Athens is an essential tourist destination - it’s rich in major historical monuments, literature and culinary tradition.
An unexpected bonus for users of the Athens metro are the antiquities that turned up when the metro was being excavated, which are now on display completely free of charge within metro stations in central Athens. The largest collection is at Syntagma station, but you can also see artefacts at the Panepistimio station as well as part of an ancient Athens drainage system and kilns at Evangelismos.
From ancient monuments and world class museums to trendy boutiques and vibrant nightclubs, it’s hard to get bored in Athens. Don’t miss the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora, the Temple of Zeus… but be sure to visit the Plaka neighbourhood as well - it’s the best place for a taste of authentic Greek culture.
If you would like to combine your city break with a beach break, then head to Glyfada beach, located 16 kilometres south of Athens, or to Varkiza. Both locations are easily accessible by bus and tram. You will definitely enjoy a refreshing swim and a relaxing time in the sun, and discover a range of trendy cafes, cosy restaurants and lively bars.
Do not forget to get your Athens Spotlighted 10 days pass to get the most out of your Athens trip. More info here.