Most of the trips start as a dream, a desire to know and explore unfamiliar places and they take form when we finally land at the destination airport, or when we park the car in the desired place.
And that’s happened to me when I arrived at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. It is important to note that the airport is not located near the tourist area of Athens, approximately 34 km away. To move from the airport to the city there are these alternatives: car rental, subway, taxi or bus. This time according to what I had planned, I wanted to explor all the central area of Athens, so the most convenient was the express bus. Most of the important tourist places are nearby to know them walking for that reason i though that rent of a car would be a waste of time and money.
The bus station is located between gate 4 and 5 of the airport. The bus is number X95, which takes approximately 45 minutes to Syntagma Square. You do not have to worry about your arrival time because they have runs on that route 24 hours. The ticket price is 6 euros per single trip.
What to do in Athens?
Well I’ll tell you the main points of the city that should be visited.
If you do not want to find a lot of people and take perfect photos then you will have to get up early and be the first to arrive, and even more so if you go in high season.
The place is open from 8:00 in the morning and the cost of the ticket is 30 euros.
It sounds a little expensive, well it is, but it should be noted that this price includes entrance to the following places: Ancient Agora and Aeropagus, Kerameicos, Temple of Zeus, Adrian Bookstore and Roman Agora.
The Temple of Zeus and Adrian’s Library close at 3:00 pm so take note about that.
2. Museum of the Acropolis
The price of admission to the museum is 5 euros. It has some interesting things but honestly I did not love it, but since you are there it is worth to take a look it.
3. Change of Guard in tomb of the unknown soldier.
This takes place next to the Greek Parliament in front of the Syntagma square. They are held every hour.
On the way to the National Archaeological Museum you will find the Panepistimio and the National Library of Greece wich are two beautiful buildings that worth a stop.
5. National Archaeological Museum
This museum is certainly a must in the city, anyone visiting Athens would have to go to tour this museum as it is really beautiful. Make plans to spend at least 3 hours of the day because it has so much information and important things to see that you will not realize how easy time goes.
One of the things I was most interested in seeing from the museum was the fresco called “La Primavera”
This fresco was found in the archaeological ruins of Akrotiri on the island of Thera (Santorini). The reason why it was in such a good state of conservation is because it was covered with ash by a volcanic eruption that took place in the middle of the 2nd millennium BC. The ticket price is 15 euros but like the ticket of the Acropolis, it includes the entrance to other museums among them to the Byzantine museum that is our fourth point in the list to visit.
I leave the link here of the page of the museum for any doubt or information that you would need matter like the opening and closing time.
6. Byzantine Museum
This museum is lovely. When you arrive it seems small from outside but once inside you realize that it would take you about two hours to walk it at least. The museum treats as its name indicates in Byzantine art. It has paintings, sculptures, mosaics, embroidery and even tombs. It is certainly a place that has to be visited. But I have to say that if you take small children maybe it is not the best option.
7. Central Market
This stop might not be liked by all people but I love to walk around and see the fruits, vegetables, sweets and all those things that are typical and that the local people consume. I think it should be because I love to eat and I always end up buying all those things that I find interesting. This time I take chamomile for my teas. If you like food and are interested in seeing the typical products this is a place that you definitely have to go for a walk.
It is one of the areas in Athens with more life. It is full of shops and restaurants to eat very tastefully and at night gives a very nice view of the illuminated Acropolis.
It is a neighborhood that is coming down of the Acropolis, just as Monasteraki is a place with restaurants, coffee shops and souvenir shops. It is a good place to take something after walking between the streets of the city.
10. Panathinaikó Stadium
It is an athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first edition of the Modern Olympic Games in 1896. It is made of marble which makes it look very beautiful. The entrance ticket costs 7 euros.
– Hotel Kimon is very well located, good price compared to the hotels in that area and the attention is excellent.
– For lunch I recommend the cafe that is in the Byzantine museum, a little pricey but the food is good.
– The ergon restaurant near Syntagma Square is also a good choice. What I liked most about that place was the hummus. I leave some photos to open their appetite. lol