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Athens is home to one of the most famous sites in the world - the Acropolis. But there is so much more - the city is also known for its great food, natural beauty, and its cultural and religious history.
My favorite thing about Athens is the energy of the city, with the buzz of the laid-back coffee culture and spirited nightlife.
This guide will show you things to do in Athens besides visiting the Acropolis (which you also really must do).
So I will admit that one of the number one things to do in Athens is to visit the Acropolis. There's so much information out there though, that's really all I need to say.
The Acropolis is an ancient Greek complex located above the city of Athens. It contains several ancient buildings including the Parthenon, The Temple of Athena, and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre.
To visit the Acropolis we suggest visiting early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.
The Acropolis is a popular stop on the cruise ship circuit and they start arriving late morning. Visiting it before or after they arrive is the easiest way to make the most of your trip.
To escape the crowds and heat, go to the Acropolis Museum to learn about the history. There's a good video that shows the history of the Parthenon.
Purchase skip the line tickets to avoid queues. Anything that helps you get into the site faster will help you have optimal time exploring.
A prominent 277-meter hill that is visible from all over Athens is one of the best places to watch the sunset.
It is one of my favorite sites because you can see the entire city, including the Acropolis, all the way to the sea.
It also offers a cafe (open for breakfast and lunch) and an upscale restaurant, Orizontes (open for dinner).
There is a funicular that can take you to the top, or you can take the stairs if you’re looking for some extra exercise.
“Odeon” in ancient Greece was a building for singing and musical shows.
In Athens, the Odeon is the theatre that sits at the base of the Acropolis and to this day it hosts world-renowned artists, like the Foo Fighters in 2017 and Sting in 2018.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to watch a concert in the oldest of venues.
It’s intimate and every seat offers great views of the stage. As part of the Epidaurus Festival every summer, the Odeon hosts dozens of concerts.
Don’t be afraid to attend theatre events! Unless noted specifically, theater shows will have English subtitles.
If you need a natural rejuvenation, Lake Vouliagmeni is the place for you.
A 30-min drive from the center of Athens, this lake surrounded by limestone caves.
It is supplied by an underground tunnel from the sea, which keeps the water quite warm all year. The warm mineral water of the natural springs has healed the ailments of the Greeks for centuries.
Take a relaxing swim in the lake and let the Garra rufa fish, the same fish at fish spas around the world, clean your skin.
The lake has many facilities including a restaurant, lockers and changing rooms, showers, access for people with disabilities, as well as sunbeds and umbrellas.
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