Things to see in Athens

Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Athens.
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  • This colossal temple is the largest in Greece and it took over 700 years to complete. Originally it had 104 Corinthian columns that reach 17 meters high, of which only 15 remain. The credit for its completion goes to Adriano who pla...
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  • The Erechtheion is an Ionic masterpiece that was built 421-406 BC and it's the most famous temple - the famous tribune of the Caryatids. It's a polychrome portico with 6 columns (originally) with female figures, all the figures are ...
  • The Parthenon is the emblem of the city of Athens. It is very impressive when you arrive there, although you'll already have seen it a thousand times on the TV or on postcards you´ve been sent, but it´s not the same as being there i...
  • Located on the southwest slopes of the Acropolis in Athens, this grand building is also known as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus or Herodeon. Dating back to 161 BC, it was built by Herod Atticus in honor of his wife Grid who had died t...
  • We had to return another day as the museum has very different opening hours. Before going, make sure to check that it will be open. I liked it a great deal, however, if you don't bother with an audio guide or a guide, you may not un...
  • Parliament is guarded by evzones, which are guards dressed in the traditional uniform of a short skirt and brogues with pompoms. On the hour, three replacements arrive parading along Vasilissis Sofias and it makes for a picturesque ...
  • From this small crag, for some a simple rock, you have one of the best views of the sprawling city of Athens. You can see the hills of Licabetos, Filopappos or Ardeto, the dwindling green areas of the city, the Far Piraeus. From her...
  • Oh, the monuments in Athens! In the majestic Agora of Athens, always under the watchful eye of the Acróplolis, rises the Hephaestion, a beautiful, marble temple with Doric columns. It is located in the Agora, as I said before. For t...
  • The Tower of the Winds, also known as Horologion, is a beautiful, well preserved tower located in the old part of the Roman Agora at the bottom part of the Acropolis. The eight facades have the winds blowing in every direction carve...
  • Piraeus is the port in Athens. It is an essential part of the city, even though it's quite far from downtown. It has shipyards, factories manufacturing agricultural machinery, glass, textiles, and chemicals. As you head towards Athe...
  • It has ancient treasures of the Acropolis of Athens arranged harmoniously and with different atmospheres created by light from the windows, according to the time of day. It's built on stilts in the Athenian archaeological site and i...
  • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier monument is next to the parliament building, in front of Syntagma Square. The tomb of the unknown soldier in Paris, is always guarded by Greek guards, Evzones, and is dedicated to the brave soldiers w...
  • This tiny church, which looks more like a chapel from in any village in Greece, is almost eaten by tall, modern buildings in the center of Athens. It's an oasis of calm and tranquility between the vortex and the rush of the Greek ca...
  • I thought back for a moment to 1896 and imagined participating in the Olympics, but the stadium is much smaller than any now as then everyone stood up and cheered the winners. I was impressed with the simplicity of the stadium and o...
  • At the bottom of the Acropolis this is the first thing you see upon entering. It's well preserved and I can not believe that theater was born here. It was built in the fourth century BC, had capacity for 17,000 people and was used a...
  • Near "Vouli", where the Greek parliament is based, this large park is adored by all the inhabitants of the city. It has an area of 16 hectares and although formerly called "Royal Gardens", was renamed the "National Garden" by decree...
  • 10 km from Athens is the port of Piraeus, one of the largest in the Mediterranean. First it was an island, then the port of Athens and currently a city with its own character. Piraeus boats depart linking Athens with the Aegean isla...
  • A large triumphal arch built around 132 BC. The people of the city built it north of the Olympian, the site of the temple of Zeus, in honor of the Emperor Hadrian, who had done many works for the city. It was built on the road leadi...
  • This small market is in the Plaka tourist district, close to the Acropolis and the ruins and monuments which are most visited in the centre. It is rather surprising since antique and flea markets tend to be a bit further away from t...
  • This market does not appear in the guide, but it is not necessary, as you'll find it just off the metro line 1, Piraeus. In fact if you look to the left from the subway booths and shops you will see it at about 300 meters. The marke...
  • Opened in 2001, this new airport was created to accommodate the passengers who came to attend the Olympic Games in 2004, since the airport that was there before it was too small for such an event. Modern, the airport offers numerous...
  • We arrived in Athens after having spent a day in Barcelona which was exhausting. We had to do everything possible there in just a few hours, so we were busted. In addition many of the boys spent the night at the airport so they were...
  • I recently had the opportunity to travel in the Zenith, a Pullmantur cruiseship, and the experience was amazing. The ship departed from Athens (price included a flight from Barcelona) and cruised around some of the Greek islands, Du...
  • This is located next to Monastiraki archaeological site and is a little forgotten by tourists. In it you can see the remains of the walls of Athens. You can also see graves, tombstones and sculptures. In its museum are the originals...
  • This hill, near Filopappos, has a privileged location and history. It is now used as an outdoor theater for plays and live music. Not a great end to what once was the home and center of democracy in the IV and V centuries BC. This p...
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