Discover Athens

Top 10 things to do in Athens

Athens is considered Europe’s historical capital and one of the world’s emblematic cities. During its long and fascinating history the city reached its zenith in the 5th century B.C. when its values and civilization acquired a universal significance and glory. Here are the best things to see in Greece’s proud and passionate capital.

1. Monastiraki

The Old Town market district Monastiraki is a favorite among tourists. Though souvenirs dominate its storefronts, there's plenty on offer for every taste!

2. Parthenon

More than the ruins of an old temple, the Parthenon is an icon of Western civilization, making it the site of Athens' most essential tours!

3. Acropolis

Many of Ancient Athens' most important buildings were erected in the Acropolis to protect them from invasion. Although ancient most still look pretty good for their age!

4. Erechtheion

Built on the site where legend tells Poseidon and Athena competed to be the city's patron god, the Erechtheion was once considered more holy than the Parthenon!

5. Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis, now mostly in ruin is a monument to Athens' former glory. More than 4,000 objects excavated from the area can now be seen at the Acropolis Museum!

6. National Archaeological Museum

Widely considered to be one of the best museums in the world, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens boasts many of Greece's most important artifacts.

7. Syntagma Square

Named after the Greek Constitution of 1844, the grand Syntagma Square at the foot of the Old Royal Palace has been the epicenter of Greek politics ever since!

8. Temple of Olympian Zeus

Once considered the epitome of Doric architecture, the important temple Olympieion was home to the gold Statue of Zeus – one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

9. Temple of Athena Nike

Nike is the Ancient Greek word for victory, and the prominently placed Temple of Athena Nike on the Acropolis was built to aid the Athenian Empire's wars against Sparta.

10. Plaka

This historic district at the foot of the Acropolis is also known as the ``Neighborhood of the Gods.`` Plaka is a great place to wander around and maybe even see an archaeological dig!

How to move around Athens

Take a historic tour and explore Athens charming old-style neighborhoods. The city’s public transportation network offers a wide variety of routes, combining many different means, namely the metro, railway, buses, trolleybuses, and trams. Visit the following website for information about the different transportation services and their cost.