The essentials of a 2-day trip to Athens
2-Days in Athens – Day 1
- walking shoes
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1. A nice walk through Athens history
2. Break for a Greek coffee at Thission
That can be followed by a visit to the new museum of the Acropolis, an impressive new space that opened its doors in 2009 and welcomes over 1 million people each year. I suggest taking your time to stroll through the galleries and read more about the history of the area. Getting to the top floor is always an emotional experience, whether you are Greek or not.
Time for Lunch
It will be hard not to find a place that strikes your fancy in the general area. Whether you go by eyes or nose, there are countless eating options around.
For winter visitors, To Perivoli Tou Ouranou (The Garden of the Sky) is only a 5 walk from the Acropolis Museum. An interesting spot that is part restaurant part entertainment venue; you can enjoy traditional dishes while listening to rebetiko artists. If that name doesn’t seem familiar then the mention of bouzouki surely will.
This is a short 10 minute documentary by UNESCO that explains the origins of rebetiko and the links to the urban working class.
Worth the watch!
If you are there outside the Oct-April period that the venue is open, then you can try a tavern by the name “O Zisis – Fish in The Cone“. Whether you are looking for a quick snack of seafood, to go or a sit-down meal at reasonable prices, we always enjoy our meal here. It is a great alternative to the gyros or souvlaki with pita meals and a haven for pescetarians. One thing we always order? The incredible lentil salad and horta. What is the latter? Local steamed wild greens with lemon and extra virgin olive oil!
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4. Athenian nightlife
Day 2 – Athens Itinerary
One of the first things you are probably going to think about every morning, is breakfast. Greek breakfasts can be incredibly healthy or not depending on the type of person you are. Both kinds, however, satisfy the taste buds!
The countless bakeries you are sure to run in to offer a range of doughy, savory smelling options, like the classic spinach and feta pie, or mushroom and local greens pies. The storefronts are also sure to be replete with freshly made sandwiches if you prefer something equally easy to go.
For the rest, Greek yogurt topped with honey and nuts, omelettes with fresh tomato and basil, and a cup of Greek coffee may be the way to go.
1. Museum of Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos at Plaka
2. Fresh fish at Piraeus Port
3. Park stroll at Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center
Athens is, of course, impossible to take in within a few days, weeks or even months.
The city is constantly growing, moving, spreading and creating and it remains one of my absolute favourites to visit and explore.
But if time is limited then do dedicate 2 days to visiting Athens, you won’t be disappointed!
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