Things to Do in Athens
Back when we reviewed Greece as a travel destination for you, we mentioned how Athens, the centre of Greece, was a must-visit. Today, we’ll discuss in detail five things to do when in Athens. These include;
- Visiting the Acropolis
- Going to the Acropolis Museum
- Visiting the Parthenon
- Seeing a show at Odeon of Herodes Atticus
- And experiencing rooftop fine dining at Orizontes or Strofi
Visiting the Acropolis
Athens’ ancient citadel, the Acropolis, is renowned all over the world for its classical landmarks and the surrounding beauty its abrupt rocky outcrop offers. Here, you get the perfect opportunity to learn more about ancient Greece, the philosophical treasures it hoards, and how the democracy of the olden days functioned.
We recommend taking a good rubber-soled pair of boots when going to visit the acropolis, as the climb is steep and can be slippery at times. However, once you reach the flat summit, you’ll understand what we mean when we say that the Acropolis takes you on a historical joyride.
Going to the Acropolis Museum
Another thing to do when in Greece is to visit the Acropolis museum. Situated on the southeast slope of Athens, the museum conveniently presents thousands of Greek artifacts in one place for you to see. The museum offers a clear view of the Parthenon to visitors and is built over ancient ruins. You can see these inside, since the floor is made of unbreakable glass panels showcasing the olden-day foundations below.
Some items you can find in the Acropolis Museum include archaic discoveries from the Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike, and the Propylaea gateway.
The halls are trapezoid and mostly made of marble, letting you breathe freely as you go about marveling at long lost wonders.
Visit the Parthenon
Parthenon is a wonder of its time, revered as a great achievement of the Doric Order. This is one of the most significant buildings of classical Greece to survive up to the 21st Century. This structure is another symbol of Greece democracy. This structure was erected for the goddess Athena and construction began in 447 BC.
This structure was used as the city treasury but was converted into a church in the 6th century, followed by being converted into a mosque in the 1460s by the Ottoman Empire.
Many sculptures found by Earl of Elgin in Parthenon were sold to the British Museum early-18th century, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to look at their today. You’ll find your hunger for Greek history satiated after a visit to the Parthenon.
Seeing a Show at Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Concerts aren’t a 19th or 20th century thing – Romans built the Odeon of Herodes Atticus to prove that. Erected in 161 AD by the Athenian Magnate Herodes Atticus in loving memory of his wife Aspasia Annia Regilla, this is the Taj Mahal of olden days.
You can get a seat to an evening concert to experience the Odeon just as the Athenians did back in the day, only it is going to be brightly lit to give you a good time, while giving you opportunities to experience the thrill the Odeon has to offer.
In the year 275, the Odean was by raided the Hercules as the monument faded for over 1,700 years. It wasn’t until the 1950s that it was restored, rebuilding the stone tiers with the same marble as before; from Mount Pentelicus.
Experience Rooftop Fine Dining at Orizontes or Strofi
Whether you need some quiet time alone or a romantic evening, visit the Orizontes or Strofi for a wonderful night out. It’s safe to say that these are the best restaurants in Athens.
Orizontes is located atop Lycabettus Hill, offering a breathtaking view of Athens. And whether you’re in the mood for some Mediterranean food, seafood, meat, or all greens, you can expect to be delighted regardless. Flavors from all over Greece come around to give you a meal to remember Athens by.
We recommend starting off with the Epirus feta cheese served in dough which is drizzled generously with thyme-infused honey.
Strofi, on the other hand, is a must-go for all connoisseurs. It is housed in a mid-war mansion and is located at the foothills of the Acropolis. You can get a mesmerizing view of the Parthenon from here.
We recommend booking a table in the balcony of both restaurants to experience the beauty of Athens to its fullest.