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24 Hours in Downtown Athens

Athens Acropolis Parthenon view from Monastiraki
Acropolis view from Monastiraki Square. Credit: C Messier /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Some of the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens can be discovered in 24 hours.

Bounded on three sides by Mount Hymettus, Mount Parnitha and Mount Pentelicus, apart from Parthenon’s 2500-year-old honey-color marble columns, has much more to offer.

If you have only 24 hours to explore Athens, the beautiful Greek capital city where tradition is exceptionally juxtaposed with modernity, here is an interesting guide to help you make the most of your time.

24 Hours in Athens

9 a.m.  Breakfast at Athinaion Politeia
The view of the Acropolis suffused with the light of the morning sun’s rays is the best starting point for a fascinating sightseeing tour of the city center. The neoclassical café Athinaion Politeia is the best place to taste the flavors of an original Greek breakfast.
(Info: Athinaion Politeia, 1 Akamantos & Apostolou Pavlou, Thiseio, Athens)

11 a.m. At Monastiraki Square for A Jumble of Curios
Abandon yourself in the disparate colors, scents and sounds of the labyrinthine corners of an area that is nestled under the ancient Acropolis. Browse among the secondhand books, haggle over the price of the antiques, wander through the open-air market stores and try a souvlaki at Bairaktaris Restaurant.
(Info: Bairaktaris, 63 Metropolis & 88 Metropolis, Monastiraki, Athens)

1 p.m. A Stroll Down Ermou and Mitropoleos Streets
Well-frequented shops, cafés, street vendors and artists crowd the length of Ermou Street. Mitropoleos Street, on the other hand, is a jewel among the architectural creations of the 20th century.
3 p.m. Acropolis on Your Plate

Visiting the Acropolis Museum Restaurant, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Acropolis and the historic hills of Athens. The restaurant offers a great variety of tasty dishes that are based on authentic Greek recipes.

(Info: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (every Friday the restaurant remains open until 12 midnight), Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

4 p.m. Past Centuries Glory
The Acropolis Museum is situated on the southeastern slope of the Acropolis Hill, only 280 meters away from the Parthenon, and around 400 meters walking distance from it. It is the largest contemporary building erected so close to the ancient site, exhibiting nearly 4,000 artifacts over an area of 14,000 square meters.
(Info: Acropolis Museum, 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens)


6 p.m. Sunset Over Filopappos Hill

Filopappos Hill’s tree-clad slopes are a relaxing place for a stroll. The hill, which is crowned by the Monument of Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos, is situated southwest of the Acropolis offering splendid views of Attica and the Saronic Gulf.

8 p.m. Mediterranean Cuisine at Hotel Grande Bretagne
In GB Roof Garden Restaurant, you can taste Mediterranean dishes created by chef de cuisine Asterios Koustoudis, an expanded wine list and exquisite desserts. The elegant environment of this magnificent rooftop restaurant provides breathtaking views of the Acropolis, Mount Lycabettus and the Hellenic Parliament.
(Info: GB Roof Garden restaurant. Located at 8th floor of Hotel Grande Bretagne, 1A Vasileos Georgiou, Athens)

10 p.m. Away from the City Center Only for… Love on the Beach
Whilst clutching a bottle of dry white wine, let your naked feet be caressed by the next wave and allow your eyes to wander across the moon’s gleaming silver rays. The beach at Agia Marina will definitely invite you to roll in the sand, daring you to discover a secret beauty that by the end of the night…..will make you fall in love.

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