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Top 10 Things To Do in Athens –

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By Bec on October 28, 2016

How many individuals can say in their lifetime that they’ve visited Athens 3 times? Nicely, that may be me!

Arriving in Athens the third time round, I undoubtedly really feel that I’ve found out the town in phrases of what to see and do!

So at this time on the weblog, I’ve compiled an inventory of my Top 10 sights and points of interest which might be a should see in your first (or third!) go to to Athens!

1. Go to the well-known parthenon with all the opposite lots of of vacationers.

It wouldn’t be a go to to Athens and not using a seeing the parthenon now wouldn’t it? Don’t overlook to admire the view from the highest of the Acropolis!

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2. Pay a go to (or a couple of visits!) to Monastiraki Sq.

Monastiraki sq. is the BEST space in Athens for 2 issues: FOOD and SHOPPING.

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You’ll discover many lovely eating places close to the doorway to Historic Agora with Greeks standing outdoors making an attempt to persuade you to eat there for a superb worth.

Additionally, you will discover the Athens flea market the place you should purchase some actually cool Greek souvenirs and keepsakes; these might embrace a pair of genuine and hand-made Greek sandals (extremely advocate getting them from Melissinos – The Poet Sandal Maker) and conventional Greek jewelry (one thing for the women! I extremely advocate Speira). One of the best half concerning the flea market is you’ll be able to negotiate and discount a worth that works on your price range.

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Fast Tip: Pay in money, some outlets can do a greater deal for you than for those who have been to pay by card.

three. See the altering of the guards at Syntagma Sq.

One of many highlights of my go to to Athens is to see the tomb of the unknown solider on the Greek Parliament, guarded by two Greek officers.

The official altering of the guards ceremony is each Sunday morning at 11am in case you are , or if you need to see the guards change on one other day, they modify the guards each hour.

It’s so inspiring to see their dedication and dedication to their job, together with the beautiful superior pom poms on their footwear! Undoubtedly to not be missed in Athens!

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four. Go to Lukumades in Monastiraki Sq. and get fats on Greek donuts; go on, you understand you need to.

Considered one of my favorite dessert locations in Athens is Lukumades! What are Lukumades I hear you ask? Lukumades are deliciously tasting Greek donuts! The official Lukumades store is situated in Monastiraki Sq. in Athens.

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Conventional Lukumades are honey puffs (the Greek model of donuts) soaked in scorching honey syrup, sprinkled with cinnamon and garnished with chopped walnuts or toasted sesame seeds which style unimaginable!

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In case you are feeling a bit of extra adventurous in the dessert division you possibly can go for Lukumades which might be FILLED WITH CHOCOLATE, drizzled with chocolate topping, sprinkled with pistachio nuts and a scoop of ice-cream, and that’s simply one of many mixtures you’ll be able to attempt! You might also be enticed by Lukumades drizzled with vanilla topping, sprinkled oreos and strawberry cheesecake ice-cream (pictured under!).

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I’ve had each conventional and chocolate infused lukumades, and I can undoubtedly advocate that you simply first attempt the normal lukumades after which attempt them with one thing just a little additional  (in case your abdomen can deal with it!).

Consuming lukumades in Athens was an absolute spotlight of my journey and one of the crucial scrumptious melting-in-your-mouth desserts I’ve ever tasted! You actually ought to go there!

5. Go to the temple of Zeus, Greek God of the sky, King of all of the Gods.

Everybody who’s a Disney fan like me has seen Hercules and is aware of the mighty Zeus, King of all of the Gods. Historic ruins in Greece are so wealthy with historical past and seeing the normal columns on the temple of Zeus are nicely value it in your journey to Athens.

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6. Go to the Theatre of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in your means as much as the Parthenon.

In your method as much as the well-known parthenon you’ll come throughout the theatre of Dionysus, and a fantastic theatre referred to as Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Don’t let each of those lovely theatres move you by as they’re completely beautiful!

The Theatre of Dionysus (named after the God of performs and wine) was the primary stone theatre ever to be constructed, holding roughly 17,000 individuals. It was additionally supposedly the birthplace of Greek tragedy.

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The Odeon of Herodes Atticus (typically confused with the Theatre of Dionysus) is a ravishing stone theatre which continues to be used at the moment for theatre and music performances. Undoubtedly value a glance (and to snap a number of pictures!).

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7. Soak in the Greek eating expertise on the Plaka.

The plaka in Athens is for FOOD and MORE FOOD!!! The plaka district is principally a whole pedestrianised space in Athens with superb conventional Greek eating places providing you superb service and scrumptious Greek delicacies.

The Plaka hillside is a very fashionable place to eat as there’s principally an enormous hill with eating places on each side left and proper! (image under!). Simply remember that it could possibly get fairly busy of a night!

The eating expertise on the plaka is assured to be superb, and also you is perhaps fortunate sufficient to be serenaded with conventional Greek singing and dancing! Opa!

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Fast Tip: Have dinner late! The eating places in the Plaka might be buzzing after round 8pm!

eight. Expertise dinner with a view.

Throughout Athens there are lots of eating places and bars which have a tremendous rooftop views of the Acropolis mountain. A few of these embrace: A is for Athens and 360 cocktail bar situated in Monastiraki Sq., Thissio View Roof Backyard and in addition, Kuzina restaurant which was really helpful to us by our Airbnb host.

Kuzina restaurant is situated on an extended strip of eating places immediately reverse Historic Agora. If you need to eat at this specific restaurant be sure to e-book and reserve a desk in advance and request to take a seat on the terrace. The terrace (footage under) has beautiful views of Historic Agora and in addition Mount Lycabettus accompanied with nice service, meals and environment!

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9. Win first place on the Panathenaic Stadium the place the primary Summer time Olympics have been held

Okay, perhaps you gained’t win first place, however in my race around the monitor (extra like stroll around the monitor) I used to be a winner!

The Panathenaic Stadium is the one stadium in the world that’s constructed out of marble. The stadium hosted the opening and shutting ceremonies of the Olympics in 1896 and it was an Olympic venue on the Athens Olympics in 2004.

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The stadium solely prices 5 euros to get in (fairly an affordable worth!) and in my eyes it’s a very spectacular stadium. You’ll be able to see the marble stone tablets close to the doorway which lists the places of each Summer time Olympic video games ever held, stand on the winners podium, and sit in the flamboyant VIP marble seats which have the right view of your complete stadium.

I feel one of many coolest elements about visiting this stadium is that every time I’ve visited (that may be 3 times!), there are hardly any vacationers round.

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10. Get misplaced in the ruins of Historic Agora.

Solely a brief stroll (1 minute) from Monastiraki sq. is Historic Agora! The ruins outdoors are actually fascinating and the museum actually opens you as much as what it was like in Historic Greek occasions. Plus, there’s a fairly cool view of the Acropolis mountain!

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11. Take the funicular to Mount Lycabetus

Okay, my publish says my Top 10 issues to do in Athens, however this one was too good to not embrace on this record! One of many coolest issues you are able to do in Athens in case you are looking for a few of the BEST 360 views of the town, is to take the funicular (solely 7,50 euros) to the highest of Mount Lycabetus. Mount Lycabetus is in reality larger than the Acropolis mountain and undoubtedly has the higher views the place you’ll be able to see all of Athens all the best way out to the ocean! Take a look at the pictures!

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Different sights and points of interest in Athens that didn’t make the Top 10 record, however nonetheless might catch your curiosity!

1. Hadrian’s Arch

Hadrian’s Arch is a monumental gateway resembling a Roman triumphal arch. It has been instructed that the arch was constructed to rejoice the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian to honour him for his many contributions to the town.

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Hadrians Arch in Athens is situated in the identical location because the Temple of Zeus, so you could as nicely pay it a go to in your solution to the temple!

2. Zappeion

The Zappeion constructing is situated in the Nationwide Gardens of Athens, and is usually used for ceremonies and conferences, each official and personal. Presently, the Zappeion is used in Athens as a convention and exhibition centre.

Should you occur to be strolling by means of Athens, strolling in your option to the Panathenaic stadium and would really like some cool buildings to see, why not take a look at the Zappeion, it’s a reasonably spectacular constructing!

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Have you ever ever been to Athens? What are your suggestions for issues to do and see?

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