When speaking of Athens, the capitol of Greece, people tend to have images of Greek gods, mythology and ancient ruins. This vibrant, bustling city has much more to offer than just the Acropolis and Temples, but you can definitely see the best of it in just 24 hours.
Upon check in to the AMAZING Royal Olympic Hotel, with a very nice room upgrade and an epic view of Zeus’ Palace (they stuffed up our payments so gave us the freebie!) we grabbed our cameras, water bottle and slapped on sunscreen (it was almost 36 degrees outside) and headed straight for the Acropolis. The Acropolis is Athens main landmark. The large hilltop covered in ancient Greek architecture, including the Parthenon- an intricate temple dedicated to the goddess Athena is iconic worldwide and listed as a UNESCO heritage site. Head on up here first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon when the weather is cooler and crowds have dropped down. The city views are breathtaking and the age of the place itself leaves you speechless.
Tired and hot after climbing hundreds of stairs, you will need something to eat. Plaka is where you should go. Located at the foot of the Acropolis, this winding little neighbourhood is full of markets, colour, music and bars. It is one of the coolest places I have been and the traditional Greek food is ridiculously cheap (try a souvlaki!). After an hour or two of refreshments and a big feed, it’s time to explore Plaka a little more- the deeper you go into the winding maze, the more authentic it gets. Make sure your camera is fully charged as you will be snapping away every five steps!
From Plaka, make your way to Zeus’ Temple. Another ancient monument to Zeus himself (luckily located right outside my hotel window!) and wander around the site enjoying the history.
To end the day, one of Athens many rooftop bars and restaurants is a must. The views for sunset are fantastic and each has something different to offer. There is a place for all budgets, so do a little research on TripAdvisor and you will surely find a great spot.
If you have a little longer, the museum scene is rather elaborate in Athens with so much history, it was something that I was unfortunately unable to do in such a short time but the chatters from nearby tables at dinner were very positive.
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