From the moment I stepped foot in this beautiful country, it was love at first mouthful. There’s something about Greece feels so Being there calms my overactive mind, soothes my and leaves me feeling and stronger than ever. And the food? I’ve been to over 90 countries and Greece is my number one destination for eating.
I believe Athens is one of the greatest European cities out there, and it’s the perfect destination for a city break. This city is magnificent! With great street art, incredible food, colourful neighbourhoods, and so much there really is something for everybody.
It’s overwhelmingly hot, crammed full of tourists and cruise ship passengers, and most of the locals have left in search of cooler climates. It’s not going to be a if you do visit in August, but keep in mind that it’s going to get pretty uncomfortable as you explore those ruins in the heat.
I visited in mid-September and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It wasn’t too hot, there were plenty of locals around, prices weren’t extortionate, and the masses of European tourism had dissipated for the start of school
I think three days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Athens, so today, I’m excited to share exactly how you can do so.
DAY ONE: BEGIN DIVING INTO ATHEN
The first thing you should do in Athens is a no-brainer: buy your combined ticket.
Well, it costs €30, and for that, you’ll gain access to all of the main attractions in Athens, including the Acropolis. Not only will you get to explore the most famous site in the city, but you’ll also be able to enter the Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Aristotle’s School, Kerameikos, and the — you can visit each of these once over a five-day period, and you can buy the ticket at the entrance to any of them. I bought mine from the Agora. You’ll save a whole bunch of money by doing this, so the only reason not to get the combined ticket is if you think you’ll only want to see one or two of the attractions.
The Agora was built in the 6th Century BC and was once the centre of life in Athens. Used as a marketplace and gathering spot, this was where you’d have found people like Socrates, Aristotle and Plato casually wandering around town. Almost all of the commercial, and social activity took place in the Agora, so this is a hugely important area to check out.
We kicked off our explorations with a wander around the of Hephaestus, which is the best-preserved in Athens. And it sure was impressive when you consider that it was built it was in great condition, as you can see from my photo above.
With stomachs satisfied by kebabs, we set off to hit up the second Agora in Athens. The Roman Agora was built in the 1st century BC, financed by Caesar and Augustus, and like the Agora, was used as the city’s marketplace. You enter the site through the Gate of Athena Archegetis, which was built and dedicated
The most well-known and well-preserved building is the Tower of the Winds: a large octagonal marble tower that functions as a sundial, weathervane, and water clock. It’s believed to be the first meteorological station in the world, and worth having a look inside.