Where To Get Lost In HISTORICAL ATHENS

Where to Get Lost in Historical Athens
Parthenon

Places to Visit in Athens | What to do in Athens

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece in south-eastern Europe.  Famous for 5th-century old Greek civilization it is also the historical capital of Europe.  Historical Athens is also known as the birthplace of DEMOCRACY.  Democracy was first introduced to the world in 500 B.C. by Greek kings in Athens, which is now the most commonly accepted in many parts of the world and is running successfully all over.  Let’s read about What to do in Athens in this post. 

Explore Athens by getting lost into its enchanting history and lovely heritage sites. So get ready to know WHERE TO GET LOST IN HISTORICAL ATHENS  | Places to visit in Athens – 

Get Lost into Acropolis and its surrounded areas. Acropolis is a settlement located on the hilltop which is seen from everywhere in Athens. Acropolis is done by walking tours as it takes around 3 to 5 hours in a hurried speed and if properly then 2 days.  There are many combination tickets available at the entrance of Acropolis which is valid for many days or single day option is also there. Click here to book your Acropolis Skip a line ticket with an audio tour on phone.  You can also purchase Athens City Pass which includes access to Acropolis museum, historic sights and other sights with 2-day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tour.  Or you can book Hop On Hop Off bus separately without entrance to museums by clicking here. 

Where To get Lost in HISTORICAL ATHENS
VIEW OF ACROPOLIS FROM DOWNHILL

Get Lost in –

1.)  PARTHENON

Constructed in 447 B.C. when Greek power was at its peak, this is a Greek temple dedicated to Goddess Athina on which Athens has been named.  In the Greek language, Athens is known as Athina.

Where To get Lost in HISTORICAL ATHENS
PARTHENON

2.)  ERECHTHEION

This is a marble temple situated to the north of Acropolis. It is dedicated to Athina and Poseidon. Built between 421 and 406 B.C.

Where To get Lost in HISTORICAL ATHENS
ERETHEION

3.)  ODEON OF HERODES ATTICUS

This is a ancient amphitheater built in 161 A.D. and renovated in 1950.  It is a stone structure on the south-west slope of Acropolis.  Many open air musical concerts are arranged here with authentic feel of the old Greek era.  Book your tickets in advance

Where To get Lost in HISTORICAL ATHENS
ODEON OF HERODES ATTICUS

4.)  THEATRE OF DIONYSUS

This Theatre is built in 6th century B.C., on the foot of Acropolis which is a major theatre in Athens.  It is the first stone-cult theatre which can occupy 17000 people.  Dedicated to  Dionysus, goddess of wine and plays.

Where To get Lost in HISTORICAL ATHENS
THEATRE OF DIONYSUS

5.)  AGORA OF ATHENS

Located to the northwest of Acropolis.

Where To get Lost in HISTORICAL ATHENS
AGORA OF ATHENS

These all five places are located in Acropolis area. As these places are scared, proper care should be taken while visiting them.

No eatables are allowed inside. Water is allowed inside.

Touching and sitting on them are not allowed.

There is a lot of walking involved in open sun, so be prepared for this.

While walking down you will reach Plaka street.

6.)  EXPLORE PLAKA STREET – 

It is like a small village or island under the shadow of Acropolis. Famous for shopping for Greek things. Antique bars and cafes with authentic food are located here.  Also, explore Anafiotika in Athens – one of the most photogenic streets of this historical city.

7.)  ACROPOLIS MUSEUM – 

This museum is archaeological museum on the findings of the archaeological site of Acropolis of Athens.  It was founded in 2003.

8.)  TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS-

It is a monument of Greece and a former colossal temple at the center of Greek capital Athens.

Where To get Lost in HISTORICAL ATHENS
TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS

9.)  HEPHAESTUS TEMPLE-

It is well preserved modern Greek temple.

Where To get Lost in HISTORICAL ATHENS
HEPHAESTUS TEMPLE

10.)  PLATIA SYNTAGMATOS (SYNTAGAMA SQUARE) – 

Also known as ‘Constitution square’ because of Parliament located here. it is located in central part of Athens.  Famous shopping areas and hotels are located in this area.  Well connected by bus, taxis and metro.  Prefer to stay here when in Athens.  In front of Greek Parliament,  there is special Guard of Honor Ceremony takes place at every hour which is worth watching.

GUARD OF HONOR
GUARD OF HONOR

11.) BEACHES AND HARBOR OF ATHENS- 

Piraesus is old port city located within Athens urban area. This is a classical port city of Athens.  It conducts all import and transit trade of Athens.

Where To get Lost in HISTORICAL ATHENS
HARBOUR
Where To get Lost in HISTORICAL ATHENS
AGEAN SEA

12.)  NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ATHENS – 

It houses most of the important artifacts of Greek civilization and culture collected from archaeological sites around all over Greece. Click here to view visitor timings and opening days.

13.)  UNIVERSITY OF ARTS & CULTURE, ATHENS – 

Located in Syntagma Square this place is very lively and modern.  

WHERE TO GET LOST IN HISTORICAL ATHENS
UNIVERSITY OF ARTS

14. ) EVENINGS OF ATHENS:- 

Book your table on a rooftop bar to get a perfect view of Acropolis, under the evening skies with many colorful shadows falling all over Acropolis, with your favorite drink or coffee. Many bars and cafes are located on top of the hotel to give this perfect view of ancient historical Athens with authentic Greek food and drinks. Some of them are ‘A’ for Athens, Acropolis View Hotel, 360 Cocktail bar, and many more. This picture I have taken from 360 Cocktail bar.

WHERE TO GET LOST IN ATHENS
BAR VIEWING ACROPOLIS

STAY OPTIONS IN ATHENS – I stayed in 360 Degrees with a view of Acropolis and had the experience of the historical side of Athens and Hotel Titania for having the flare of Modern Athens. Click here to have a look at these two hotels and you can book it too. 

Book 3-course dinner with live Greek dance performances in historic Plaka by clicking here. 

WHERE TO GET LOST IN HISTORICAL ATHENS
GREEK DANCE

I went to Kalokerinos for dinner with a dance show.   Check Kalokerinos by clicking this link. 

From Athens there are many one or two day tours to other places.  Read this for planning whole Greek vacations.

Looking for luxurious stay in Santorini then read my reviews on this

There are many sayings or quotes showing why people love to visit Greece. Greece is lovely.

Visit Temple of Poseidon a perfect day trip at Cape Sounion.

Read about 10 places where you can get the best Views of Athens from Backpackers Wanderlust.

Means of transportation in Athens – Private Bus tours like Big BUS, metro, trams, and public buses.

Currency – Euro

Shopping Tips– Leather sandals, Purses, Greek-styled jewelry, Greek cotton clothes, artifacts, pumice stones, Handmade olive soaps, Olives, Fruits, and many more. 

There are many exciting Day trips from Athens, which you would love to do it. 

Greek people are friendly and hospitable.

Best time to visit – Spring as summers are slightly hotter.

Vegetarians will love this place as lots of vegetarian food is available in Greek styled cuisine.

So come with me and GET LOST IN HISTORICAL ATHENS in my way.  

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75 Comments

  1. I absolutely love Athens and did everything you said in your post! When did you visit? I was there in summer and it was too hot exploring the Acropolis and all the ancient ruins. I completely agree about the friendly Greeks, they’re lovely!

  2. I love Athens, I have never been, only studied a lot of it for my History degree. I recently worked for documents 14 in Kassel and heard so much about Athens, which is the sister city for the art exhibition. I have to go and see all the things I learnt about for myself. My sister was there recently and sent me so many pictures making me so jealous!

  3. I have a friend who lives in Athens but I have yet to visit him. The city is so historic: democracy, Greek temples, you name it! It’s so photogenic too. Thanks for your comprehensive post!

  4. Excellent round up of the attractions in Athens. Such a warm, and wonderful people in Greece. I loved exploring the history and culture, this article takes me back.

  5. Athens is literally packed with historical and cultural sites! Everything on this list is on my bucket list too! To read about them and see their photos only piqued my interested some more!

  6. Love your Parthenon photo! I adored Greek mythology as a kid and I’ve wanted to go to Athens ever since. I still haven’t made it there, but hopefully soon! Clearly, there’s so much to explore.

  7. Your photos are beautiful!! I was just in Athens last month but was only there for one night. The ruins were so cool to see, but I wish I would’ve had more time to do other things like see a show at dinner. That’s definitely something I’ll be adding to my list next time I’m in Athens.

  8. The more I read about Athens, the more I am determined to visit this city soon! The architecture shown from your photos look amazing, especially the Parthenon. I imagine they must have looked even more more marvelous in the city’s heyday. I’d love to watch the Guard of Honor Ceremony, too!

  9. I’m yet to explore this incredible city, having read and heard so much about Athens it will definitely a dream come true when I do visit. You have listed down all the must visit places in this historic city of Athens, and no doubt exploring these will get you lost in a world of its own. Dinner with Greek dance show sounds like a fun way to spend the evenings in the city.

  10. As a historian, I would completely geek out if I ever make it to Athens. There’s so much history and so much to do. Your guide is awesome and I need to make this a priority to visit! Dinner and dancing with Greeks would be so much fun! And delicious!

  11. Birthplace of democracy and Greek Science. I just imagine that it’s the birthplace of Greek Science but I’m not going to do an experiment to prove it or anything. (too nerdy?)

    This looks like a very comprehensive list. The Greek dancing look particularly fun.

  12. My children have been learning about some of these amazing historical places at school. It would be wonderful to plan a visit so they can see it all for themselves rather than from photos in a book. I love that we could combine this with a shopping and beach visit too 😊

  13. Firstly you have some beautiful photos there 🙂 I love Athens, it is so full of history and those ruins everywhere are amazing to explore. I would of loved to have booked a dinner and watch Greek dance performers that would of been really cold to see. I am going to add Piraesus the old port city to my list for next time, as it looks so lovely.

  14. I’ve been to Athens a couple of months ago, I absolutely loved it! Especially getting lost in Plaka little streets! We also enjoyed the smaller harbour & beach near Pireo. And all the rooftops overlooking the acropolis! What a beautiful city!

  15. I love your post on this city. its really concise and your pictures are amazing. i love how the city goes through 3 phases of time in a way, with the ancient sites on top, then traditional Greek places and crafts and then the modern city! stunning.

  16. Wow, you guys visited so much of Athens! I’m visiting this November and hope to get beautiful photos as you took. I’ve never read about the harbour before so I’ll be sure to add this to the points of interest of Athens to visit!

  17. I love Athens!! Great pictures and information about visiting this beautiful city. There’s just so much history packed into relatively small place in the scheme of things. Looks like you managed to see a lot of it!!

  18. I have always wanted to visit the Greek capital and stroll around Acropolis, remembering the legends of Olympus. It’s impressive what the antique Greece was able to build! My favorite sight from your article is the Odeon, it looks fascinating! There is so much history in Greece!

  19. Athens is a place, that I have stumbled across many times in school. Some of the places, I had heard before, the remaining were an addition. Will definitely be taking a trip soon and checking out all these places for myself.

  20. I would so gladly get lost in Athens!!! Sadly I missed Athens the last time when I was in Europe, as the flight costs were sky rocketing. Hopefully I’ll get to visit Greece in future! Its all those places that I’ve studied about in art history classes, that you’ve mentioned…

  21. Whenever I read about Athens, I do get ‘mazed. It’s so full of historical pieces that one would think it was a history class. I don’t mind getting lost at the Theater of Dionysus. I did a minor in drama and Dionysus seems to be the name on everyone’s lips every second. I’ll love to see the remnants of Dionysus.

  22. This looks amazing, I’d love to visit with the kids. Apparently the Acropolis museum has loads of trails for little ones so families can go and not be bored! And there is a bike station nearby that rents out tandem bikes which sounds pretty fun!

  23. Greece was already on my mind but mainly regarding Santorini. You’ve provided such detailed information on Athens that I now think we can not skip or spend less days there. Such lovely pictures have provoked the historical side of mine and would add all of these in my itinerary. Pinning your post!

  24. I would like to go to Athens so badly! I love history and Athens is basically the city of history. Not to mention the natural beauty of Greece itself!

  25. Athens is such a beautiful city filled with so much history, I went their last year and was in awe after visiting all these ancient cites. I love exploring ancients ruins and Athens perfectly fits the bill.

  26. Ah, Athens! Theres no place like it in Greece. I was just there last year and I absolutely fell in love with this city! Many have a lot of mixed feelings when visiting Athens but I liked it. Athens is the place to go if you really are interested in Greece Mythology’s history. ( I was a bit disappointed when other Islands in Greece didn’t offer that much history than in the capital, don’t you think?) Also, did you get to visit Delphi? Only a two hour drive from the city and its an amazing place to learn more about Greeks 🙂 ! Let me know your thoughts 🙂 – Mariella

  27. What a beautiful city Athens is. I can’t wait to visit Greece, it’s been on my list for a very long time. Thanks for sharing so many great tidbits and advice! Will definitely be referencing your post for future trips

  28. We’re headed to the Greek islands in a few weeks and decided to skip Athens altogether. Why???? Wish I saw your post before we booked everything. Oh well, another reason to go back I suppose 🙂

  29. Ohh thank for reminding me that I need to go back to Athen! I was there in 2002 and I hardly remember anything from these magnifique sites! And my brother and sister inlaw got married there because my sister inlaw is greek but I couldnt go! Helas!

  30. Our neighbors went to Athens in the spring. I swear, your post is like looking through their photo album. He’s a huge history buff and loved all of the museums and sites from ancient times. She is a foodie (like me) and fell in love with the food. x

  31. I didn’t know they did a guard of honour the same way that England does– of course, not the same history but that is fascinating. I would spend all day in each of these historical places– I would just stand there breathing in the awesomeness.

  32. Your pictures are so wonderful.. Greece has always been one of my dream destinations.. We were planning to go there last year, but didn’t pushed through because the air ticket prices were so expensive, if coming from Doha.. Hopefully we can get to visit this next year.. I will take note of this post for future reference.

  33. Athens is a perfect place to explore historical and cultural essence. I hope Greece come out of economic recession soon…Did you feel any distress as a tourist? I loved all the pics you have shared in the post…

  34. You won’t like it but I am not much into travelling. But by checking out details and pictures I found ERETHEION to be the place I would love to visit one day if I could. Almost all listed places are new to me.

    Thanks for sharing this list.

  35. Though I’ve been to Greece, I’ve only been to Rhodes, not Athens 🙁 I’d love to go one day though – I was in Cyprus this summer, and spent a lot of time exploring the old ruins and the tombs. I loved it x

  36. Athens looks like an incredible place to visit with so much to see. I’d love to see the temple for real. It looks amazing!

  37. I would love to visit Athens, learning about the ancient greeks was always one of my favourite parts of history, the amazing stories of their gods and the tales of life in ancient times always fascinated me.

  38. Odeon of Herodes Atticus looks so grand. Just wow. I would love to attend the musical concert here. The old temples and structures must have transported you to a bygone era. I love reading about Greek history. I would love to visit someday.

  39. One of my favourite places to visit, so thanks for bringing back good memories. You’re totally right about spending 3 hours in Acropolis, it’s very easy to do. Plaka Street is fun though a little touristy. A great place to buy souvenirs.

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