Once you step in the land of Zeus, the state of being free from tension settles in.
A ticket to the city centre, please
From the airport, cross the street and take the metro to the city centre. The metro runs every half an hour and the ride is around 40-50 min. Find out more, here
First stop, the ancient citadel – Acropolis ( UNESCO symbol of World Heritage), Agora, Pantheon, Temple of Hephaistos. To get here, stop at Monastiraki Station (16 stops from the airport). The entrance fee to Acropolis is € 20 . A bit too pricey for Acropolis only. Have good shoes with you because the stairs, rocks are very slippery.
In the Monastiraki area you’ll find lots of restaurants. Choose one and enjoy the Greek hospitality, which is one of the best. I’m starting to drool already. Also in this area there is the flea market and if you’d care for some drinks and a view over the city checkout the A for Athens or 360 degrees rooftop bars. These bars are crowded and you’ll have to wait a while for a table, but it’s worth it.
Next, Syntagma station, to see the Greek Parliament. the presidential guards, National Gardens and if you walk 10 minutes or less you’ll get to Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch.
For the architecture lovers, there’s a sculpture you cannot miss while in Athens. It’s called Dromeus, the runner, it is made entirely out of glass by Costas Varotsos in 1994. To see it stop at Evanghelismos Station and walk about 5 minutes. It’s located next to Hilton Hotel.
That’s it 😀 24 hours 😉 If you want to explore the city with a local, try this scheme (you must register 72 h in advance).
@travelonrepeat. Checkout my captions of Athens here