Head to Centre of town, say Syntagma.
Acropolis : There is a nice old building called the Parthenon on an old hill called the acropolis : you will have heard of it.
Slightly down the north side of the Acropolis is the flea market which is worth a visit also.
I would also recommend visiting the National Gardens ( near Syntagma Square )and the National Museum.
For me, though, the best part of athens is wandering from small square to small square at random, as this way you start to feel the pulse of the city.
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I guess I should have mentioned that I’m an architect (and therefore totally interested in the architecture)…
but I guess I was curious to see what people who don’t plan their entire trips around visiting buildings would consider must-sees!
Thanks for the info!
I second what Sam Swanson said. National Museum is a good stop, and just wandering around. Wander through the plaka (sp?), the old part of town; it’s the most touristy but it’s also pretty nice and you get little surprise views of the parthenon. And yes, the parthenon is worth seeing. Enjoy!
You will easily be able to see most of the major attractions in Athens in 2 days.
Definitely go and wander around the Plaka and Parthenon as suggested above. The Roman Agora can also be found in this area and is a great place to chill out.
However, if you do get the time, then it would definitely be worth taking a trip to Delphi (home of the Oracle) for the day. It takes a full day to travel there and back by coach, but if you get a good guide then the journey will fly past and the site is absolutely amazing. It was definitely the highlight of my stay in Athens.
In Crete – the Samaria Gorge is Amazing! It is Europes largest gorge and pretty much all down-hill. Once you reach the end you can jump right into crystal clear waters for a swim, have a nice greek salad or meal at one of the cafes on the water and then hop on a boat back to whatever city you are staying in – highly recommended! Also, go to some of the smaller towns on the southwestern side of Crete – not so touristy and very tranquil. Enjoy!
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My BF’s dad lives in Chania, so we are definitely visiting the Gorge! Actually, one of the reasons we’re not going over Christmas is that the gorge is closed then. Well, that and I need a vacay ASAP!
Thanks for the recommendation.
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