Athens was the start of my bucket list Greek adventure!
I’m really glad we put Athens on our list. A lot of people said to skip it, but most flights go through Athens, so it felt like the right idea. There is also so much history there, and that’s where it all began, so it felt wrong to miss it! The food was amazing, the views incredible, the history and sites worthwhile and the general vibe was everything!
We stayed at the Cypria hotel, which is in Syntagma off one of the main streets. It’s really close to the Syntagma square metro station and surrounded by shops and restaurants. It has a great roof top view of the Acropolis as well!
*Top tip: Before you travel, get exact walking directions from the metro to your hotel. Draw a map if you have to! Yes you can download google maps offline but I’m a bit challenged in that area, and prefer non-technology in this case. I should’ve looked the walking directions up and then screenshot or written them in my phone so we didn’t waste time trawling the roads because the names weren’t all that clear!
We were there for two nights and three days. It felt enough to be honest. We saw everything we wanted to and got a taste of Athens in that time. Most people had said one day would be enough but I was happy with what we did! Sure there are other amazing historical sites outside of Athens but I really didn’t want to spend a day travelling outside the city centre and I don’t feel like I missed out at all.
The food was amazing! I can’t get enough gyros to be honest and we had one a day. Great size, great taste and great value for money. We always tried to go to smaller places where it felt more authentic. We actually got caught in the rain one day and ended up ducking into a little place to get out of the rain! Well, best find ever! It was by far the best one we had in all of Greece! We were still talking about it when we were in Santorini!
Can we talk about the police? I am sorry but everywhere we went they were all cute!! I mean, bit awks telling your husband every time we saw them but it was more out of shock. “Look, another one!” Like I don’t think I saw one unattractive cop and I saw about 15 in total! They also love a photo if you couldn’t tell.
So going to the Acropolis I highly recommend going as early in the morning as you can! Most tourists only rise around 9/10am so if you can get there early then you can beat the crowds and get your pics! We went around 11am I think and there were already tons of people. So imagine later! You can also do late afternoon for Sunset but I didn’t know if that would be worse.
There is just SO much history here and reading the dates on the different sites really is mind blowing. I didn’t do history at school but I imagine those of you who did, would be loving this even more than the rest of us!
All in all I give Athens a big thumbs up!
I highly recommend at least a night or two here. Try stay near where we did so you can walk around to the Acropolis and the metro the next morning at sunrise like we had to! I always like to be closer to the metro for luggage, and walk further to sites and restaurants etc.
Have you been to Athens? Is it on your list? Let me know!
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