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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:
  • 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.
 
The Acropolis Museum and then walk around Filopapou Hill to see Socrates prison and the pnyx (birthplace of democracy).
 
Athens is a city rich in history and culture! Start with the iconic Acropolis and the Parthenon for breathtaking views and ancient architecture. The Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum offer incredible insights into Greek history. Stroll through the Plaka neighborhood for charming streets, local shops, and tavernas. Don't miss the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus. For a hidden gem, visit the Anafiotika area, a picturesque village-like neighborhood beneath the Acropolis. Lastly, catch the sunset from Lycabettus Hill for a stunning panoramic view of the city.
 

Greek Mythology Sites in Athens?

I am visiting Athens and want a feel for where to go that pertains to Greek mythology.Of course, the Acropolis is on my list, but I wish to explore other places related to gods, goddesses, heroes, and their legendary tales as well.

For those of you who have ventured on similar quests or possess knowledge about Greek mythology's physical footprints in Athens, could you recommend:
  1. Must-visit sites that are deeply connected to Greek mythology.
  2. Any lesser-known locations that offer a unique insight into the myths.
  3. Tips for making the most out of these visits (best time to go, how to avoid crowds, etc.).
  4. Any resources (books, guides, websites) that could help deepen my understanding of the myths associated with these sites.
I’m extremely excited about this trip and looking forward to your recommendations and insights! Thanks!

Family Activities in Athens

Our family is planning a trip to Athens next month, and we're looking for some advice on family-friendly activities and places to visit. We have two kids, ages 7 and 10, and we'd love to find things that are both fun and educational. Here are a few things we're considering:
  • Historical Sites: Obviously, we want to visit the Acropolis, but are there any kid-friendly tours or activities related to ancient history?
  • Museums: Are there any museums that cater specifically to children or offer interactive exhibits?
  • Parks and Outdoor Activities: We'd love to spend some time outdoors. Are there any parks, gardens, or nature reserves that are worth visiting?
  • Local Experiences: We're also interested in any local markets, festivals, or family-friendly restaurants that we shouldn't miss.
Any recommendations or tips would be greatly appreciated!

Best shopping in Athens?

I'm planning a trip to Athens and I'm a bit of a shopaholic. I want to make the most of my time there and experience the best shopping the city has to offer.

From what I've heard, Athens is a treasure trove of markets, boutiques, and shops - but I'd really appreciate some local or experienced insights.

Could anyone recommend:
  • The best areas for unique, local finds?
  • Any specific stores known for quality Greek goods?
  • Tips for navigating the markets?
I've only done historical things in Athens and visited friends. I have never taken the time to shop, but I will have plenty of time in Athens over the summer.

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 I love about visiting Athens

I am planning another trip to Greece and plan to go to Athens. I have been so many times! I thought I would share with you what I love about it.

  • The Acropolis: Standing majestically above the city, the Acropolis is an iconic symbol of ancient Greece. The Parthenon, Erechtheion, and Temple of Athena Nike are awe-inspiring examples of classical architecture.
  • Plaka District: Wandering through the narrow streets of Plaka feels like stepping back in time. This charming neighborhood is filled with neoclassical buildings, quaint cafes, and souvenir shops.
  • Sunset at Lycabettus Hill: Watching the sunset from Lycabettus Hill offers panoramic views of the city and the Aegean Sea. It's a magical experience, especially when accompanied by live music at the hilltop chapel.
  • Monastiraki Flea Market: Bargain hunting at Monastiraki Flea Market is a must-do in Athens. You can find everything from antiques and handmade crafts to clothing and jewelry.
  • Street Art in Exarchia: The Exarchia neighborhood is known for its vibrant street art scene. Exploring its graffiti-covered streets is like visiting an open-air art gallery filled with political statements and creative expressions.
To those of you who have been to Athens, what do you love about it? I am looking for ideas!

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