Are you planning on taking a trip to Athens in 2020? There are so many great things to do it might be hard narrowing down how to spend your time.
Keep reading to learn more about what to do in Athens.
1. Get Lost in History
Athens is rich in Greek history and there are many wonderful ruins to visit during your trip. One of the main places you need to see is the Acropolis. The Acropolis was built over 2,500 years ago and was a statement by the Athenian ruler, Pericles, to demonstrate the success of Athenian democracy.
Besides a trip to these famous ruins, you will want to spend some time visiting one or more of the different museums the city has to offer. You can visit the Museum of Cycladic Art or view exhibits from the National Archaeological Museum.
2. Eat the Best Food
It has been said that the Mediterranean has one of the best diets in the world and Athens is the perfect place to sample some of these dishes. Make sure to try new dishes everywhere you go from fresh seafood to handmade pasta, there is something for everyone in Greece.
There are some traditional foods that are a must to eat while in this part of the world, such as, pastitsio, moussaka, and spanakopita. The best part is that the modern Greeks seem to appreciate fine design and architecture just as much as their ancestors because many cafes and restaurants have great design and beautiful views of the city.
3. View Old Architecture
Athens is an ancient town and has seen a range of architecture in its buildings. You can rent a car or take a stroll along the city streets and enjoy the many different styles of buildings dating from the 19th to 20th centuries.
For those who are interested in neoclassical or modern architecture, the best neighborhoods are Metz, Petralona, and Thissio.
4. Great Shopping
Athens has some great shopping, but probably one of the best places to go to is the area of Plaka. Especially if you are looking for a unique souvenir for friends and family back home.
Here you will find plenty of handmade olive oil soaps to choose from, handmade Greek pottery, artwork, or textiles. Plaka also has some of the best restaurants in Athens to take a break from all the shopping you will be doing.
5. Lively Nightlife
After a day of museums and shopping, you might be ready to cut loose a little and hear some great music and dance. Athens has a great nightlife with tons of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to choose from.
Since most Athenians are used to eating a late dinner, the clubs don’t really get popular until after sunset when things start to ramp up. Most places keep the party going until the next morning and the great news is there are plenty of places to eat after you have worked up an appetite.
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Hopefully, this short guide has given you a better idea of what to do in Athens, so grab your passport and pack a bag and get ready for a trip you won’t soon forget!
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