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I’m planning a trip to Athens and I want to make sure I get to experience the most iconic and touristy areas the city has to offer. While I’m all for off-the-beaten-path adventures, I also believe that some places are popular for good reasons, and I’d hate to miss out on those.

Could anyone share their recommendations for must-visit tourist spots in Athens? I’ve heard the Acropolis is a no-brainer, but I’m curious about other places as well. Also, if there are any tips for navigating these areas (best times to visit, ticket hacks, etc.), I’d greatly appreciate it!
 
Plaka - the tourist shops and restaurants down the winding streets.
Anafiotika - close to Plaka and right next to the Acropolis with its tiny streets and island-like houses
Monastiraki - antique market is worth a visit, you might be able to pick up something unique to bring back home
Psirri - lots of interesting restaurants and shops - if you like ice cream and/or cakes, try Nancy's Sweet Home right on the main square
National Archaeological Museum in Exarcheia
Acropolis Museum
Get a ticket that covers the Parthenon and the other historical sights in Athens such as Roman Agora, Greek Agora, Temple of Olympian Zeus (my personal favourite)
Lykavitos - walk up it, don't take the funicular which doesn't give you a great view on the way up. If you don't want to walk too much, take a taxi as far as it will go then walk the last part - take lots of water with you
Syntagma - the unknown soldier and the changing of the guards
Filopappou hill - beautiful walk where you can see Socrates' Prison and the Pnyx (birthplace of democracy)

I'm sure there's lots more I've missed here but I think I have covered the major tourist attractions and maybe even some of the less popular ones.
Enjoy!
 
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Vangelis, that was a great post thank you! For those of us visiting Athens this year this is super helpful. I've been to some of these places, but not Anafiotika and Psirri. Great insider tips!

I don't have anything to add, you were so thorough.

In general, I have loved Monastiraki - it's always a must-visit for me.
 

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I'm planning my very first trip to Athens, Greece, and I'm super excited! I've heard so many amazing things about this historic city, but I want to make sure I don't miss out on any must-see spots or hidden gems.

For those of you who have been to Athens before, what are the key things I absolutely need to visit? Here are a few things I've heard about:
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  • The Ancient Agora
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  • Plaka neighborhood
I'd love your recommendations on these places or any other sites, restaurants, or activities that you think are worth checking out. Also, any tips on the best times to visit certain spots or how to avoid the crowds would be incredibly helpful.

Thanks in advance for your advice! Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

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I have to go to Athens for a business trip and I won't have time to tour around Greece. I'll only be there maybe 5 nights. I want to go to the beach, though, since it's summer!

I would love some recommendations on the best beaches to visit. I'm looking for a mix of beautiful scenery, good amenities, and perhaps a few spots that are less crowded. Here are a few specifics I'm considering:

1. Family-friendly beaches: Any spots that are particularly good for families with kids?

2. Secluded beaches: Are there any hidden gems where I can avoid the crowds?

3. Water sports: I'm interested in trying some water sports, so suggestions for beaches where these are available would be great.

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