Athens on a Budget

5+1 Things to do, not a single euro needed.

Even if it is a hot Summer in Greece or a cold Winter these options are always free for you to do.


1. Take a walk or Enjoy a variety of free activities in Stavros Niarchos Foundation cultural center. It is located 4.5 km south of the center of Athens, on the edge of Faliro bay and is designed as multifunctional art, education and entertainment complex

What will you see? The Stavros Niarchos Park offers to its visitor’s many surprises, except for an amazing scenic and park with a wide range of trees, plants water fountains, paths and playgrounds, in Snfcc you can also see the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera

If you arrive at the park from the streets of Kallithea to the north you will be greeted with the sound and the movement of water jets, you can rest at the specially designed seating areas or explore the nearby circular labyrinth.

Visit the National Library of Greece with over 4,500 manuscript codices from the 9th to the 19th century and a rich variety of important historical documents and archives, the nearly 24,000 m2 building combines traditional with technological innovation, conservation with information and communication.

Have a quick glance at the new home of the Greek National Opera, the new 28k m2 architectural jewel, designed to enhance the opera experience for patrons and artists alike. The building is a multi-use venue capable of hosting a variety of performances and events, its stages will accommodate opera productions, musicals, theater performances and concerts

Address: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, 364 Syggrou Avenue, 176 74 Kallithea

2. Since we begun south, let’s continue there. Next stop Flisvos marina, the mega-yacht destination in Greece. Few km away from Snfcc this beautiful marina is the perfect way to escape the buzz of the city and enjoy the sea and the surroundings, full of restaurants and shops, this marina is ideal for your night walk. See and experience a different side of Athens on a quiet night staring the stars or strolling around in its beautiful routes

Address: Lamda  Flisvos Marina, Paleo Faliro 17561

3. Hit the beach, it might not come with an infinity pool or sezlongs but Athens has some pretty great beaches to enjoy. You can grab a beer from the many small shops nearby relax, swim and enjoy the view. Catch a spot by the sea and chill in the sun or at night with a unique scenic. There are many beaches that you could explore starting from Agios Kosmas till the most southern part of Athens Vouliagmeni, Lagonisi. Everything depends on how many days you will spend at the city  and of course what you will want to see and your priorities

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4. Let’s go to the city center, enjoy a sunset on the top of Lycabettus hill 277 meters above the city. Except for the incredible view, you will see the chapel of Agios Georgios(St. George) which dates back to 1780 and the open-air amphitheater, the Lycabettus Theatre, which has played host to many international music talents.
On your road down to the city do not forget to enjoy the shady trails and paths if you didn’t have the time to do it before. How you will get to Lycabettus Hill? Either on foot or you can get the funicular from Aristippou and Ploutarchou, it opens daily at 8am – 3pm
5. A breath away from Syntagma square is the National Garden of Athens. It is the first organized area of decorative green in a refreshing setting of towering palm trees, pines and cypresses. Its formation began in 1839-1840 with the planting of 15.000 ornamental plants, transported from European and North African countries. The visitor can admire hundreds of species of trees, shrubs, lakes, little bridges and archaeological remains.
Address: Enter the grounds next to the Parliament building on Leof Vas Amalias 1, 105 57 Athens
6. One of the best places in Athens from which to view the Acropolis, known as the Hill of Muses with a breathtaking view; in wartime generals were gathered to the top because of its sweeping views out to sea. Nowadays it attracts joggers and local dog-walkers, as well as couples, group of picnickers and tourists.
Take a while to wander along to this beautiful and peaceful area, full of paths, trails shaded by trees and shrubs, stone benches for you to rest and admire the panoramas across to the sea. On your way down the hill do not forget to check the Athens National Observatory, Greece’s oldest functioning research centre created in 1842, on the hill of the Nymphs, selected as the place to build the Observatory, is one of the seven hills of Athens. It is also next to the Pnyka hill where one of the early observatories of the 5th century was located.
The National Observatory of Athens facing the Parthenon is one of the landmarks of Athens, you should definitely go and check it, it has been used by Greek and foreign Astronomers with more than 170 years course of history.

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