The Acropolis. This has been the heart of
Athensfrom antiquity and remains so today. The Parthenon, a massive marble temple in the center of Acropolis, is visible from almost everywhere in the city. The Acropolis actually has more than this and is a whole complex well worth exploring in detail.
Plaka. To get a sense of the modern city, visit the Plaka district. Full of souvenir shops, small cafes, restaurants and other local attractions, this is where you should go to get a feel of modern
Athensand its people.
Psirri. This district has been fully renovated since the 2004 Olympics and is now the
centerof the Athensnightlife. If you want to find a party, head on down. The Gazi district is also happening, but is more popular with the gay scene.
Anafiotika District. To get a feel for the real city and escape the tourists in Plaka, visit this district. A maze of tiny, winding streets and alleys, this is more like the real
Athensand is very picturesque.
National Archaeological Museum. This is an absolute must for those interested in Greek history and features the largest collection of ancient Greek artifacts anywhere. These come from all over Greece, not just
The Agora. Outside of, and below, the Acropolis, this was the marketplace of ancient
Athens. Some of the ancient buildings still stand and some of the newer additions are quite notable in their own right.
Delphi. Along the same theme of ancient Greece, you can take a day trip from
Athensto visit the ruins at Delphi, home of the famous Oracle. The organized tours are expensive, so consider just renting a car and going on your own.