Athens is a city that’s rich with history, and there’s no shortage of impressive sights to see while you’re there. The city is home to some incredible places to stay. The Foundry Suites Athens offers luxury accommodation and rooftop views of the city, helping you plan your excursion for the next day. It’s quite rare to find a roof garden in Athens, so make sure you check them out.
Here is a list of some of the best things to do while you’re in the area.
1. Visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art
While a lot of people will visit Athens for the architecture, if you’re looking for a wealth of beautiful art in one place, you should definitely visit the National Museum. The historic building it’s housed in what used to be a brewery, and the museum is home to a varied collection of art from around the world.
2. Walk Through Plaka Neighborhood
For an enticing dose of history, take time to visit the ancient Plaka Neighborhood. This colorful section of the city has been continuously inhabited for hundreds of years. The tiny lanes and alleys harken back to a time before motorized vehicles. There’s plenty of history entrenched within the walls and streets, and there’s lots to do, thanks to the museums, shops, and restaurants in the area.
You probably won’t see everything there is to see in even a small section of the city like this in a single day, and you may want to find somewhere to stay within the city to make the most of your visit.
3. See the Acropolis
This is the one site everyone goes to see in Athens, and it’s no wonder. The statues, architecture, and sense of history here are awe-inspiring. The Athens Acropolis (see Unesco) is perched on the top of a hill, overseeing the city and standing out across the landscape of the area. You can’t miss it when you enter Athens, and you won’t want to miss a stop there while you are in the city.
4. Take in the Temple of Poseidon
In Greek mythology, Poseidon was the god of the sea, according to Britannica. His temple overlooks the beautiful Cape Sounion, and is a testament to the strength and longevity of ancient Greek architecture. The temple has stood in the same spot for thousands of years, as one of the most well-known sites in the city.
5. Spend Time in the National Gardens
The National Gardens are nestled away in the heart of the city and include a zoo, multiple ponds, and numerous gravel pathways. The gardens might not be as old as some of the other main attractions in the city, but they have quickly become one of the must-see sights in Athens.
This is just a short list of some of the best things to do in Athens while you are there, and you will likely find many more essential places to visit while you are there.