I’m sorry to say that there is so much to see and do in Athens and it’s quite impossible to do everything in a day but with a little determination and a good schedule you can at least get a quick glance of what this city has to offer.
But before we begin what will you need for the Day?
- Positive mood, because either you visit Greece in the summer (it will be kind of hot all day outside) or in the crazy weather of winter, you will need it.
- Be prepared to walk a lot, so comfortable shoes is a must.
- Last but not least, a bottle of water and your camera to snap in pictures for your way back.
I guess now it’s time to eat something, right? It is been a long way to the top and coming down, so I suggest you grab something to taste the Mediterranean cuisine at the well known district of Plaka, the oldest section of Athens. Plaka is surrounded by neoclassical mansions, houses, small winding roads and pedestrian streets. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from to feed your hunger and be satisfied with the scene and the view.
In the summer you can even dine in the wonderful rooftops of Plaka and be able to see a great view over Athens, Acropolis and the surroundings.
Since you ate your meal and you are ready to go, start walking again towards Monastiraki area. You will pass the flea market, maybe even purchase something to remind you of your trip – some people like to have a souvenir from places they visit.
While you are strolling around, it might be a good idea to see the Tomb of the Unknown soldier (if you haven’t done so already) but before you reach that checkpoint, on your way up going through Ermou street you will see Kapnikarea.
Kapnikarea is a beautiful small church from the 11th-century in the heart of Athens and it is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was built over the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to a goddess.
But have you had enough food or not? If you haven’t done so yet and there is a small space in your belly for something more, then it is time to kick in a great Greek Σουβλακι/Souvlaki.
Nearby Kapnikarea is one of the best Souvlaki places in Athens, called Κώστας/Kostas. Go on and try one. Trust me, you won’t regret it – be sure to go before 18:00. He gets closed afterwards.
You reached Syntagma square and the sun goes down. It is time to check the Tomb of the Uknown soldier. Every hour there are ceremonial guards called Evzones which perform their march up to the tomb. So after seeing them, take a few steps and you will arrive at the entrance of the National Gardens. You should absolutely have a walk inside and take a photo or two of this amazing place.