Explore Athens like a Pro: A Beginner’s Guide to Visiting Iconic Landmarks

Greece is a place of natural beauty, and my first visit did not disappoint. The combination of sun, beach, and water was perfect for me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the country.

Athens, the capital of Greece, is a city that promises to take you on a journey through time. From the ancient Acropolis to the modern city, Athens is a destination that offers something for everyone. When we arrived in Athens, we knew we had to make the most of our trip and explore all the iconic landmarks the city had to offer. In this guide, we will take you through our journey of visiting the Acropolis, Filoppappou Hill, Lykavittos Hill, the Panathenaic Stadium and more.

Plaka District

Plaka is a charming neighborhood located in the heart of Athens, Greece. It is known as the “old town” of Athens and is considered one of the city’s most picturesque areas. The district is filled with traditional Greek buildings, narrow streets, and small squares, making it a great place to explore on foot. Visitors can find a variety of shops and restaurants in Plaka, as well as traditional tavernas, cafes and bars. The area is also home to several museums, including the Museum of Greek Folk Art and the Jewish Museum of Greece. One of the main attractions in Plaka is the Flea Market, where visitors can find everything from souvenirs to antiques. It is also known for its nightlife, and it’s a great place to go for a drink or a dance in one of the many bars and clubs.


After our walk, we stopped for a snack at Klepsidracafe, a charming cafe located just below the Acropolis. Although it was a popular spot, it wasn’t easy to find unless you knew the street name or the area. The cafe is the perfect place to rest and refuel before continuing your journey.


At some point we made our way to the Acropolis, one of the most iconic landmarks in Greece. The ancient citadel sits high above the city of Athens, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. As we walked through the ruins, we were able to see the remains of several ancient structures including the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. It was incredible to see the history and architectural prowess of the ancient Greeks up close. The site was crowded with tourists, but the views made it worth it.

Lykavittos Hill

One of the highest points in Athens, Greece. It offers panoramic views of the city, including the Acropolis and the Saronic Gulf. The hill is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, and it’s a great place to go for a hike or a picnic. The summit can be reached by foot or by taking the funicular railway.

At the top of the hill, there’s a small church and a café where visitors can relax and take in the views. In addition, there is also an open-air theatre that host various events, concerts and plays during the summer months. With its natural beauty, and stunning views, Lykavittos Hill is definitely a must-see destination for anyone visiting Athens.

Filoppappou Hill

Located just a short walk from the Acropolis. The hill is quite a climb, but the view from the top is worth the effort. The hill offers one of the best panoramic views of Athens, and it’s an ideal spot to take in the city’s ancient history and modern architecture.

We took a leisurely stroll up the hill, and as we reached the summit, the view took our breath away. The hilltop offers a breathtaking view of the city, the Acropolis, and the sea.

Panathenaic Stadium

An ancient stadium located in the city of Athens, and it’s the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. It was originally built in 330 BC and was used for various athletic events such as the ancient Olympic Games.

We were fascinated by the history and architecture of the stadium, and it was incredible to see the ancient structure up close. The stadium is well-preserved, and it’s easy to imagine the crowds of ancient Greeks cheering on their athletes. It was a great opportunity to learn about the ancient Olympic Games and the history of ancient Greece.

Overall, our trip to Athens was an unforgettable experience. Each landmark we visited offered something unique, whether it was the stunning panoramic views from Lykavittos Hill, the ancient history of the Acropolis, the picturesque Filoppappou Hill, or the impressive architecture of the Panathenaic Stadium. We would highly recommend visiting these landmarks to anyone planning a trip to Athens. They are a great way to experience the history and culture of the city, and they offer something for everyone. We hope this guide helps you plan your own journey through Athens and makes your trip as memorable as ours was.


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