Athens offers a wide variety of archeological sites, neighborhoods, museums and many more exciting things. However, if you only have a few days, we suggest you start with the list below:
Many of the museums are also open in the evening, so combining Greek lessons in the morning with sightseeing in the afternoon is the ideal solution for a perfect city trip!
The Acropolis site & museum
Inevitably, the Acropolis is number one on the list. The Acropolis Museum is known both for the archaeological interest of the collection and the amazing architecture of the building itself. Highlights include a rich collection of archaic sculptures, pieces showing the transition to the Classical Period, works by the sculptor Pheidias and four of the original six Caryatids. When visiting the Parthenon, we suggest taking the entrance across the museum (next to the Greek Tourist Office), so as to pass by the theatres (Theatre of Dionysus & The Odeon of Herodes Atticus) first.
The Ancient Agora
Τhe Ancient Agora (archeological site), next to the Monasteraki or Thissei Metro stations, is a very pleasant and peaceful oasis, especially on a sunny day, in the middle of the Plaka area. In the heart of ancient Athens, it was the center of political, commercial, administrative and social life, as well as the religious and cultural center of the city. You can visit the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos (now also a museum) and continue walking through the site towards the Temple of Hephaestus.
Although this is the part of Athens most frequented by tourists and is often quite crowded, it is a very picturesque and colorful neighborhood with many shops, restaurants and bars.
The Panathenaic Stadium or Panathinaiko
The Panathenaic Stadium or Panathinaiko, also known as the Kalimarmaro (Καλλιμάρμαρο, meaning the “beautifully marbled”), hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Reconstructed from the remains of an ancient Greek stadium, it is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of the white marble of Mount Penteli and is also one of the oldest in the world.
Located in front of the Greek parliament, “Constitution Square” is the epicenter of modern Greek politics. Furthermore, it plays an important role, both in history and in modern life, as it is often the gathering point for concerts, events or demonstrations! You can combine your walk on the square with a visit to the Greek parliament or take pictures of the Greek presidential evzone guards.