Two days sightseeing in Athens
If you're planning on sailing around the Saronic Islands or the Cyclades and you're visiting Athens for the first time, we highly recommend spending at least 2 days in the city to explore its highlights.
But, before you dive in, you should first read our older article about the hidden gems of Greece: Unique things to see, do and taste in Greece
So, to help you make the most of your limited time, we have prepared a presentation showcasing the most significant attractions and experiences that Athens has to offer.
This way, you can immerse yourself in the history and culture of this ancient city before embarking on your island adventure.
Getting Around Athens: Tips for First-Time Visitors
As for public transportation, while it is a cost-effective option, it can be time-consuming and cumbersome for travelers who are not familiar with the system.
Renting a car can also be unnecessary for a short two-day stay in Athens.
Therefore, recommending a taxi service is a good option that can save time and provide a hassle-free transportation experience for visitors to Athens.
Summer Attire Tips for Exploring the City
During summer vacations in the city center, it's important to dress appropriately for the high temperatures.
Light and breathable clothing is recommended, as well as comfortable walking shoes, as there will be a lot of walking involved.
It's also important to protect yourself from the sun, especially for visitors from northern climates who may not be used to the intense heat.
Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are essential items to bring along on any outing.
ATHENS Center by walking
We have created two routes, one for each day.
The two routes combine:
- walking in the tourist area of Athens (shops, restaurants, cafes), as well as
- the most important archaeological sites (Acropolis, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Panathenaic Stadium).
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ATHENS, DAY 1
Walking distance: aprox. 3.5 Km
We would advise you not to start your day with a heavy breakfast.
You can enjoy your coffee, breakfast or branch, in Athens center, surrounded by locals or tourists.
If you start feeling tired and think it's time to sit down for a coffee or a meal, check "Google reviews" and take a break.
We leave the hotel and when we reach the main avenue, we hail a taxi, to Syntagma square.
1. Syntagma Square
Start your tour at Syntagma (Constitution) Square, the central square of Athens, where the Greek Parliament is located.
The history of Syntagma Square dates back to the early 19th century when Athens became the capital of the newly established Greek state.
Originally a royal garden, the square was named Constitution Square in 1843 after the adoption of the Greek Constitution.
Over the years, it has been the site of numerous historic events, including political rallies, military parades, and public demonstrations.
Today, Syntagma Square remains a symbol of democracy and political freedom in Greece.
2. Ermou Street
Take a walk along Ermou Street, one of the most popular shopping streets in Athens, where you can find a variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Stop at Kapnikarea, a small Byzantine church located in the middle of Ermou Street, and admire its unique architecture.
Monastiraki Square is a central hub of the neighborhood, featuring a popular flea market where visitors can find a variety of antiques, souvenirs, and local products.
The area is also home to several historic landmarks, including the ancient Roman Agora, the Monastiraki Mosque, and the Church of the Pantanassa.
The neighborhood is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, offering a unique glimpse into the city's rich cultural heritage.
Α picturesque neighborhood located at the foot of the Acropolis hill, where you can find trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants.
6. Agiou Pavlou Pedestrian Street
Stroll along Agiou Pavlou Pedestrian Street, a charming street with neoclassical buildings, small shops, and cafes.
This is an enjoyable way to see the city's historic landmarks up close.
The route passes by many cafes and restaurants, giving visitors the opportunity to stop for a coffee or a meal while taking in the stunning views of the Acropolis.
The Acropolis is an iconic historical landmark and a must-see for anyone visiting Athens for the first time, so it's definitely worth climbing up.
The distance to the top of the Acropolis hill is about 300 meters (984 feet), but the actual distance of the uphill walk is a bit longer due to the winding path. The walk can be a bit steep in places, but the path is well-maintained and there are resting spots along the way.
Once you reach the top, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Athens and its surrounding areas, as well as the opportunity to explore some of the most important and impressive ancient ruins in the world:
- the Parthenon
- the Propylaea,
- the Erechtheion and
- the Temple of Athena Niki.
8. Herod Atticus Odeon
Walk down from the Acropolis and visit the Herod Atticus Odeon, an ancient amphitheater located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis, which hosts concerts and cultural events during the summer.
Lunch, near Dionysiou Areopagitou: End your tour with a dinner at a restaurant near Dionysiou Areopagitou, a pedestrian street with a stunning view of the Acropolis.
ATHENS, DAY 2
Walking distance: aprox. 3.7 Km
We chose the Hill of Lycabettus, for its stunning view, to start our promenade.
1. Lycabettus Hil
Lycabettus Hill is a beautiful natural landmark in Athens, Greece that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
To reach the hilltop, you can hire a taxi which will drop you off at a large car parking area, where you can see people relaxing and admiring the stunning views of Athens.
From there, you can take a small path leading to the top of the hill where you will find a charming little chapel.
At the top, next to the chapel, there is a café that serves coffee, breakfast, etc.
Afterwards, you will descend into the city by taking the path.
2. Kolonaki Square
Head to Kolonaki, a chic and upscale neighborhood, and visit its central square, surrounded by cafes, bars, and luxury boutiques.
3. Panathenaic Stadium
On your way to the Panathenaic Stadium from Kolonaki Square, you will come across the National Gardens and the Maximou building, which is the Prime Minister's residence.
The National Gardens cover an area of 38 acres, were created in the 19th century and are home to over 7,000 trees, as well as various plants and animals.
It's a great place to take a stroll, or simply relax in the shade of the trees.
The Panathenaic Stadium is a historic landmark located in the heart of Athens, Greece.
It is a magnificent marble stadium that has been in use for over 2000 years, and it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble.
The Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro, hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
Explore Plaka, the oldest neighborhood in Athens, with narrow alleys, traditional houses, and souvenir shops.
You can also visit the Anafiotika neighborhood, which resembles a Greek island village.
5. Acropolis Museum
Continue to the Acropolis Museum, which showcases artifacts and sculptures from the Acropolis hill and the Parthenon temple.
Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch at one of the tavernas in Plaka, serving local delicacies like moussaka, souvlaki, and Greek salads.
Tips for enjoying evenings and dining near Alimos marina in Athens
We thought about how you could spend your evenings or where to dine during your stay in Athens, especially if your hotel is located near the Marina Alimos.
You could take a walk along the marina and enjoy the view of the boats and the sea.
There are several cafes and bars along the waterfront where you can relax and have a drink.
As for dining near Alimos marina, there are several restaurants that offer fresh seafood and traditional Greek cuisine.
Below you can find some of our suggestions:
The Flisvos promenade
Α long pedestrian walkway along the seaside, which is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, especially during the summer months.
It's a great place to take a leisurely stroll, jog, bike ride or rollerblade, while enjoying the beautiful views of the sea.
You'll see families, children, dogs, athletes, and people of all ages enjoying the promenade.
There are also many cafes, bars, and restaurants along the way, where you can relax and enjoy a drink or a meal while watching the sea.
Overall, it's a lively and bustling area with a great atmosphere, perfect for a casual outing or a romantic walk by the sea.
Nautical Club of Paleo Faliro
The Nautical Club of Paleo Faliro is a historic sailing club located on the Athens Riviera, just a few kilometers from the city center. The club was founded in 1936 and has since become one of the most prestigious and active sailing clubs in Greece, with a wide range of facilities for sailing enthusiasts of all levels.
The club's restaurant, is situated right on the waterfront, offering stunning views of the sea and the marina.
The restaurant serves a variety of Greek and Mediterranean dishes, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
The menu includes seafood, meat dishes, vegetarian options, and a selection of homemade desserts.
The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely lunch or dinner with friends and family.
It is recommended that visitors call ahead and make a reservation before visiting the restaurant at the Nautical Club of Paleo Faliro, as it can be quite popular and busy during peak hours.
Phone: (+30)21 1411 0723
Dia Noche Cafe
Dia Noche cafe is located in Alimos marina and offers a great view of the sea.
The cafe has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, making it a popular spot for coffee and drinks.
Dia Noche cafe is also a cozy and stylish restaurant, offering a modern Mediterranean cuisine with a fusion touch.
The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating areas with stunning sea views. The decor is simple yet elegant, creating a relaxing atmosphere for diners to enjoy their meal. The menu features a variety of dishes, including fresh seafood, salads, pasta, and meat options.
Visitors can also enjoy a selection of cocktails, wines, and desserts.
Among the many tavernas in Alimos that serve traditional Greek food and fresh seafood,we've chosen for you the "Vassilis Taverna"
This taverna provides a lovely outdoor dining experience in a courtyard covered by a beautiful vine, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere.
The menu is carefully curated to highlight the flavors of Greece, and the ingredients are locally sourced for the freshest taste.
The staff is friendly and attentive, ensuring that guests have a memorable dining experience.
In addition, the taverna also provides food delivery to boats located at Alimos marina, allowing customers to enjoy their delicious meals on board.
Address: 3, Davaki 1, Alimos 174 55
Phone: (+30) 21 0983 9250
The "Cine Alimos" open-air cinema, is located next to Alimos Marina, is known for its beautiful seaside location and outdoor screening experience.
An open-air cinema is a type of cinema that operates outdoors, typically during the summer months, and provides a unique cinematic experience under the stars.
These cinemas often provide deck chairs or other seating arrangements for their viewers and show a variety of films.
The ticket price for Cine Alimos was approximately 4€ per person, making it an affordable option for moviegoers.
Alternatively, you could explore the neighbourhood of Glyfada suburb, which is known for its shopping and dining options and located 3 km south of Alimos marina.
Glyfada visitors can stroll along the scenic seaside promenade, explore the high-end shopping and boutiques in the area, and enjoy a delicious meal or drink at one of the many restaurants and cafes.
The area has a lively atmosphere, especially at night.