Visit Athens and witness the rough, artistic city with antique marble buildings spread everywhere, and a culture inspired by an equal mix of history and modernism, Athens is a perfect gateway for the travel enthusiast. You can get some great flight deals for Athens on CheapFareGuru. Book your flight tickets and remember this travel guide for an amazing weekend in Athens.
Friday upon Arrival
Buy an air ticket to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, and once there check in a hotel either in or near Plaka area, which is a beautiful feel village in the heart of the city.
Post check-in, head out to visit the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, once through have a laid-back lunch at one of many taverns located on the beach.
After this, may your way to The Acropolis of Athens, an ancient fortress that has remains of prominent ancient buildings such as Parthenon.
Early into the night, walk down to Kydathineon Street and have ouzo in any of the cafes. Later, dine at Byzantino which has some good food. If you are visiting in winters, go eat in the cozy tavern – Saita, across the small churchyard. If you plan on dancing the night of, there are many places buzzing with life 24*7, ask for the nearest one from the concierge.
Saturday Morning till Afternoon
Because you just have a day here, you need to make a tough choice between three options:
Option 1: If visiting Greece for the first time, take the One-Day Saronic Cruise in the morning through the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. You could walk around the island, view archeological sites, take a swim, and have a delicious lunch.
Option 2: You can take a trip to Delphi or Nafplio. Explore the ancient culture, view classical Greek world, hilltop museums and ruins, etc. You can even stop for a swim on the way.
Option 3: If you feel like staying in the city, roam around to see the museums and archaeological sites such as Ancient and Roman Agora, the Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos, the Temple of Olympia Zeus, or the National Gardens.
You can choose to spend a quiet night at one of the restaurants in Plaka. If you want a peppy evening, with people drunk and dancing the night of head to Psiri, listen to live music, old rembetika, and laika.
Watch the Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square, and shop at the Monastiraki Flea Market for antiques, vintage clothes, and collectables. Sunday is busy day at Athens and the roads and cafes are swarming with people.
Alternatively, you can drive to the beach and lunch at one of the local taverns. If you have some time in hand, visit the any one of the many museums, galleries, and archaeological sites.
Sunday afternoon is bustling with people. Watch the parade of serenading musicians on Sunday and reward them with small money. Choose to hang out in Monastiraki at Adrianou Street.
Alternatively, you could go to the beach, Sounion, the Attika Zoological Park, or feast on amazing roast lamb, pork, goat or beef in Psistarias of Vari and take a tour of the Megapanos Winery or hike on Lycavettos.
If you are in Athens for the Sunday evening, you should grab tickets for a film playing at Cine Paris outdoor cinema on Kydathineon Street, Plaka. If not, then you can just spend a quiet nightfall by the beach, drink some wine, and reflect on the amazing Athens weekend.