Sightseeing in Athens
The ancient charm of Athens is undeniable and overly generous. You do not have to search for it; it is there, bare, inviting, overwhelming, transcendent. During your stay in Athens city, here are the top three ancient landmarks to visit that will arm you with the fundamental knowledge of centuries worth of heritage.
Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
The astonishing Acropolis site, the iconic rock and the emblematic citadel of Athens city that is adorned by the remains of the legendary Parthenon, Propylaea, Erechtheum and Temple of Athena Nike. It can be visited every day from 8am to 5pm, while there are skip the line tickets available for spending less time queuing. It is accessed via the south side of the rock, just a short walk from the Athens Metro at the Acropolis stop, along the most historic pedestrian street of Dionysiou Areopagitou.
The Acropolis Museum is located opposite the Acropolis, and has an extensive collection of exhibits that cover a wide range of eras. Estimate a good 3 hours for covering all exhibitions, and be sure to check the opening times beforehand, as they differ slightly depending on the season. There is restaurant cafe that is open during usual opening times except for Fridays, when it closes at midnight, for enjoying some amazing Acropolis views.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Also known as the Herodion amongst locals, this ancient marble theatre is the most impressive, for its design, location and cultural significance throughout the ages. Situated at the foot of the Acropolis rock, it can be admired externally only, unless you are lucky enough to book a ticket for one of the many performances it hosts, most of which run from June to mid October as part of the annual Athens & Epidaurus Festival. Internationally acclaimed musicians, artists and performers take the ancient stage while the moon and the Acropolis frame your evening in a way that will truly move you.
Located on the north western side of the Acropolis, it can be accessed from Thissio train station, Monastiraki Metro stop, or by a scenic walk around the perimeter from the south side of the Acropolis. The Ancient Agora of classical Athens includes 20 buildings and structures within its grounds, the most notable of which are the Stoa of Attalos and the Altar of Zeus Agoraios. You will also witness many excavations on the grounds of the Ancient Agora in full display while there are wonderful little cafes and tavernas around the site for enjoying a quick break.