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'm planning a solo trip to Athens, Greece, and would love to get some travel advice from those who have been there before. I'll be traveling next month and am particularly interested in tips for solo travelers. What are some must-see historical sites and hidden gems I shouldn't miss? Any recommendations for budget-friendly accommodations that are safe and centrally located? I'd also love suggestions for local eateries where I can try authentic Greek food.

Additionally, are there any cultural norms or safety tips I should be aware of? I’m excited to explore the city's vibrant culture, but as a solo traveler, I want to make sure I’m well-prepared.

Lastly, if anyone has tips on navigating the public transportation system or insights on day trips from Athens, that would be incredibly helpful.

Unique Photo Spots in Athens?

I will be traveling to Athens this year in the spring. What are some great photo spots throughout the city? Aside from what inspires me?

I have a bad habit of forgetting to take pics while away and I come back from the vacation with a random collection. This time, I want to do some advanced planning. Some of my ideas:

- Parthenon/ Acropolis - A shot with people and the Parthenon in the background
- Food photos - plenty of shots with people - and table shots - and of myself - eating the delicious food
- Monastiraki - This place is full of life - there could be some great candid shots

Do you guys have any ideas?

Interesting Museums I Like in Athens

Athens is rich with museums but there are a few I keep visiting when I get the chance. I always learn something new! My favorite is the museum at the Acropolis, which has a lot of information and artifacts from the area. Here's my list:
  1. The Acropolis Museum: Dominating this list is The Acropolis Museum, built to house every artifact found on the sacred rock of the Acropolis, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. A splendid blend of modern and ancient architecture, it holds an incredible array of sculptures and artifacts, including the Caryatids and the Parthenon Frieze.
  2. The National Archaeological Museum: As the largest museum in Greece, this is a treasure trove for history enthusiasts. It boasts an extensive collection of artifacts from ancient Greece, spanning several millennia—pottery, jewelry, sculptures, and the Mask of Agamemnon.
  3. Benaki Museum: Representing various periods throughout Greek history, the Benaki Museum is a private foundation, nestled in the heart of downtown Athens. It offers a comprehensive view of Greek culture from its prehistoric times to the 20th century, with an emphasis on art and everyday objects.
  4. Museum of Cycladic Art: A unique gem in Athens, this museum is home to an exceptional collection of Cycladic art, mostly dating from the Bronze Age. These prehistoric sculptures, with their distinct minimalist aesthetics, are a fascinating window into the ancient Aegean world.
What museums do you like to visit in Athens?

Visiting Mount Lycabettus Question

I have never been to Mount Lycabettus, although I've been to Athens a handful of times - it just never came up to go here.

Here are some questions I have:

A few specific questions I have include:
  • What's the best time of day to visit Mount Lycabettus? Is it good at sunset?
  • Are there any hiking trails that you'd recommend?
  • How difficult is the trek up the hill? Is it suitable for beginners or those not used to hiking?
  • Is the funicular railway worth the ride, or is it better to walk?
  • Are there any facilities (like cafes or restrooms) available at the top or along the way?
  • Do you have any safety tips or things to watch out for?
Thanks in advance!

What to See as a First Time Visitor to Athens?

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:
  • The Acropolis and Parthenon
  • The Ancient Agora
  • The National Archaeological Museum
  • 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.

Ancient Eleusis Archaeological Site

I have been to Athens several times, and I didn't know this place existed. Ithas caught my interest due to its rich mythology and pivotal role in ancient Greek religious life.

I understand that Eleusis was a significant center for religious practices, most notably the Eleusinian Mysteries—secret ceremonies held in honor of Demeter and Persephone. However, my knowledge barely scratches the surface, and I’m eager to learn more before my visit.

Has anyone visited it? I don't know much about it and I am trying to figure out if it is worth it. I love Ancient Greek history and mythology and this has the potential to be interesting to me on a lot of different levels.
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