Athens is the ideal destination for spending your long weekend. It does not matter if you are an individual, a couple, a family, younger or older, you will find numerous things to do and enjoy yourselves during your Athens City Break.
No. 1 – Visit the Acropolis Hill
The No.1 thing you should not miss during your long weekend in Athens is of course the Acropolis Hill. Visit the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike, walk around the ancient architectural remains and marvel at an amazing 360 view all over the city of Athens. In case you are archaeo-junkie you can probably figure out some things by yourself, but if you really want to experience the unique vibe of the place, you ‘d better book a guided tour in advance. Typically these tours take about 2 hours, or 4 if you combine the Acropolis with a visit to the New Acropolis Museum. Joining a guided tour can offer you a better perspective and understanding of the area, while at the same time will not let you miss any important facts about the site.
No. 2 – Eat as much as you can
Greece and especially Athens is considered to be a culinary heaven. Traditional world-famous Greek dishes, such as Moussaka, Souvlaki and Spanakopita are waiting for you to try them. If this is your first time visiting Athens, then probably the best way to avoid the regular tourist-trap restaurants is to have an Athenian friend, showing you around places. If not then you can book an amazing Food Tour, that will take you to off the beaten path places, where Greeks are having their coffees, lunches or desserts. Athens City Centre has a lot to offer in terms of food, such as the Central Market of Athens, filled with unique flavours, spices, smells and little cafes where you can enjoy your ouzo or tsipouro, accompanied by a nice meze. Stroll around the city centre’s narrow alleys and find small cafes and restaurants that are waiting for you to discover their unique taste.
No. 3 – Spend a day at the beach
Regardless if you are visiting Athens in the summer or winter, a day on the beach is always a good idea. Athens has thousands of beaches all along the southern, southwestern and northeastern sides of the Attica peninsula. Hop on your transfer and head to a beautiful virgin beach located only 30min away from the city centre. Drive along the Athens coast line and enjoy a scenic view to the Aegean Sea. Combine your day to the beach with a visit to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. Experience the majestic sunset from Cape Sounion, marvel at the breathtaking view from the archaeological site and immediately find some inner peace for yourself.
No. 4 – Escape the city vibe just for a day
Even if you are spending only four days in Athens, it is totally worth it to skip a day from your city stay for visiting one or two major archaeological sites just a glimpse away from Athens. Delphi archaeological site is one of the most well known all over Greece for its unique atmosphere and importance, since it is a UNESCO world heritage site. It was considered to be the centre of the ancient world, the “Navel of the Earth” as Greeks used to call it, because of its location and connection with the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous Oracle of ancient Greece. Book a full day guided trip to Delphi, discover its picturesque landscape and enrich your knowledge by hearing the mythical tales of Apollo and Pythia from your licensed tour guide.
No 5. Explore Athens by Night
Besides the Acropolis, Athens is probably well known all over the world also for its nightlife. Hundreds of bars, clubs & live music stages are waiting to host their guests and offer them an once in a lifetime experience. Plenty of food, alcohol, dancing and flirting are parts of a typical night out in Athens, especially on a Friday or a Saturday night, when things are starting to get wild. Each neighbourhood in Athens has its own lifestyle at night. There are many places in the centre of Athens which can offer a large selection of bars and clubs, such as Psyrri, Monastiraki, Plaka, Gazi, or Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni on the seaside. In case you are a fan of a more alternative-quality way of spending your night then Exarcheia, Koukaki, Metaxourgeio and Petralona are where you should be. Booking an Athens by Night tour can be a small, though well needed introduction to the Athenian Nightlife.