5 of the best things to do in Athens

14 August 2019 08:41

The Acropolis at sunset

The Acropolis at sunset

The ancient city of Athens is one of the world's most captivating places. If you're heading to the Greek capital, make sure you check out these unmissable sights...

1. Acropolis

The majestic sight of the Acropolis rising up above Athens is one of the world's truly iconic vistas. The Acropolis itself is a hilltop citadel dating from the 4th century BC and today contains a host of ancient ruins, including the Parthenon temple. Tours are available throughout the day, but you can also wander around at your own leisure.

2. Panathenaic Stadium

If you're a sports fan, you won't want to miss the impressive Panathenaic Stadium, one of the oldest sporting arenas in the world and the only one built entirely of marble. Used to host the ancient Panathenaic Games, the stadium also hosted events in both the 1896 and 2004 modern Olympic Games. It's still used today as part of the Athens marathon.

3. Varvakios Agora

Located in the effervescent district of Monastiraki, the Varvakios Agora is a bustling indoor and outdoor food market where you'll be able to sample some of the best tastes from a wide range of local producers. It's the perfect place to while away the day before exploring the neighbourhood's fizzing nightlife, with cosy cafés and rooftop bars looking up to the Acropolis.

4. National Gardens

Athens might not be known for its green credentials, but next to the lively neighbourhood of Plaka you will find the leafy National Gardens. Commissioned by Queen Amalia back in 1838, the park stretches across 16 hectares and is a great place to relax away from the bustle of the city. There's even a small zoo to explore.

5. Temple of Olympian Zeus

You can't visit Athens without exploring the ancient ruins of the temple built for Greek god, Zeus. Located next to the National Gardens in the very heart of the city, only a few columns remain of the original temple, but it doesn't take much to imagine just how awe-inspiring it would have been when it was completed back in the 2nd Century AD.

Don't forget your insurance!

Before you soak up all those Athenian delights, make sure you've got the right travel cover. At World First we offer Greece travel insurance that'll give you peace of mind when exploring this beguiling country.

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