Athens is a crumbling ancient city packed full of antiquity and culture. Perfect for backpackers wanting to visit not only the Greek capital, but the birthplace of Western civilisation. The 3,400 year old city is a fascinating place to explore on holiday. Most backpackers come in search of the Ancient World and those who do won’t be disappointed.
Greece is an affordable European country to explore on holiday. Athens also has a wonderful range of cheap hostels and low cost hotels available to suit all budgets. You can book your accommodation here and learn more about this remarkable city.
Athens: 6 Things To Do
1) The Parthenon
Situated on seven historical hills, Athens has a spectacular blend of ancient, historic and contemporary buildings. Acropolis means ‘high city’ in Greek and the most famous acropolis is in the city of Athens. It’s home to one of the most famous buildings in Western civilisation: the Parthenon.
This ancient temple was built for the goddess Athena. Decorated with beautiful stone sculptures, travellers from all over the world come to see the Parthenon.
Falling into ruins after being used as a munitions depot during the Turkish occupation of Greece. In 1687, during a battle with the Venetians, an explosion tore through the Parthenon creating the ruinous spectacle you see today.
2) New Acropolis Museum
Anyone who wants to learn more about the ancient history of the Parthenon should check out the New Acropolis Museum. Costing €130 million and sitting near the base of the Acropolis with a stunning view of the Parthenon, it’s one of the highest-profile cultural projects undertaken in Europe this century. The designer museum aims to enlighten visitors to Greece about pre-historic times to the late Antiquity period.
3) Ancient Agora
Located to the north-west of the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora was the heart of classical Athens, the heartbeat of political, commercial and social activity. Here the intellectual giants of Socrates and Plato exercised their wisdom in a contemporary setting and among the site’s extensive excavations you’ll find temples, churches and windswept Doric columns.
4) Mount Lycabettus
Mount Lycabettus is the highest mountain peak in Athens and offers spectacular views of the city. It’s one of the best ways to spend a morning or late afternoon in Athens. Overlooking the Greek capital from 277 metres, the mountain is one of Greece’s most romantic landscapes with beautiful images filling the eyes of every visitor.
5) Open-air cinema
After a long day exploring tourist sites, you can wind down Athens style at the outdoor cinema. With more than 90 outdoor screens available during the summer months, the open-air cinema is an integral part of Athens’ cultural life. Visitors who want to check out listings in advance should check here for the best in world cinema.
Plaka is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Athens and can be found underneath the Acropolis towards the Syntagma district. This authentic Greek village is the perfect way to experience authentic Greek cuisine. Serving locally sourced dishes and wine to guests around the world, there is no better way to sign off a day sightseeing in Greece than eating out in Plaka.
Always a spectacular place to visit as a backpacker, the crumbling Greek capital is a place you’ll never forget. Book your holiday in Athens today and learn more about the Ancient World in style.