Athens is city of ancient wonders and yummy delights! Here is the must-do list…

Downtown Athens is home to the Acropolis, which is a sight of ancient Greek ruins. The surrounding neighborhood under this little mountain is a picturesque place to eat, sip coffee and take in all the beautiful Greek culture. You’ll be constantly walking up steps or even dining on them.  There are windows and tables filled with baklava (honey and nuts inside filo dough), spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese pie), gyros, and ellinikos kafes (greek coffee). This Greek dining experience is a must.

Mount Lycabettus is the highest point in Athens at over 900 feet tall. There is a railway that can be used to ascend the top and an amphitheater as it’s main attraction. The views from Mount Lycabettus are unbelievable. The terrain of this part of the world is mountainous and breathtaking and Mount Lycabettus provides the perfect view.

The harbor of Pirareus (within the Athens urban area) is one of the most beautiful and tourist friendly harbors in the world. The Mediterranean is warm and spectacular. Fishing boats float everywhere  and seafood spots line the water. Greek mussels, lobster pasta, and cuttlefish with spinach are common dishes all seasoned wonderfully and incredibly rich. Greek food is some of the best in the world (and my personal fave). At Pirareus harbor you’ll have some of the best food of your life.

The old neighborhood in Athens in known as Plaka. It’s a perfect representation of what you imagine when you think of Greece. Every window is filled with plants and flowers. Feral cats and dogs roam absolutely everywhere. Old women sweep white steps. And the sun always seems to shine. The houses are closely packed together and the narrows steps are tiring to navigate but the views are so beautiful it’s worth the exercise.

When a city contains one of the seven wonders of the world it’s pretty obvious that would be its #1 spot to visit. It’s a Greek classical temple built in 432 BC and is the symbol of ancient Greece. Throughout history it served as a temple to the Greek gods, a Christian church and an Islamic mosque. The architecture, pillars, and sculptures are glorious.  The Parthenon is a shining example of ancient history. And Athens’ best attraction

 

 

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