In this Athens travel blog you'll discover all the insights you need to plan a perfect trip to Athens in Greece.
Athens Travel Blog Posts
Hi! My name’s Dave, and I’ve been living in Athens, Greece since 2014.
From almost day 1 of living in Athens, I’ve been writing Athens travel blog posts and guides to help people better explore this amazing city. There’s probably enough insights and information about Athens to fill a book by now – maybe I’ll write one soon, who knows?!
In the mean time though, this particular Athens blog post more or less acts as a sign post to specific guides about visiting the capital of Greece.
It’s divided into useful section, like things you need to know before you visit Athens, Athens itinerary suggestions, exploring Ancient Athens and other important attractions, where to stay in Athens, day trips from Athens, and much, much more.
As people visit Athens for different reasons, I’ve got guides that cater to a broad range of people. So, if you’re just in Athens for a day before you head off on a cruise, my 1 day itinerary will be ideal. If you want to spend longer in the city, my 4 day Athens guide will be better suited.
By the way, if you’re reading this Athens travel blog on the desktop version, there’s also a search bar at the top of the page (on mobile, it’s at the bottom). Use the search function to see what else there is on the site – I’ve got around 1400 articles all told!
Ok, let’s dive in…
Travel Planning Before You Visit Athens
Before you visit Greece, you might want to find out a bit more about Athens and what to expect. These guides will help:
Athens Itinerary Suggestions
No matter how long you plan to spend in the city center, these itinerary ideas for Athens have you covered:
Exploring Ancient Athens
Athens was the epi-center of the Golden Age of Ancient Greece. There are many ancient ruins you can visit in Athens center, and these blog posts go into them in detail:
Other Major Tourist Attractions
While many people associate Athens with the ancient landmarks, the city centre has a thriving contemporary vibe that makes it an interesting places to explore:
Day Trips and Tours
By basing yourself in Athens, you can take a variety of day trips to surrounding places of interest. Here's some of the best day trips from Athens to consider:
Getting Around Athens Public Transportation
Public transport in Greece is a great way to get around. Here's some Athens specific blog posts about how to get to various points of interest.
Where to Stay in Athens
For stays of just a few days downtown Athens or the historic center are the best areas to choose a hotel. These Athens blogs have more:
Where to go after Athens
If you're going Greek island hopping after seeing all the sites of Athens, these guides will help:
FAQ About Going to Athens for the First Time
Reader planning a trip to Athens for the first time often ask similar questions to these:
What are the must-see attractions in Athens?
The Acropolis and Parthenon, the Ancient Agora, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Plaka district.
How do I get from Athens airport to the city center?
Options include the metro, bus, or a taxi. The metro offers a direct route to Syntagma Square.
Is Athens safe for tourists?
Athens is generally safe for tourists, though it's wise to take usual precautions against petty crime.
What is the best time to visit Athens?
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds.
Can I visit the Acropolis without a guide?
Yes, you can visit independently, but a guided tour can provide valuable historical context and insights.
What should I eat in Athens?
Try local specialties like moussaka, souvlaki, and Greek salad.
Where is the best place to stay in Athens for first-timers?
Staying near the historic center, such as in Plaka or Monastiraki, is convenient for sightseeing.
How many days do I need in Athens?
Two to three days are typically enough to see the main sights, though more time allows for a deeper exploration.
What should I know about visiting museums and archaeological sites?
Many sites offer combined tickets for savings, and museum hours may vary by season, so check in advance.
What are some tips for getting around Athens?
The metro is efficient for major attractions. Walking is best for exploring central neighborhoods.
Dave's travel writer from the UK who's been living in Athens since 2015. As well as writing this Athens travel blog, he's also created hundreds of other travel blog posts and itineraries for travel destinations all over Greece. Follow Dave on social media for travel inspiration from Greece and beyond: