses a remarkable collection of Cycladic figurines and other items and is one of the best museums in Athens.
The Athens Agora or ancient market is a must-see site and one of the best things to do in Athens with its restored arcade building, the Stoa, and its museum.
Around Monastiraki is the flea market, Athens cathedral, Kerameikos Cemetery, the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art and the Psirri and Gazi nightlife districts.
The best views in Athens include views from the Acropolis and of the Acropolis from the top of some of the city’s several hills and from hotels and restaurants.
Athens culinary tours are among the food walking tours offered by an unusual company, Culinary Backstreets.
The Pnyx hill near the Acropolis is one of Athens' true hidden gems, a place to wander freely away from the crowds and discover ancient places and mysteries.
Syntagma Square or Constitution Square is the main square in Athens and has a metro station, the Greek Parliament building, hotels, cafes, and a post office.
Athens car rental options include almost all of the major international car hire firms such as Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Europcar.
The Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum is housed in a beautiful villa with an underground wing and lovely gardens too.
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