Top 5 things to do in Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece is one of the oldest and most historic places on the planet. Athens is one of the few places on earth where you can soak up rich ancient history from the moment you arrive. Athens is a city of extremes with it’s stone and marble ruins surrounded by modern steel and glass. Whatever your fancy, you are guaranteed to find the best of both worlds in Athens. Continuing our journey of excellent European destinations here is your guide to the top 5 things to do in Athens.

The Acropolis
This is the biggest attraction in Athens bar none. It’s visible from even the smallest corners of Athens and is illuminated all night long. It towers above the historic city of Athens and is crowned by the world renowned Parthenon. Every inch of the Acropolis was hand-made from solid marble. The paths leading up to the site are stone paved and lead you a world away to be surrounded by amazing towering white columns.

Delphi Ruins
Athens is home to an array of awe-inspiring monuments and ruins that make up the majority of the attractions in Athens. In their prime, the Delphi Ruins site was so famous that it was considered to be the center of the universe. It had a huge impact on life, spirituality and trade due to the importance of the site. It was the location of Athens’ famous Oracle where ancient Greece came to discuss their biggest questions for kings and countries. The importance of these ruins and the absolute beauty of the landscape make this one of the best things to do in Athens.

Ruins of Agora
The beautiful weather in Athens provides the perfect opportunity to experience the Ruins of Agora. It is one of the top attractions in Athens and is a must-see for every backpacker. The ruins are located in the northwestern corner of the Acropolis base and can actually be seen on the way to the Acropolis. During the summer months the weather in Athens will give you the perfect opportunity to see every inch of the ancient and column-rich Agora site.

The Melissani Cave
This is one of the most fun things to do in Athens. To access the world famous cave you need to travel by gondolier. The Melissani Cave was first discovered in 1951 when it was completely enclosed by solid rock. After many excavations and oceanic wear and tear, the roof of the inner cave started to collapse. What would usually be considered a disastrous event, the collapsed roof opened the cave to allow beautiful natural light to flood in. The entire cave is now visible and is a beautiful place to behold.

Odeum of Herodes Atticus
The Odeum of Herodes Atticus is a second-century theater that was built into an Athens hillside. Once a year, Athens throws a festival giving its visitors the opportunity to enjoy this incredible theater. The Odeum will often be crowded during these celebrations, but it’s well worth the time and effort to experience the drama and presence that the Odeum delivers.

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