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