Sights

Iconic Monuments

The Acropolis

The Acropolis

Visible from almost everywhere in Athens, the Acropolis from the heart of the Ancient city. Dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena and nearly 2500 years old, the Parthenon is one the oldest standing buildings in the world. Entrance to the Acropolis hill will also allow you to see the temple of Athena Nike, The Erectheion (a smaller temple) and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus an ancient theatre for plays.

Opening Hours: Summer 08:00 - 19:30 daily, Winter 08:30 - 15:00 daily

Cost: Full €20, Concessions €10

Ancient Agora of Athens

Ancient Agora of Athens

The antiquated Agora was a commercial and administrative center during Roman times. The site is just beneath the Acropolis hill and is home to the ruins of over 20 ancient buildings and structures. There are also a number of notable monuments within the former Roman forum.

Opening Hours: Summer 08:00 - 19:30 daily, Winter 08:30 - 15:00 daily

Cost: Full €8, Concessions €4

National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens is a collection of anitquities dating from late Roman times all the way back to 6800 B.C. The collection not only includes art from ancient Greece but also Egypt and the Neolithic era. A new exhibit from the imperial tombs of Mycenae showcases tresures from 1000 years before the times of Socrates and Plato.

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 08:00 - 19:30, Monday 12:30 - 19:00

Cost: Full €15, Concessions €8

Central Market

Central Market

The huge central market near to Monastiraki Square in Athens offers a wide selection of meats, vegetables, cheeses and all the convetional elements of Greek food. There are also restaurants serving some great traditional and local dishes. A must for anyone who considers themselves a foodie.

Monastiraki Square

Monastiraki Square

Named after the byzantine temple in the corner of the square, Monastiraki is an area that never sleeps. Along with many street entertainers and musicians (at what can often seem like inconvenient times of the day) you will find many good restaurants and trinket shops in this area. The main temple now serves as an earthenware production gallery.

New Acropolis Museum

New Acropolis Museum

Since opening in 2009, the New Acropolis Museum houses antiquties from the archaeological sites on acropolis hill. The new building contains artefacts from ancient Greece, the bronze age, and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over ancient Roman Ruins.

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 08:00 - 20:00

Cost: General admission fee €5

Panathenaic Stadium

Panathenaic Stadium

The original home of the Olympics. The Panathenaic Stadium was orginally built in classical times and was used to hold the ancient games and Athenian festivals. It was rebuilt in the late 19th century and was host to the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896.

March - October: 08:00 – 19:00 last ticket sold at 19:00, November - February: 08:00 – 17:00 last ticket sold at 17:00

Cost: Full €5, Concessions €2.50

Mount Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus stands 300 metres high above Athens giving visitors panoramic views over the Attica bowl and the Aegean. At the top of the hill stands the 19th century Chapel of St. George. There is also a restaurant (however the prices match the view) and a large open-air amphitheatre. To get there you can either walk up the path that begins on Aristippou Street in Kolonaki or take the funicular railway.

Cost: Funicular railway €5

Plaka District

Plaka District

Plaka is an old neighbourhood clustered around the bottom of the Apcropolis Hill. In spite of the fact that the area can be highly touristy, it is still a great place to stop for breakfast before visiting the acropolis hill. There is a wide range range of cafes and bakeries to choose from making a great area to have a coffee and people watch.

Philopappou Hill

Philopappou Hill

Philopappou Hill is located to the south west of the Acropolis and provides great views of the Parthenon for free. The hill is also home to Socrates former prison and the Philopappos Monument.