With summer in full bloom, Athens is one travel destination you need to add to your list. Here you’ll discover a complete travel experience with mouthwatering food, historical sites to a vibrant nightlife and stunning beaches. What else? We’ve planned your trip! To get the most out of your trip below is the best way you can spend 3 days in Athens.
How to get around Athens
Luckily, Athens has pretty good public transportation network (2 metro lines, 1 urban railway, buses, trams, etc). If you want to opt for a taxi, download an app called Beat which pretty much works like Uber, but is specifically used for taxis. Now you can add your credit card or PayPal information and not have to worry about cash and change.
Day 1: Downtown Athens
Check-in and hit the road. Depending on the time you arrive in Athens, head straight up to the Acropolis site or the museum. If it’s midday and the sun is strong, we suggest you check out the museum first. All in all, to explore the museum and the Acropolis, you will need around 2 to 3 hours at least.
From the Museum of Acropolis, walk through Rovertou Galli and enjoy a lovely stroll under the Acropolis and the Roman Theatre of Herodes. Eventually, you’ll end up in Thissio and Monastiraki, one of Athen’s most popular tourist destinations. This is a great opportunity to get lost in the narrow streets, shop for souvenirs and people watch. Don’t forget to try some souvlaki, tzatziki and Greek salad at Thanassis at Monastiraki
One of the best spots in the city is 360, a restaurant/bar at Monastiraki square with panoramic views of the Acropolis and the city. While it would be ideal to go there in the evening, it’s still worth the visit during the day.
Next, walk along Ermou street (the biggest shopping strip in Athens) all the way to Constitution Square. Here, at parliament, don’t miss out on the change of shift for the guards. Dressed in traditional costumes from the Ottoman era (before the Greek revolution), it’s quite a spectacle.
In the evening, if you’re still up for it and want to experience the nightlife, go for drinks at Agias Irinis square.
Day 2: Southern suburbs and beachside
We recommend renting a car and enjoying a pleasant 3-hour drive along the coast. If you don’t want to rent a car, you also have the option to use public transportation. Keep in mind the routes become less dense and it’s a bit slower to get around.
During your trip get a chance to explore the southern suburbs of Athens which includes Glifada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Anavyssos, Saronida, Legrena and Sounio (the tip of the Attica peninsula). Sounio is the last stop and is famous for its stunning sunset, but make sure you get there on time.
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On your way back, don’t forget to stop for a cool refreshment at one of the many beachside bars (Balux, En Plo ) in the area.
Day 3: Day Trip to Hydra Island
Hydra is a picturesque island 2 hours away from Athens (on a speed ferry, also known as Flying Dolphin in Greece). With zero cars in sight, it’s a beautiful place to spend the day walking around and enjoying the scenery, lovely weather and greek culture.
With many ferries heading towards Hydra daily, take an earlier ferry from the port of Piraeus and come back with the last one to get the most out of your Island experience. But, make sure you check the timings for the last ferry back to port Piraeus.
Before you leave
Try the cold coffee in Athens (either Frappe or Freddo Espresso or Freddo Cappuccino) before you head back home. Other must-try items include the Souvlaki, Tzatziki, Saganaki, Moussaka and of course greek pies!
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