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Athens, Greece

Quick Overview

Who is this Trip For?

Athens, being over 3,400 Years old, is one of the most Historically Significant Cities on the Planet. With History that influences Global Culture to this Day!

Explore stunning Ancient Monuments like the Acropolis or the Temple of Zeus, taste the best Greek Cuisine, or wander through beautiful and diverse streets!

If you are interested in History and want to experience an Adventure in this Fascinating City with amazing weather, then 4-5 Days in Athens should be your next Trip!

Suggested Activities

The most famous of Athens’s Monuments, this has to be at the top of your list!

Athens is on one of the richest archaeological Destinations in the World, with new Monuments being Discovered regularly, so you can explore SO MANY unique monuments!

The best way to do that is with a walking tour:

Along with the hostel we recommend, there is an incredible Free Walking Tour starting at the Centrally located Athens Backpackers Hostel (Google Maps Link).

Taking a walking tour with a Guide (there are many offered) is the perfect way to explore ALL that Athens has to offer, and you will learn the most when you have a Guide with you who you can ask all the questions that these stunning sights will undoubtedly inspire!

Learn about the Ancient Greek Civilisation and its art & artefacts in this well put together museum experience!

The charming cobbled streets of the oldest neighbourhood in Athens are fascinating to explore, and so many hidden gems and viewpoint spots will leave you with many cool moments!

The Highest Point in Athens, offering you panoramic views over the entire City, with the Parthenon and Ocean behind!

This hike is well worth the effort!

Google Maps Link (Click Here).

Either an organised tour, or by just tasting several restaurants that catch your eye, taste the Best of Greek cuisine and learn about the food culture!

This market, located in the Plaka neighbourhood, is known for having a bustling atmosphere and a diverse range of goods, from Antiques to Souvenirs!

Top Tips

It is great to know that if you are Under 25 and a European citizen you are able to enter all of the Archaeological sites, Monuments and Museums for FREE!

What the local guides also tell you is that if you want to find an authentic restaurant that is approved by the locals, follow this one simple rule:

If there is someone outside trying to convince or sell you to come and dine with them, walk away!

The local favourites do not need to do this, and will be busy with people eating, not selling you on eating there!

Since you will be visiting popular tourist attractions like the monuments and museums, it is a good idea to get up early to beat the crowds and have the best experience!

Make it Unique

After a few days of exploring, make the most of where you are and head to the nearby coast, which is filled with incredible beaches and crystal clear STUNNING water!

If you don’t want to hike to the highest point, or want to explore a different EPIC Viewpoint!

Head to the top of the Philopappos Hill, specifically to the Philopappos Monument, AT SUNSET, and you will have an incredible view of the sun setting with the Ocean in the distance, as well as a direct view to the Parthenon lit up by the orange Sun!

Popular among the most adventurous visitors, take a ferry to nearby islands such as Hydra, Poros, or Aegina, for a completely unique adventure from the regular Athens experience!

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Athens is through the main Airport, Athens International Airport (ATH), which is a major airport and has many international flights.

Other: There are Trains and Buses from other parts of Greece, and whilst Land borders are open with bordering European countries, it is easiest and fastest to Fly.

How to get Around?

Getting around the city is easy with a combination of Walking and Public Transportation.

Buses and Metro connect the city, and Ferries connect to the nearby Islands.

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Athens is through the main Airport, Athens International Airport (ATH), which is a major airport and has many international flights.

Other: There are Trains and Buses from other parts of Greece, and whilst Land borders are open with bordering European countries, it is easiest and fastest to Fly.

How to get Around?

Getting around the city is easy with a combination of Walking and Public Transportation.

Buses and Metro connect the city, and Ferries connect to the nearby Islands.

Safety Concerns

Athens is considered to be Generally Safe for tourists.

As with any tourist destination, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables safe.

Use common sense to make your Trip enjoyable and have positive interactions with the Locals.

Where to Stay?

We recommend finding accommodation that is within walking distance to the Acropolis, as you can reach most other major attractions easily from that location.

  • Hostels: There are many great options for affordable hostels (prices starting around €10/night), either with shared or private rooms. Hostelworld is a great resource to find and book beds. This is the best value option and ideal for solo travelers.
    The most highly recommended hostel is the Athens Backpackers Hostel which is located in a perfect central location, and even has a rooftop bar with views of the Parthenon, and offers Free Walking Tours of the City
  • There are many great Airbnb offerings, and this option may be the best value for families or groups.
  • Hotels are a good option for families, or people mainly looking to relax.