20 Things to do in Athens Greece Travel Guide

Although our visit was brief, Audrey and I still did our mission to see as many sights and attractions as possible around Athens, Greece. We headed to visit temples and ruins full of history, but along the way we also discovered that the Greek capital is a city with a pretty cool atmosphere, lots of art, and food. This video guide will show you 20 things to do in Athens, Greece:

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1) Parthenon (Παρθενών – Παρθενώνας)
2) Erechtheion (Erechtheum) Ἐρέχθειον – Ερέχθειο)
3) The Philopappos Monument (Μνημείο Φιλοπάππου) on Mouseion Hill
4) Traditional Greek food (Greek salad, Saganaki and Moussaka)
5) Mount Lycabettus (Lykabettos or Lykavittos – Λυκαβηττός)
6) Night views of Athens
7) Temple of Zeus in Olympia
8) Hadrian's Arch (Αψίδα του Αδριανού – Hadrian's Gate)
9) Monastiraki flea market and vintage market
10) Greek street food (Souvlaki – σουβλάκι and Gyro Pita – γύρος)
11) Street Art in Psirri (Psyri or Psiri or Psirri or Psirri – Ψυρρή ή Ψυρή)
12) Kerameikos Cemetery (Νεκροταφείο Κεραμικού)
13) Changing of the guard
14) National Garden (Royal Garden – Εθνικός Κήπος)
15) Athens Central Market – Agora
16) Agora (Ἀγορά Agorá)
17) Acropolis Museum (Μουσείο Ακρόπολης)
18) Plaka (Plaka – Πλάκα)
19) Hadrian's Library
20) Greek cooking class (Learn to make Greek food and Greek cuisine)

We sincerely hope that this travel guide to Athens, Greece is a good primer and introduction to Greek culture, Greek food (Greek cuisine), and numerous attractions and things to do and see in the city. We cover the arts, entertainment, museums and architecture that we believe are worth exploring. In terms of tourism, this travel video tries to take you to all the famous sites as well as many of the places off the path you may have missed otherwise.

Athens (Greek: Αθήνα, Athína – Ἀθῆναι)

20 Things to do in Athens Greece Top Travel Guide Transcript:

Well, good afternoon from sunny Athens. We are currently exploring the Greek capital. We recently spent a few days traveling through Meteora and now we are finishing our trip here in Athens. We have two full days to explore the city, which is not long, but let's try to do our best.

Our first stop was one of the most recognizable places in Athens – the Parthenon, which was dedicated to the Athena goddess who was seen as the patron saint of Athens.

After sunset we stayed at Mount Lycabettus for some night views of the city before taking the funicular to the bottom. Seeing the Acropolis all lit up at night was a pretty cool view!

Next we visit the Temple of Zeus, which once housed the statue of Zeus, and was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

When it comes to shopping, there are a few different options. We headed to Monastiraki, which is one of the main commercial districts of Athens. Here we visit both the flea market and the antique shops of the area.

The Agora was the central point in ancient Greek city-states, and is where people gathered.

So we are finishing our time here in Athens. Any surprises or final thoughts to share? Yes, something that really surprised me was the amount of stray animals I saw on the streets.

I also thought there were really good options to eat. We had a number of really good Greek meals and also some very good international food.

Final thoughts, I think this is a really underrated capital in Europe. A lot like Warsaw in Poland, so if you get a chance to visit Athens in Greece definitely do it.

What did you think of Athens? Well, I thought it was a really cool city and actually had a great time here. It reminded me a bit of Tel Aviv with the Mediterranean atmosphere but also Berlin because it is very artistic and sandy. So it's a very nice place to check out. Great food, lots of attractions. You have a mix of antiquity with urban.

And that's a wrap for Athens! We hope you enjoyed this city guide and will be useful when planning your own trip.

This is part of our Travel in Greece series. We are doing a series of videos showing Greek culture, Greek arts, Greek food and Greek cuisine.

Music on this video courtesy of Audio Network

Video credits to Samuel and Audrey – Travel and Food Videos YouTube channel

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20 Things to do in Athens Greece Travel Guide

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  1. I do not need to waste my time seeing othe people eat. I WANT TO SEE GREAT, HISTORICAL, REFINED GREECE, THE CRADLE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION.  Are you illiterates being paid by any financial institution ?  IDIOTS, WAKE UP !

  2. Hi,I suggest you visit the greek islands and especially Santorini.Athens is a pretty ugly city in general.

  3. Actually, the statue of Zeus that was one of the Seven Wonders was at Olympia, in the Peloponnesos.

  4. Greeks do not want to work hard. For them it is easier to lie to the Europeans and get money from their tax payers like Germany, Holland, Scandinavia etc. What they like is hanging around at the beach.

  5. Ηi guys! First of all thank you so much for all you said and showed about my city. Trouth is that your tour was too touristic, in the sense that your otherwise so beautiful video did not catch much of the places where real life in Athens takes place. You didn't show much or at all the old historical center of the city which is also its popular shoping center, you did not showed any of the amazing subway stations, you missed "Gazi" and Technopolis, the most popular outing areas for the younger and not only Athenians which is actually very closed to Kerameikos cemetery which you visited ( actually "Kerameikos" is also the metro station for Gazi which is for Athens what "Village" was or is for N. York), you did not take the tram for a ride across the city's beautiful riviera, you did not even visited Piraeus, Athens's famous port city… i could mention a lot of other things you shoud have done while in Athens, visiting suburbs, monasteries, museums, the Olympic sport center, etc etc, but i guess that you have done the best of what was available, given a short time visit. Remember me next time you come, you must, Athens is growing year by year to the popular international destination it deserves to be! Anyway, thank you again so very much for the positive way you looked at my city, you' re always welcome here!!!

  6. Thank you for sharing. I specially like the travelogue format of your narrative. Great job guys!

  7. thanks in all the assholes that give us millions of dollars just to see our precious temples been drawn with graffiti
    and pay 3 times the price of the most times not down 10 euros food…Oh wait our country will destroy if the
    tourists donesnt come…JYST A JOKE HAHA

    not seriously is just a joke you are not assholes

  8. My dream is to visit Athens Greece as it like its mythology and I wanted to visit it.

  9. In Athens, many of the parents ignore traffic laws with their children. Many of these parents are civil servants. Youth in Greece deserve law-abiding, ethical and conscientious civil servants, their future depends upon it. Let's double traffic fines in capital cities and watch long overdue, law-abiding streets and adults appear, in Athens!!

  10. Stin Athina, pollai gonesis agnooun tou kodika opikis kykloforias metapaidia tous. Pollai aftous tous goneisei nai dimosious servats neolaias stin Ellada axizoum nomo. Tageis ethika kai syneidisis dimosious ypallicous to melliou exartatai apo afto. As diplaprotima stis protevouses kai napara lolouthisete edo kai kairo nomo tageis dromous kai enilikes emfan izontai stin Athina

  11. You definitely have to visit Lebanon guys ! You would love Beirut ! It is amazing ! Thanks for the videos 🙂

  12. It's Mou-Sa-KAH–NOT Mou-SOCK-uh and Mount Lee-Kah-Vee-TOS. If you're going to talk about Athens and food, learn how to pronounce the names of the things you're discussing!

  13. "Our first stop was one of the most recognized sights in Athens – the Parthenon"
    Common man! One of the most recognized sights in the world!
    Realize this is a food vlog but if you had some of the enthusiasm for the ancient sites as you did for cheese and pita you'd have a damn good video here.

  14. You two did a great job with this video. I'm Greek and Athens is a fun dynamic city. There maybe some pockets that are rundown but for the most part even the center is great to be in. The graffiti is the biggest problem in recent years but that will eventually be taken care of. The new generation is more observant and in time changes will be coming.

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