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  • History (5358)
  • Museums (4298)
  • Food (3691)
  • Culture (3163)
  • Sightseeing (3129)
  • Monuments (2449)
  • Shopping (2171)
  • Ancient Landmarks (1933)
  • Archaeology (1365)
  • Nightlife (1292)

Athens was highly rated for history by 350 guests from the United States!

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Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Athens.

Anonymous, Unknown location

12 days ago Report

Dont use the hop on, hop off buses - Athens suffer from traffic jams and the buses are always full. Use the subway - many sights are in a walking distance from the station and walk down the city center. The ticket to Acropolis gives you a ticket to 5 other sights - all of them are in or near the city center.

What is it in Athens that makes history come to life?

Tara
Tara, United States of America

18 days ago Report

We loved the walking tours. Download the Rick Steves for Europe app and listen to the Ancient Agora and Parthenon walking tours. A little cheesy, but really made us feel like we were in ancient times.

Also, go to the Acropolis museum AFTER you do the Acropolis tour. It is much more meaningful and won't feel as much like a building full of broken marble. Really pulled it all together for us and was beautifully done. We heard the Archeological Museum is much better (and bigger = longer time commitment) but we didn't make it over there.

How can you enjoy the sights in Athens while avoiding the crowds?

Nicola
Nicola, Cyprus

1 day ago Report

The best way to get around Athens is to walk. Yes there are crowds, however if you are an early riser you can avoid the large coach parties when visiting popular attractions such as the Acropolis. There are plenty of public transport options and an abundance of taxis and tour places should you wish to venture out of the city. You should remember that the roads are just as crowded as the streets and plan a route in advance of your journey.

Why do you recommend Athens for food?

Aprilianto Eddy
Aprilianto Eddy, Netherlands

15 days ago Report

eat around monasteraki, plaka, sit with the crowd, enjoy the food in athina's market.. eat lunch and drink coffee around acropolis or dine in in the acropolis museum restaurant. nice food, good atmosphere.

What did you discover about the museums in Athens that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Jayne
Jayne, United Kingdom

20 days ago Report

There is a multi site ticket for the major ancient sites. If you are under 18 it is free. If you can show you are a student in the EU it is also free. Don't queue at the Acropolis site to purchase the tickets go to the Temple of Zeus the queue is much much shorter

What should an amateur archaeologist uncover first in Athens?

Ruth
Ruth, Canada

11 days ago Report

Visit the Acropolis, archaeological Museum, and other historical sites. It is amazing to see what remains of structures that are thousands of years old. Especially amazing when you consider they were constructed using human and animal labour and were designed without the help of computers and modern instruments.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Giovanni
Giovanni, United Kingdom

9 days ago Report

The chef of the 360 hotel restaurant makes creative use of fresh native ingredients to reinvent greek dishes to a high standard of taste and presentation. Slightly more expensive than other restaurants popular with tourists but worth it if you prefer tastebud titillation to trite and predictable menus. Note thought that although the restaurant setting is scenic it is also quite spartane (if one can say that in Athens...)

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Athens?

Wassim
Wassim, United States of America

12 days ago Report

A ticket that includes all the archeological sites and museums is a great deal and one of the best prices compared to other countries. Zues temple, the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum are a must see. The restaurant in the Acropolis museum has great food or coffee and has a wonderful view of the Parthenon. The National archeological museum of Athens is also a great museum to see if you have enough time. Walking around Plaka and Thesio is a great experience with plenty of shops etc. Seeing a play in the ancient theatre of the acropolis is an unforgettable and unbelievable experience.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Athens.

Eleni
Eleni, Australia

26 days ago Report

Shopping in May has the advantage of end of winter sales. I saw ankle boots go from 45E to 25E. Prices are better in Athens than say, Thessaloniki, and Monastiraki is where you'll find sales on shoes, clothes and linen.

What's the best way to make the most of Athens by foot?

Valerianeone
Valerianeone, Belgium

22 days ago Report

Prepare a good map! Athenian are really nice, but sometimes it's difficult to get explanations on directions. Night buses are also difficult to understand if you don't know the city really well.

What makes the people from Athens so friendly? Tell us your story.

Anca
Anca, Romania

30 days ago Report

They can easily speak more languages (English first of all). They invite you to walk in their restaurants/shops but not in an aggressive way; in a friendly and kind way. They are responsive to jokes and very spontaneous. They are very proud on their country and culture and willing to share their knowledge with the tourists in a very kind way.

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Athens?

Tanith
Tanith, United Kingdom

11 hours ago Report

We saw some of the best nightlife just of Athenas the road between Monastraki and Syntagma. I had looked up bars pervious to our trip, I would really recommend 'drunk Sinatra' and all the bars around there. I recommend learning the basics of greek for some of the bars

Is there more to shopping in Athens than just brand-name stores?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth, United States of America

29 days ago Report

The smaller shops are the best shopping - wander through the smaller streets in Plaka that AREN'T touted as "shoppers paradises" to find the real bargains.
  • Convenient Public Transportation 182 endorsements
  • 9 answers

Was it cheap, fast, or easy to use? What made it so simple to get around in Athens?

Roger
Roger, Australia

18 days ago Report

Very impressed by the cleanliness, spaciousness and efficiency of the metro. It was a joy to use - just don't try transiting Syntagma on Nov 17th (Look it up)

Why are the monuments in Athens noteworthy?

Vladimir
Vladimir, Russia

26 days ago Report

They are important for studying the anscient history of European culture as in the anscient times Athens was the core of European civilization in almost all relations. Therefore I decided to introduce the monuments in Athens to my son who is a teenager.

Is Athens the place to have a meal to remember? Tell us why.

DebbieA
DebbieA, United States of America

7 days ago Report

All the food is amazing. Every meal we had was fantastic, no matter where .... from the hotel to the small local shops.
  • Fine Art Museums 103 endorsements
  • 8 answers

Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Athens start with?

Birgit
Birgit, Canada

19 days ago Report

The new Acropolis museum is a must see and a visit to the museum of Archaeology is a close second.

Why do people say Athens can be seen best by foot?

DebbieA
DebbieA, United States of America

7 days ago Report

The streets are very narrow and many 1-way. The cars have to squeeze past other cars, pedestrians, bikes, etc., so it is very tricky and scarey! Let the taxi drivers do it for you! There is plenty of transportation options (metro, bus, taxi, train, etc. that will take you anywhere you need to go)

The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Athens mean to you?

Hassan
Hassan, Bahrain

29 days ago Report

they have beautiful beaches, but most need providing services if the want them to be more tourist friendly, like providing seabeds and umbrellas for rent etc. this is so that tourists don't get confined to certain hotels. they do have such services on selected beaches but not enough...that is if authorities want Athens coastal line to be tourist attractions besides their very rich historical sites and beautiful islands.

What makes Athens one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Alba
Alba, United States of America

4 days ago Report

A collection of world class museums and ancient sites in town. New Olympic Museum at foot of Acropolis is a stand out. Brilliant design and extraordinary exhibits.

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