Athens is a city full of wonders and with a compact city center and a warm but pleasant weather in the fall, it is the perfect place to walk around, taking in the history and exploring its neighbourhoods! Read on for three must-do walks that will take you all over Athens’ heart:
Explore the heart of History: Acropolis and Ancient Agora
This is a classic, and for good reason: the Acropolis and ancient Agora, is a magnificent walk you can take at your own pace, admiring the timeless architecture and strolling where philosophers taught and democracy was born. The temple of Hephestus, perfectly preserved among pine and olive trees, is an added bonus!
Discover the old and new Athens: Monastiraki and Psyri
In the north of the Acropolis archaeological park, Monastiraki and Psyri is Athens’ commercial and entertainment center. Wander around its small streets and browse through a mix of hip boutiques, traditional crafts people’s shops and antiques. And if you get thirsty or hungry, traditional taverns and contemporary cafes that serve anything from souvlaki to organic vegan dishes are right there, every few steps!
Indulge in museums, shopping and bird’s eye views: Kolonaki and Lycabettus
Start at Vassilissis Sofias street, where lots of museums await: the Byzantine and Christian museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Military museum, and a host of others are right there! Then, walk up Kolonaki, the upmarket neighborhood of Athens, filled with beautiful architecture, designer boutiques and gourmet cafes and restaurants. Finally, go up Lycabettus, using the funicular to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city as the sun sets!