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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 miraculous architecture of this temple still retains an aura of mystery. It was built in the year 407BC! The Portico of the Caryatids is exceptional and it consists of six statues each over two meters high. These statues are cop...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The first place we visited in Athens was Monastiraki square. At first glance, Monastiraki square is very busy and crowded. There fresh fruit stands and balconies full of colorful flowers give the place a very special feeling. And, o...
  • Leaving the Central Market in Athens and walking down the street, one will get to Omonia Square, which is said to be the oldest of the city. Is surrounded by bars and fast-food places and you can see people of all ages around. There...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Odeon was an indoor concert hall measuring 51 x 43 meters and with a ceiling 25 meters long. The building could accommodate about 1000 spectators seated in 19 rows of benches surrounding the marble stage. Two doors allowed entra...
  • 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...
  • 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 Greek food shop is on Tripodon street in Plaka. It is easily recognizable as it's Plakas' busiest street, perhaps the most touristy. It is a must for those who want to see Acropolis on foot. It's in a corner with numerous neon ...
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