Athens, Greece stands apart from any other city in the world because of its rich and vast culture and history. It's ancient ruins and museums are world-renowned and should be on everyone's travel bucket list.
There are numerous things to do that can only be experienced in Athens. The ancient Greek metropolis takes you back in time where tourists will see the awe-inspiring Parthenon and Theatre of Dionysus. But, besides its historical landmarks, travelers will find the Plaka, a colorful neighborhood in Athens sprawling with cafes, shops, and restaurants where the smell of authentic Greek dishes will make anyone's mouth water.
Here we've listed five important and must-see parts of Athens that travelers will love. These unique experiences can only be found in this historic city and they will be memorable ones.
A Trip To Athens Is Not Complete Without A Stop At The Acropolis And The Acropolis Museum
While Athens' Acropolis might not be the most unique thing to do in the city, it is a must-see. The Acropolis is an iconic and ancient site made up of numerous structures, with the most popular being the Parthenon. Tourists will also walk around the area and find the remains of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a stone Roman theater, and the Theatre of Dionysus.
Because the Acropolis sits on a hilltop, travelers will have amazing views across this ancient city. Immersing yourself in such a significant historic site is not complete without checking out The Acropolis Museum. The upper galleries are where tourists will find large ancient statues made of marble and displays of friezes that were once in the Parthenon.
Walk Around And Explore The Plaka
The Plaka is a beloved neighborhood in Athens and one of the nicest. Tourists can find a bunch of shops selling souvenirs from ashtrays to kitchen tools made from olive tree wood and beautiful religious icons to take back home. There are also various places to eat here where tourists will find delicious home-style Greek dishes like a tasty salad called Horiatiki or grilled Souvlaki and the freshest fish. Most of these restaurants and cafes offer outdoor seating so you won't miss the pretty views and people passing by.
See A Film At An Open Air Cinema With Spectacular Views
One of the most unique things to do in Athens is to go to an open-air cinema with around 70 open to the public. These cinemas are a favorite among locals and visitors who want to relax and catch a movie while sitting outdoors with spectacular views of the ancient city.
One of the more popular outdoor cinemas in Athens is the Cine Thisio. What makes this theater so unique is that it faces the Acropolis so tourists will get amazing views of the ancient metropolis and the Parthenon while sipping a beverage and watching a film.
Watch A Sunset At The Temple Of Poseidon
This ancient temple was built in the 5th century BC on the edge of a mountain and is dedicated to Poseidon, the god of the sea. The temple's high position above the sea was a great help to sailors because they knew they were getting close to home. When it was completed the temple had 34 stunning columns made of white marble, but now only 15 remain.
If tourists are looking for a calming experience in Athens, since it can get pretty busy, heading to The Temple of Poseidon is a great way to end a long day. The ancient site is surrounded by the Aegean Sea and it is the perfect opportunity for tourists to see the sunset on the waters.
Reach The Top Of Lycabettus Hill
The tallest of Athens's seven hills is Mount Lycabettus and is easily visible from just about anywhere. Tourists who are looking to do something different than go store to store to purchase souvenirs should climb Mount Lycabettus for dazzling views of Athens.
Views from the top of the hill are breathtaking and travelers will get a chance to see the entire city, along with the sea and the mountains of Peloponnese. Once you are at the very top, you'll also find the Chapel of St. George and slightly below the church, you can find Restaurant Orizontes, a seafood restaurant with stunning views.