1. Take a stroll through the historic neighborhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki, where you’ll find charming cobblestone streets lined with shops, cafes, and tavernas. Thousands of Athenians ever day use these streets as veins in order to reach to heart of Athens. Discovery is always around the corner in the city center, from significant historical artifacts hiding in plain view, to towering churches from every time period imaginable. Grab a souvlaki on the go or catch your breath with homemade lemonade, browse the endless shops nestled in the Ancient Agora and get lost among the winding roads leading up and down the cinematic Anafiotika neighborhood. These ancient streets truly are the lifeblood of the city and are the most authentic to experience the hustle and bustle of downtown Athens.
2. Visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon, two of the most iconic landmarks in Athens making sure to climb to the top for panoramic views of the city. With visibility all the way to the Piraeus port on a clear day it is a popular weekend meet up spot among the city’s youth and young at heart. Multiple routes and look out locations mean no two trip will be the same so get creative, explore and let out your inner child as you hike up the hill in awe of the beauty and wonder. With breathtaking views overlooking the expansive city, this is the prime location to get the perfect sunset picture to summarize a perfect vacation!
3. Sample some traditional Greek dishes at a local tavern. Greeks love their food and for good reason, it is delicious healthy and simple! In fact the publication Tasteatlas rated Greek cuisine the second best in the entire world! Most visitors to Athens are already familiar with olive, feta cheese and tzatziki but however moussaka, dolmadakia (stuffed grape leaves) saganaki and of course souvlakia will inspire new culinary sensations to anyone trying them for the first time! In addition to being flavorful the Mediterranean diet has been proven to increase ones lifespan and even reduce the risk of heart disease so say “Kali Orexi” (enjoy your meal) and get ready to taste the Mediterranean.
4. Visit one of Athens’ many wine bars and try some of the local wines. The region of Attica, where Athens is located, is known for its wine production, particularly retsina, which is a white wine flavored with pine resin. Dionysus the Greek god of wine and festivities still has a strong grip over the people of Athens as any day of the week, bustling wine bars and taverns are keeping up the ancient tradition of sharing stories among friends new and old over a bottle of local wine. If you are not sure where to go, trust the experts and join the best Wine Tasting Tours.
5. Take a bike tour through the city to see some of the lesser-known neighborhoods and landmarks. With so much rich history and culture everywhere, it is impossible to experience Athens all at once, especially on foot! However riding on two wheels helps glide you along the ancient streets at brisk pace giving you a different perspective on the city and some exercise at the same time! Make a detour through the National Garden and experience local fauna and flora in a quite scenic environment surrounded by nature and history. If you are looking for more a more urban adventure then the Kerameikos neighborhood has you covered. Combining the past and present a unique blend of culture has emerged as a result the archaeological pottery sites being in sharp contrast to the thriving clubbing and bar scene just a stone’s throw away. Finally no bike tour can be complete without a refreshing authentic Greek coffee at a local café in view of the Acropolis to bring to a close a perfect day of sightseeing! Sounds interesting? Join one of the most famous Bike Tours and experience it now!