What to Do on Your Weekend in Athens
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Greece is a wonderful country to visit, but the problem is, there are so many good things to see that it can bee difficult to figure out how to spend your time! No matter where in the country you ultimately end up, whether you are visiting the islands or somewhere on the mainland, you will likely need to pass through Athens to get there.
Instead of moving on quickly from Greece’s major city, why not spend a few days there? If you only have a few days or a weekend in Athens, these are some things you can do while in Athens:
The Acropolis of Athens is a citadel rumored to have been a military fortress because of its vantage location and available historical importance. It is home to the remains of a series of sites and buildings considered to be of great historical significant by experts. The site is actually the most important sign of ancient Greek way of life. Some of the most important areas of the Acropolis are the Parthenon, The Temple of Athena Nike and the Erectheion.
Found around about 30 kilometers to the south of Athens in Cape Sounio, the Temple of Poseidon has an interesting past. It is believed to be the place where Aegeus, an ancient king of Athens, died because he believed that his son had perished in a fight with a monster. This site also boasts a few artifacts, and some are believed to date as far back as the 8th century. There are also some great views here so you might want to come at sunset!
Are you interested in hanging out in an old, traditional neighborhood? If so, the Plaka is for you! Located near the Parthenon, Syntagma Square, and Monastiraki, this historical neighborhood is full of life. It is a gorgeous neighborhood that boasts houses from as far back as the 19th century. The nearby Anafiotika area also stands out quite prominently and is lined with Cycladic houses that lead you all the way to the Parthenon.
Although there are new beaches directly in the main parts of the city, there are some that are fairly close. There are tons of beaches near the city, and all you have to do is choose one and organize your transportation! Some are accessible by public transportation, but you could always hire a taxi. If you are looking to feel the sand between your toes and the wind in your hair, then you have to check out places like Lagonisi, Kalivia, Loutsa, Legrena, Schinias and Nea Makri. Here’s a look at some of the best beaches you can visit while in Athens.
There are plenty of options for eating great meals in Athens. There is also some great street food! Whether you grab some traditional street food, eat in a taverna, or make your way to one of the newer, fancier restaurants, you can’t go wrong! It all depends what you are in the mood for. Check out the Monastiraki, Thission and Plaka areas, which are thught to have some of the best restaurants in Athens.
Whether you are looking for good food or a rather interesting lesson in history and culture, Athens has something for everyone. Although you might wish you had more time in the city, you at least have enough time to do these activities!
This post was written by Greek Boston