Athens, the capital city of Greece and also the largest city in the country, has a rich history that has contributed a ton to Western culture. After all, Greece is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, literature, political science, many scientific and mathematical principles, Western dramas, and of course, the Olympic Games.
Visiting the capital of this incredible country is a fantastic way to take in all of these accomplishments. Athens in an incredibly fun city to visit, and the food is absolutely incredible. Here’s what to do with three days in Athens.
Start out with a walking tour of the city. This is a great way to get your bearings while you learn about the local history. These tend to be about 3 hours long, and will usually take you to the archeological sites around the city.
Next, you can visit the Acropolis museum along with the ruins. The entrance of the museum along with many parts of the building are made of glass, so you can look down at the ancient ruins and stunning views. There’s a wonderful cafe with breathtaking sights along with a view of the Acropolis in the distance.
Visit the National Gardens and stoll around the city. Window shop (or actually shop!) at Syntagma Square and Ermou Street which offer plenty of shops for you to explore.
Finish off the day with a delicious dinner: make sure you try Greek salad and a gyro pita. You might think you know these staples, but the local ingredients truly take them to the next level.
Try to get an early start and head towards the Acropolis. Try to book tickets in advance to save yourself some time standing in line. Visiting the site will take anywhere between one to two hours. Take the north exit and visit the Ancient Agora, which has been restored and is beautiful.
Grab some lunch and then take a visit to the local Athens Flea Market. Here you’ll find affordable souvenirs and gifts for friends. You can also buy cheap and delicious fresh fruit where you’ll find incredible cherries, pears, nectarines, and more excellent Mediterranean delights.
Take a visit to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which is the largest temple of the Athenian ancient ruins. It’s located right in the middle of the city. It is absolutely stunning to see, and won’t take so long to see.
Stop for lunch at Fish Cafe, which is right next to Athens Studios. It is affordable and incredibly delicious. Best of all, they served freshly baked bread that’s made on the premises.
Next, visit the Library of Hadrian and the museum that’s located inside.
Enjoy your last evening in the city, and make sure to try any foods you haven’t had a chance to taste yet.