Athens Travel Guide

 

Happy almost humpday! I’ve finally put together a travel guide for Athens, Greece! I feel like I had so much to write about, but I can only imagine how much I’ll want to write about for the the Santorini travel guide!

We started our trip by flying into Athens and staying for a day and a half. We added on another half day at the end of our trip (so almost 2 full days total) since we had to fly back home from Athens. I highly recommend spending time in Athens at the start of your trip if you’re able to rather than at the end. Athens is fun, but I feel like most people enjoy the Greek Islands a lot more.  Overall, Athens is an old city. There are nice areas and not so nice areas (just like any other city out there), but there is so much history to it, and that’s what I love about it.

These guides are split into three parts: Things to Do, Where to Eat & Where to Stay/Transportation.

Things to Do

  • Walk around the Plaka/Downtown
    • We did this every evening and night while we were in Athens. The Plaka is an area downtown with cobblestone streets that are lined with a bunch of small shops and restaurants and cafes. This is a great place to buy souvenirs and to eat some amazing food!

  • Visit the Acropolis
    • I feel like this is a must do while you’re in Athens. We woke up on our first full day in the city and headed straight here. I HIGHLY suggest to get there right when it opens (usually around 8am) to avoid the large crowds and the afternoon heat if you’re going during summer. This place fills up, no joke! When we were leaving we were amazed at the amount of tour groups and school field trips that were there. I’ve also heard that you can go later in the afternoon and the crowds aren’t as bad, but I’ve never personally experienced it so I can’t tell you if that’s really true or not. Since there are two entrances to the Acropolis, I also highly suggest using the side entrance which is on the South East side rather than the main entrance that’s on the west side if you’re not able to get there early to avoid the crowds. Keep in mind that it is a lot of walking and some of it is uphill so just wear comfy shoes!

  • Visit the Acropolis Museum
    • This was a really cool museum! Some people suggest visiting the museum first since it will give you a lot of information and background about what you will see and what happened at the site of the Acropolis, but if not you can still visit the museum afterwards. Since we were wanting to get to the Acropolis right when it opened, we toured the museum after we visited the site.

Where to Eat

  • The Old Tavern of Psarras
    • We ate at this tavern for dinner the first night we were in Athens at the recommendation of our hotel’s receptionist. This place serves traditional greek dishes and lots of people who live in the city frequent this place a lot. It has indoor and outdoor seating as well as a rooftop area that has a view looking up at the Acropolis. This restaurant was the closest restaurant to the Acropolis that we ate at so keep in mind that you can actually see more of the Acropolis when you’re farther away from it since it sits on top of this massive hill.

Feta Cheese “ravasaki”

Greek Salad

 

Lamb Kleftiko

Moussaka

  • What we ordered:
    • Cold Appetizer: Bread with Olive Oil & Tapenade
    • Warm Appetizer: Feta Cheese “ravasaki” – Feta wrapped in hand made pastry with honey and sesame
      • This was honestly one of my favorite things we had on the whole trip, so if you love feta cheese you have to order this!
    • Salad: Greek Salad
      • Amazing. I don’t think I will ever have a better or more fresh greek salad than this ever again. Not only is the feta cheese amazing but Greece’s tomatoes are so fresh!
    • Entrees: Moussaka (egg-plant and potato based dish with beef and cheese) & Lamb “Kleftiko” (Greek lamb cooked in parchment paper with potatoes, hard cheese, tomatoes and peppers)
      • Both great options but the Lamb Kleftiko was our favorite. The lamb was so tender that it was just melting in your mouth.

View from the Rooftop of Zillers Roof Garden

  • The Zillers Roof Garden (Rooftop Bar located inside the Ziller Boutique Hotel – where we stayed)
    • We ate here for a late lunch after we were done visiting the Acropolis and the museum. This hotel is a little farther away from the Acropolis, so you can actually see more of it. It’s got a stunning view and the hotel/bar is very modern so it’s got a trendy vibe. They also hire a chef to make the dishes for lunch and dinner so everything is plated perfectly and tastes amazing.

Ragu

Cheese Ravioli

    • What we ordered:
      •  Entrees:
        • “Anthotyro” cheese ravioli with shrimps, orange, chili and lemon thyme (17€)
        • Pappardelle ragu, fresh oregano and “volaki” cheese from Andros (15€)
          • This ragu was our favorite dish out of the two! It was mouth watering good!

  • Arcadia
    • This place was located near the Acropolis museum so I would suggest maybe grabbing some lunch here after you’re done site seeing at the Acropolis and museum. We ate outside which was perfect for people watching (lol).

Bread with Tapenade

Zucchini Fritters

Stuffed cabbage leaves

Rooster/Chicken in tomato & wince sauce

Baklava

    • What we ordered:
    • What we ordered:
      • Appetizer: Bread, Olive Oil & Tapenade and the Zucchini Fritters (5,60€)
      • Entrees: Lachanodolmades (stuffed cabbage leaves – 10€) & Rooster in tomato & wince sauce (12,50€)
        • The stuffed cabbage leaves were okay but Taylor’s dish was better. I wish I had ordered their Moussaka because I heard it’s great.
      • Dessert: Baklava
        • How can you not order Baklava for dessert in Greece?! Happy to report that it was really good.

  • Quick Pitta
    • We came here on our last night in Athens at the end of our trip because we were just really craving some more gyro wraps. We ordered three gyro wraps and each one had a different meat. This was a great spot to grab some gyros and the prices were really cheap! But our favorite gyro we had on our trip was in Santorini (stay tuned for that post!).

(Chicken, doner (beef) & pork gyro wraps)

    • What we ordered:
      • Doner (beef – 2,60€), chicken (2,90€) & pork gyro wraps (2,80€)
        • The chicken was by far both of our favorites.

Where to Stay/Transportation

 

  • The Zillers Athens Boutique Hotel
    • This was the hotel we stayed at when we first got to Athens (for two nights). It was our favorite out of the two that we stayed in while we were there. It’s a smaller (hence the boutique) hotel but that means that the staff is more personable with every guest. It was so clean and chic and we had a view of the Acropolis from our room which also had a little balcony! I would definitely stay here again. Every staff member we came across was so friendly and helpful – they were always happy to give us restaurant recommendations or plan our transportation to and from the airport! One other thing to note is that the elevators in all of these hotels in Athens are really small…like can only fit 3 people plus there luggage small, so just be weary if you’re claustrophobic because you can always take the stairs instead. They offer breakfast every morning on the rooftop bar which is only open to hotel guests. Unfortunately we were never able to eat the full breakfast they offered because we always had somewhere to be before they opened, but they were nice enough to pack us a little breakfast to-go box the morning we left early to go to the airport and it was really tasty!

  • Plaka Hotel
    • We stayed here at the end of our trip for one night. While it wasn’t as nice and modern as the Zillers, it had a great location! It was located more towards the center of town and closer to the acropolis. But my favorite part about this hotel is their rooftop bar. The view of the Acropolis is stunning! You weren’t right up under it, but you were the right amount of distance away to see everything. On our last night here Taylor and I ordered some drinks and cuddled up in one of their love seats and just took in the view. They also provided blankets for guests to use since it was a bit chilly due to the wind, which I thought was so sweet! I was able to have their breakfast before we headed to the airport and it was good, but nothing spectacular. I would recommend this hotel but mainly for the location and the view of the acropolis from the roof!
  • Transportation
    • The Ziller Hotel emailed us in advance to ask us if we wanted to book a private transfer from the airport to the hotel, which we used. It did cost us a little more so if you don’t want to do that you can definitely take a taxi. The second time we flew into Athens (on the end of our trip) we used the metro/subway to get from the airport to the hotel. Our hotel emailed us about which line to take and what stop to get off so it wasn’t hard at all. The subway was really clean and smooth compared to the subways I’ve taken in NYC. Other than getting from the hotel to the airport and vice versa, you can walk pretty much everywhere.

I hope that wasn’t too long of a post and that you were able to get some good recommendations and tips for planning your trip to Athens! 🙂

 

Hi! I'm Kenzie! I'm a Target regular. Travel enthusiast. Margarita drinker. And a sale shopper. Welcome to my fashion & lifestyle blog!

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