It is very difficult to explore Athens, one of the most ancient cities in the world, within only two days. As the capital city of Greece is the number one place to visit if you are seeking an insight into the Roman and Byzantine civilization. It has a plethora of archaeological sites that are well-maintained to this date. Here’s a list with things to do if you plan to stay only two days. Keep in mind that a lot of walking is required which will also give you the chance the explore hidden gems of the city.
Day 1 in Athens
Start your day in Athens as early as possible morning and visit The Acropolis. This is the prime attraction and becomes very busy, so the earlier you go the better. Also, if you are visiting Athens between July & August it might also be a bit cooler early in the morning. The Acropolis is a complex of many ancient ruins. Amongst all, the important attractions that are worth visiting include The Parthenon, Erechtheion, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and Temple of Athena Nike. If you are planning to visit all the previously mentioned attractions you will need at least 4 hours. If you need to choose one then walk up the Acropolis and visit the Parthenon and the Erectheion.
Walk down the pedestrian street and have a quick lunch at one of the fine restaurants in the city or make your way towards Museum of Acropolis – where before starting the tour you can go to the first floor and have lunch with spectacular views of the Acropolis. This museum has an extensive collection of 4,000 artefacts that belong to the Greek Bronze Age, the Roman Empire, and the Byzantine Empire. Depending on what type of museum visitor you are, you might need up to 3 hours to walk it through
As it should be 5pm by now you may want to go back to your hotel and get some rest before going out in one of the many different restaurants and bars in the city. Athens offers many options from extraordinaire dining experiences like Dinner in the Sky and Michelin star restaurants to nice little Taverns with exceptional Greek cuisine. Following your dinner choose one of the many bars to enjoy a cocktail before calling it a day.
Day 2 in Athens
This is going to be also a busy day in Athens. Walk early in the morning around the Plaka neighbourhood. Walking along the cobblestone paths of Plaka you will get a glimpse of the history and culture of Greece. Visit the Ancient Agora and the Monastiraki fleet market. Take a break in one of the coffee shops and enjoy a Greek coffee.
Walk towards Syntagma Square to see the change of the guards which is taking place in front of the Parliament every hour on the hour. If it happens to be in Athens on a Sunday reach it before 11:00 AM so that you can see the big ceremony which is happening only on that day at that time.
Enjoy a nice walk within the National Garden, the Zappeion and the Panathenaic Stadium where you can walk all the way to the top.
This Athens 2 days itinerary will allow you to not only visit the main archaeological sites but also walk and feel the city.