Since I just got home from a trip to Athens, I feel like it is a great time to talk about how amazing it is. I did not go to Greece with any real expectations, but I will say that it totally surpassed any expectations I could have ever imagined. Not only are the people super friendly, but the city is very easily navigable, and everything is so cheap. In fact, my mom and I ate lunch one day for just €4,80. I don’t think any of our meals the whole trip cost any more than €20.

This city is so rich in history that you can truly just get lost. Below are just five places you won’t want to miss visiting in Athens.

  1. Acropolis of Athens and the Parthenon
    This pretty much goes without saying as most people know this site. It costs €10 to climb to the top of the Acropolis, but it is worth it. The top of the Acropolis delivers the most spectacular view of the city. It simply is breathtaking.Acropolis of Athens
  2. Monastiraki Flea Market
    Monastiraki is such a fun area of Athens. There are so many shops with a huge variety of goods for purchase including souvenirs and other odds and ends. There are also some really cute restaurants.
  3. Syntagma Square and Parliament
    Syntagma Square is in the center of Athens and is home to several restaurants, shops, kiosks, and city transportation stops. The Parliament Building is just across the street from Syntagma Square. The building is beautiful and you can watch the changing of the guards every hour.
  4. Hadrian’s Arch and The Temple of Zeus
    Hadrian’s Arch is a beautiful structure that’s just down from the center of the city. It sits directly in front of the remains of The Temple of Zeus. Both are beautiful photo opps you should go see. Both have great history to read up on also.
  5. Aegean Sea
    If you are willing to get out of the city for a little bit, take the city tram or a taxi down to the Aegean Sea. The view is beautiful. I wouldn’t recommend a barefoot walk on the beach though as it is coarse sand and very rocky.

Of course, Athens offers rich history and a wide array of sites to see. These are just few I loved. What other places do you recommend visiting? Let me know if you have been to Athens.

Traveling Athens