The most famous sights of Athens have no end of monuments and attractions in Greece but these are the best that you won’t want to miss in your travel.
The Jewel of Athens Greece: The Acropolis and the Parthenon
The Acropolis and the Parthenon dominates Athens and it is the most sightseeing for a weary traveler who will catch the enticing glimpse and scrambles towards it before they know it. The new Acropolis museum nearby is an attraction worth seeing all by itself and it’s easy to visit for you can purchase a discounted ticket that will allow access the attractions. At the acropolis, you can join a tour group organized by language, though there may be delay while a full group is gathered. These tours are led by licensed guides and cost about twelve Euros in addition to the entrance fee. If you prefer, book ahead of time to generally cater including transport from the hotel. (image by : Rainy Wang)
National Archaeological Museum
Greece is rightly proud of its flagship museum which is an extensive collection and is housed in the heart of Athens. The true museum junkie should allow two to three hours for a brief dazzling visit. Do confuse this museum with the National Gallery which is also fascinating and covers the rest of Greece.
Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
This is one of those spots that are as much favorite with the locals, especially in the afternoon, as it is with the tourists. It is a favorite sunset-viewing spot for everyone and gives you classically Greek moment against the ruined monument along with a terrific sea view. While it is possible to visit Sounion by public bus from Athens, most visitors prefer to drive or to take an organized tour. You can book one directly ahead of your trip through your hotel or by visiting any travel agency in Athens.
Athens Greece is one of the safest capital cities in the world in which common sense is your best defense anywhere, because statistically, you are far safer on the streets of Athens at night than in London, Paris, or Tokyo. If you prefer, get out there and enjoy yourself.
Slip away to Piraeus, easily reachable by the Metro, and have dinner at one of the pricy but charming seaside taverns of Microlimano. Piraeus, the port city of Athens, is not quite a Greek island, but it will do. Allow yourself extra time and stop by the excellent Nautical Museum. Enquire the prices as you also take an Open-topped bus tour between both Athens and Piraeus.
Lycabettus hills gives you the best rise up especially on hot days, you can cool your self on its stony outcrops of Acropolis which seem to be neither too warm nor too bright. You can get t the top by using the tubular rail car that lets you escape the intense heat and the crowded tourist spots. (image by : Coen De Roover)
Athens is a very spectacular city that you must visit, try it out, your vacation will never be the same. We recommend you travel with your family as there are numerous budget friendly hotels that will let you save a buck.
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Feature image by : Panagis Chartouliaris