Top 10 Things To Do In Athens, Greece
Hello, or as they say in Greece, Yiá sas! (YAH-sahs)
Athens is a must-see in your lifetime! It’s a city like no other. There aren’t many places you can visit that are 7,000 years old! With its long and complicated history leaving relics everywhere, there’s an outdoor museum around every turn.
As the capital of Greece, one out of every three Greeks (the people from Greece) lives here.
It’s super easy to get around, and within a small area, there is SO much to see and do!
We highly recommend at least two full days here then you can head to the islands. Stay downtown so you can walk everywhere.
Now onto our Top 10 Things to Do in Athens. It may look like a long list, but it’s doable in 2 days!
Here are our 10 Top Things to Do in Athens!
High on the hill in the middle of the city stands the glorious heart of Athens, the Acropolis, dating back to 5th century BC. Acropolis means ‘high city.’
There was a time when people lived atop the Acropolis, but in 510 BC it was ruled to dedicate the area to the Greek gods.
In 480 BC Persians captured and destroyed all the structures on the Acropolis. It lay in ruins.
In the mid-5th century, the statesman Perikles persuaded the Athenians to rebuild the temples on the Acropolis on a grand scale. It is during the second half of the 5th century B.C. that construction took place for the most famous buildings on the Acropolis; including The Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike.
You can also visit the beautiful Acropolis Museum to see over 4,000 artifacts.
Coming Soon: More about the Acropolis.
Crowing the Acropolis and visible all over town, The Parthenon is a 2,500-year-old ancient temple.
The Parthenon is one of the most famous buildings in Greece and the world! It was initially a temple dedicated to the Greek goddess, Athena. The city of Athens is named after Athena!
It is the largest Doric temple in Greece (100 feet x 228 feet) and took just nine years to build.
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The world’s first theater and plays began in Athens!
The Acropolis has two theaters, or “odeon.”
The Theatre of Dionysus, considered to be the world’s first theater dating back to the sixth century BC, was dedicated to Dionysus, the god of plays and wine. Tragedies and comedies by playwrights like Sophocles were performed here. It could seat 17,000 people.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus was built in 161 AD. Performances are still held here today like the Athens Festival in the summer.
Coming Soon: Read more about the Theaters.
Take the easy stroll to the top of Philopappou Hill, known as “the hill of muses,” for amazing views of the Parthenon and 306-degree views across Athens including all of southern Athens down to the sea.
The hill gets its name from for Roman senator Gaius Julius Antiochus Philopappos who retired in Athens and died here in about 114 AD. There’s a Philopappu Monument marble tomb and monument to him at the top.
You can also see the cave believed to be where Socrates was imprisoned and condemned to death. Yes, kind of grim, but it is history!
Coming Soon: More about Filopappas Hill