Athens, Greece in One Day
I’ve mentioned in the previous post my best friend came to stay with me for a grand three-week adventure all over Europe! Her top priority when planning this trip was to go to Greece. Somehow, I got super lucky and stumbled upon a fantastic flight deal. The deal wasn’t so much with the prices as the timing of everything. Our main destination was Mykonos, Greece, however, this flight had a 19-hour layover in Athens! It was perfect!
Our short stay in Athens would not have been as amazing if it hadn’t been for our amazing Airbnb host Manos! He was such a sweet man who went above and beyond! He picked us up from the airport and showed us some good places to get food around the apartment. He made us feel so welcomed even with his lack of English.
After dropping our bags off and getting some MUCH needed food we set out! It was a sweltering 96 degrees and boy did we feel it as we climbed up to the Acropolis.
The Acropolis is a huge monumental complex that is the largest and most complete ancient Greek structure still standing today. The complex sits on a large hill that arises in the center of Athens and holds 21 archeological remains.
The structures we loved where the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus.
The Acropolis is Athens main “attraction” and is a must even if you are there for just one day. It was pricey to get in at about 20 Euros per person but well worth it. The views up there are wonderful!
Next, we walked over to the Panathenaic Stadium which is another one of Athens main historic attractions.
The Panathenaic Stadium is made completely out of marble and was were the first ever modern Olympic games were held in 1896. It cost 5 euro to get in and includes an audio tour which was really good. You can also go into the tunnel where the athletes changed and waited before entering the stadium. It gave me goosebumps! If you continue on through the tunnel there is another surprise waiting for you. A nearly complete collection of all the Olympic torches! A must see!
This stadium is also the finishing point for the annual Athens marathon. I’ve added that marathon on my bucket list before we move back stateside. How unreal would it be to finish a marathon at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens Greece!
With our day winding to an end as late afternoon set in we walked over to Plaka. Plaka is a cute historic neighborhood nestled in the slopes of the Acropolis. It is known as the Neighborhood of the Gods due to its close proximity to the Acropolis. Plaka is my last MUST for a day in Athens.
Restaurants and shops line the pedestrian-only streets and the locals are so friendly you feel right at home.
Before arriving in Greece the only thing I knew I liked in regards to Greek food was feta cheese. Daniel found us this restaurant tucked away in Plaka and it was my favorite meal in all of our time in Greece. The wait staff was kind and so welcoming.
They offered a long list of traditional Greek foods and drinks. I’m a picky eater by our waiter encouraged us to try some new things and ugh it was so good! We had a Greek salad, zucchini cakes, spicy meatballs, taziki, and a traditional orange cake.
I recommend it all! There are tons of tourist trap restaurants in Plaka but this one is not one of them! Definitely put this restaurant on your list for your visit!
With full bellies and happy hearts we turned in early as we had to be up at 3:00 am to begin our next leg of our Greek adventure. Stay tuned for my post about Mykonos!