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Frequently Asked Questions
The must-see attractions in Athens are Acropolis of Athens, Athens International Airport, Plaka, Monastiraki and Zappio District
Perhaps an obvious recommendation, but no one should overlook the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Find a guide, in whatever form it takes, who can show you more of this ancient citadel than the Acropolis of the 5th century BC. As impressive as the Parthenon and Erechtheion are, there is more to the Acropolis than the Parthenon and Erechtheion.
Aside from the Acropolis and the other five well-known ancient sites, there are numerous ruins scattered throughout the city. One of my favorites is the one with a view of the Tower of the Winds. A doorway just beyond the Roman Agora was once the entrance to an Ottoman-era theological school, and then a prison. Today, very little of Ottoman Athens remains, with much of it deliberately destroyed, such as the mosque on the Acropolis. These small remnants add a lot to the story of Athens.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of visitors to Athens come to see the ancient sites. Three or four days will not only allow you to see most of these, but also a day trip to Delphi and/or an afternoon trip to Sounion to watch the sunset. However, I strongly advise adding a day or two to explore beyond Athens' historical center. Each neighborhood has its own personality: go to the Central Varvakios Market in Psirri or look for street art in Exarchia.
Athens is an excellent walking city. And if there's one thing that goes well with walking, it's street food. While walking around the city, my go-to foods are gyros and souvlaki. A gyros is a pita bread filled with rotisserie-cooked shaved meat. Souvlaki, on the other hand, is diced meat cooked on a hot plate on a stick. If you add a good tzatziki sauce to either, you have heaven in your hands. Vegetarian versions made with grilled cheese are equally delicious!
Walking around central Athens is simple. Here are all of the main attractions as well as numerous good hotels. There is a good metro system for those who want to stay a little further out. The metro serves both the airport and the port, whether you arrive by air or sea.
The beginning of May and the beginning of October are the most popular times of year for travelers. The city is getting ready for summer in May, and the Jacaranda trees are in bloom. The summer crowds have dispersed by October, and it is not too hot.
Because many of the historical attractions are located in the Monastiraki and Plaka neighborhoods, there are many restaurants serving traditional Greek cuisine for tourists. Psirri, in my opinion, is a better area that is not far from Athens' center. This neighborhood was introduced to me during an Athens food walking tour. Aside from the central market area, there are some excellent restaurants, bars, and cafes that are popular with both locals and visitors.