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What to see in Athens and its surroundings in 7 days

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Athens is not only the capital of Greece, but a city with a 'ancient history behind it that has its roots thousands of years ago and today it is in fact rich in mythology, culture, art, literature and philosophy, just think that it is the homeland of Socrates and Plato and that a legend attributes its construction to the goddess Athena.

Have we intrigued you? Know that to visit it will take you a few days but the city is also an excellent base for visiting other wonders in the vicinity. Find out with us what to see in Athens and its surroundings in 7 days!



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Athens
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

The first day in Athens can only start from the Agora and the Acropolis, respectively the main square of the ancient city and the city itself (every day 8: 00-20: 00 / Agorà entrance € 10,00 - Acropolis € 20,00), perched on a hill where there are sanctuaries and temples dedicated to the gods such as that of Zeus, Aphrodite, Athena, Dionysus .
Going down the hill you will find the Acropolis museum (every day 9: 00-17: 00 / admission € 5,00). If you are passionate, we recommend a guided walking tour to better understand the history of the city.

Lunch at Liondi Traditional Greek for a quick typical meal of around € 12,00, and to find yourself already on your way to Museum of Greek Folk Art exhibiting Greek-style objects and artworks created by local artists (Mon-Fri 8: 00-15: 00 / admission € 2,00). The museum is located in the historic and picturesque Plaka district, so at the end of the visit go and discover its characteristic stone alleys between white houses and ancient shops, breathing in the true Greek atmosphere.

In the evening, instead, reach the Psyri district for its nightlife of all kinds. Here we recommend a typical dinner in the lovely Enastron restaurant at an average cost of € 20,00 per person, and then explore the colorful streets of the neighborhood choosing from the many clubs (discos, pubs, strip clubs, cocktail bars) the ideal one for your idea of fun.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,3 km / 43 min
  • Places visited: Agora of Athens (€ 10,00), Acropolis of Athens (€ 20,00), Acropolis Museum (€ 5,00), Museum of Greek Folk Art (€ 2,00), Plaka (free), Psyri (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Acropolis Museum: entrance and city tour Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion tour Acropolis and Museum: private guided tour without entrance fees
  • Lunch at Liondi Traditional Greek (Get directions), Dinner at Enastron (Get directions)

2 day

The next morning we start fromAgora Romana, another ancient archaeological site which in this case documents the life of another civilization (every day 8: 00-17: 00 / admission € 8,00). Immediately afterwards, we change genres and, to alternate with temples and historical sites, we visit the amusing Museum of Illusions with plays of light, optical illusions and much more (every day 9: 00-21: 00 / admission € 9,00) .

For lunch you are near the Cafe Avissinia, a restaurant with international cuisine for an average cost of € 25,00, while immediately afterwards you will visit the Monastiraki Flea Market, a bizarre and lively market which develops outdoors among the streets offering everything from souvenirs to food, from furniture to military objects (every day 8: 00-18: 00 / free admission). The rest of the afternoon can be spent in the alleys of the Monastiraki district with many shops, bars and restaurants.

For the evening move to Gazi, the very modern district of Athens born as a cultural center and quickly became the number one in terms of entertainment and nightlife. Here we recommend a dinner with excellent gyros for about € 10,00 at the Kandavlos restaurant and then the cheerful and lively streets of the neighborhood with their wide choice of places for the rest of the evening: theaters, cinemas, pubs, lounge bars, discos and all kinds of night clubs.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 35 min
  • Places visited: Roman Agora (€ 8,00), Museum of Illusions (€ 9,00), Monastiraki Flea Market (free), Monastiraki (free), Gazi (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 52,00
  • private tour to Agora, Plaka and Monastiraki Guided walking tour in old Athens, Monastiraki + Plaka food market walk, cooking class and lunch
  • Lunch at Cafe Avissinia (Get directions), Dinner at Kandavlos (Get directions)

3 day

In the morning we leave from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens (every day 7: 00-19: 00 / free admission), a nineteenth-century church in Greek-Byzantine style, then continuing towards Syntagma Square, the main and most beautiful in the city. Nearby is the National Historical Museum (Tue-Sun 8: 30-14: 30 / admission € 3,00), set up in the old Parliament house to house the largest collection of objects related to the history of Greece.

For lunch we recommend the nearby Boccanegra Athens for a quick and tasty meal of around € 20,00 before continuing to the Athens National Garden, a large public park where nature and history can be found walking away from the urban chaos (every day 6: 00-21: 00 / free admission). Leaving the park you will find the Museum of Cycladic Art (Wed-Mon / admission € 7,00), an interesting place with a vast collection of ancient artifacts belonging to the civilization that lived in the Greek islands, the Cyclades. Finally reach the top of the Lycabettus, the hill overlooking the city, and don't miss the sunset from the best viewpoint in Athens.

To end the day stop at the Horizon Lycabettus restaurant, located on the hill, for a fish dinner of around € 35,00 before returning to the city and moving to the nearby Exarchia district, another highlight of Athens for fun to spend the evening.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,7 km / 1 h 30 min
  • Places visited: Athens Metropolitan Cathedral (free), Syntagma Square (free), National Historical Museum (€ 3,00), National Garden of Athens (free), Museum of Cycladic Art (€ 7,00), Lycabettus (free), Exarchia (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • tour of the sites and flavors of the city on electric bike
  • Lunch at Boccanegra Athens (Get directions), Dinner at Lycabettus Horizon (Get directions)

4 day

From now on we start to also explore the magnificent surroundings of Athens starting in the morning for Delphi. To reach the city you can rent a car (average cost per day € 40,00) or take part in an organized tour with a minimum cost of € 70,00. Several departures from Athens every day!

Once you reach your destination you will start visiting the archaeological site (every day 7: 30-20: 00 / admission € 6,00) containing the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Ancient Theater and the Ancient Stadium of Delphi, and then approaching the center of the village where the Archaeological Museum of Delphi with sculptures from Ancient Greece (every day 8: 30-15: 30 / admission € 6,00).

For lunch we recommend stopping at Taverna DION to enjoy excellent Greek food at an average cost of € 12,00 and immediately after leaving Delphi for head towards the towns of Arachova and Livadeia, the first is an excellent vantage point to take pictures of the valley surrounded by the Parnassus Mountains, and the second is very characteristic for the river that crosses it and for the alleys of the historic center, pleasant to spend the afternoon there.

Returning to Athens we recommend the Psyri district again as the most central and fastest to reach among the night districts. Here we suggest the James Joyce pub with craft beers and delicious sandwiches (average cost of a meal € 15,00) where if you want you can spend the rest of the evening with music or continue through the cheerful streets of the neighborhood.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 374 km / 4 h 55 min by car
  • Places visited: Sanctuary of Apollo, Treasury of the Athenians, Ancient Theater, Ancient Stadium of Delphi and Archaeological Museum of Delphi (single ticket of € 12,00) Arachova (free), Livadeia (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 39,00 / full tours starting from € 70,00
  • Delphi Full-Day Tour Delphi: Full-Day Guided Excursion from Athens Delphi: Guided Walking Tour and Entrance Ticket
  • Lunch at Taverna DION (Get directions), Dinner at James Joyce (Get directions)

5 day

The next day is the turn to visit Mycenae, Epidaurus and Nafplio. Also in this case, you can rent a car (cost starting from € 40,00 per day) or take part in one of the many organized tours that depart from Athens every day at a cost of € 65,00.

In the morning you will reach Mycenae, the ancient city and archaeological park, a World Heritage Site enclosed in a wall in which there are the Acropolis, the Archaeological Museum, the Underground Cistern and the Treasure of Atreus (every day 8: 00-19: 00, can be visited with a single ticket of € 12,00). Then move towards the coastal town and former Greek capital Nafplio where you will visit the Palamidi Castle (every day 8: 30-15: 30 / admission € 8,00) and the Acronauplia (always open / free admission) and finally enjoy a good fish lunch near the port at Alaloum Restaurant (average cost € 20,00).

After lunch head to Epidaurus, the last stop of the hiking day, where the visit of the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus is scheduled (every day 8: 00-17: 00 / admission € 12,00) known for its perfect acoustics and for hosting the Epidaurus Festival every summer. After the visit we return to Athens.

Also this evening we propose Psyri for the same reasons: fun and central location. For dinner we recommend the Volootiko Tsipouradiko restaurant with Greek cuisine in a cozy tavern environment and a low price around € 15,00, while afterwards you can, as usual, choose a place in which to spend the evening or, alternatively, near the restaurant is the Great Escape Room.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 305 km / 4 h 23 min by car
  • Places visited: Mycenae Archaeological Park with Acropolis, Archaeological Museum, Underground Cistern, Treasure of Atreus (single ticket € 12,00), Palamidi Castle (€ 8,00), Acronauplia (free), Ancient Theater of Epidaurus (€ 12,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 67,00 / complete tours starting from € 65,00
  • Mycenae, Epidaurus and Nafplio bus tour from Athens Mycenae and Epidaurus: full day tour from Athens Mycenae and Nafplio full day tour
  • Lunch at Alaloum Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Volootiko Tsipouradiko (Get directions)

6 day

Another full day trip to Corinth and Daphni Monastery, located by road and not far from Athens. The first stop in the morning is therefore the monastery (Wed-Sat 8: 00-15: 00 / free admission), a UNESCO site of the th century in Byzantine style, therefore rich in mosaics representing scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin.
Then we continue to Ancient Corinth stopping to take some photos of the spectacular view along the canal that connects the Aegean Sea to the Ionian Sea. Once at your destination, visit the small historic center stopping for lunch at the Gemelos Tavern to have lunch for only € 10,00.

At the end of the meal yes the visit of the ruins of the city will begin (daily 8: 00-15: 30 / admission € 8,00) which include the Pyrene Fountain, the Roman Temple, the Archaeological Museum and the Temple of Apollo, one of the most important monuments in the country. Enjoy some free time in the quaint historic streets and then return to Athens.

To vary, tonight we suggest the Monastiraki district, more quiet and traditional where you can enjoy a good Greek dinner for an average cost of € 12,00 at O ​​Thanasis and then choose from many ice cream parlors, lounge bars and quiet and pleasant pubs.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 184 km / 2 h 38 min
  • Places visited: Daphni Monastery (free), Ancient Corinth Archaeological Site (€ 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00 / full tours starting from € 60,00
  • Ancient Corinth and Daphni Monastery half day private excursion to Ancient Corinth
  • Lunch at Gemelos Tavern (Get Directions), Dinner at O ​​Thanasis (Get Directions)

7 day

For the last day it is scheduled a relaxing cruise to the Saronic Islands Angistri, Moni and Aegina, an ideal excursion even outside the summer months. We strongly recommend that you take part in an organized 1 day tour that will take you to discover the three islands starting from Athens, the cost of which starts from € 50,00.

In the morning we leave from Piraeus, the port of Athens, and after an hour of navigation we arrive at Angistri. Let yourself be captivated by the shades of the sea and the scent of pine trees, explore the Megalochori and Skala beaches and cycle the island from top to bottom. Then we leave for Moni, uninhabited and populated only by animals, where we will have lunch with Greek food in the only restaurant present, the Moni Beach Bar, at a cost of € 10,00.

After lunch, snorkel or relax in unspoiled nature with spectacular views, and then set sail for Aegina. White stone houses, green gardens, volcanic landscape and two large temples (Apollo and Afaia) await you on the largest island of the group where you will spend the rest of the afternoon free to go to a beach or to buy souvenirs in the old shops in the historic center.

In the early evening you return to Piraeus and while you are in a different area, before returning to the city, you can stop for dinner at the Abakos Steakhouse (average cost € 20,00) and finally enjoy a good drink in one of the many nice places in the center of Piraeus.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,5 km / 10 min
  • Places visited: Angistri (free), Moni (free), Aegina (free), Piraeus (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00 / full tours starting from € 50,00
  • Agistri, Moni and Aegina: full-day tour and cruise from Athens full-day boat trip and lunch on Aegina island full-day guided tour of Aegina and Agistri islands
  • Lunch at Moni Beach Bar (Get directions), Dinner at Abakos Steakhouse (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Athens

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Athens, all in all, it is not an expensive city indeed in many things it is really cheap compared to Italy, for example transport with prices below € 1,00, attractions that are often free or in any case with affordable prices under € 15,00, and finally food with a variable cost from € 1,50 for a sandwich or a gyros from street food up to about € 20,00 for a full meal in a medium-level restaurant.

Also getting to Athens is very cheap thanks to the airline Ryanair which often offers flights from € 10,00. Finally, the stay, just as cheap with hostel rooms around € 15,00 and hotel rooms around € 25,00.

  • starting from € 50,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • original food tour food and wine tour at night Greek cooking class and 3 course dinner
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 560,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Athens: April, May, September and October have pleasantly warm and not excessive temperatures between 16 and 25 ° C, moreover the rainy days are almost absent - find out more
  • The best method is the plane. The airport is 40 km from the city and is connected to Italy by direct Ryanair flights lasting 2 and a half hours. From the airport to the center there is the metro line 3 (€ 6,00), the normal and suburban train (€ 6,00), six bus lines (center or port € 3,20) and finally lots of taxis. .
    You can also arrive by ship from Bari to the port of Piraeus which is 20 minutes from the city, but the journey by ship takes over 12 hours.
  • Plaka is an ancient district, very suggestive, romantic and quiet, while Psyri and Exarcheia are the centers of nightlife, more suitable for young people. Syntagma is the most central for visiting the city, while Piraeus is the port area, not very close to the city and therefore cheaper
  • Getting around: the center of Athens is large but it is advisable to visit it on foot, however the excellent public transport includes metro, bus, train and tram. The metro is divided into 3 lines and the single ticket costs € 0,80, the trams also have 3 lines and the single ticket costs € 0,60, while the buses are divided into 3 colors (blue, green and orange) and the single fare costs € 0,45 - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Athens City Pass is the card that, depending on the type purchased, gives free or discounted access to various attractions in the city, allows you to travel for free on public transport, provides 30% discounts on various tourist activities (eg: boat ride) , includes the tourist bus and skip-the-line entrance to the Acropolis. The duration ranges from 1 to 6 days with prices starting from € 33,90
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