Posted on 13/06/2022

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Spend a weekend in Athens

Athens offers its visitors everything ranging from stunning beaches, the bustling big city charm, mouth watering cuisine, several shopping streets, museums, art exhibitions to its ancient history as well. No other city around the world mixes its ancient history with the contemporary like Athens does. It is the perfect destination for spending a nice weekend full of leisure and fun. Let us take a look at what one can do over a weekend in Athens.

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One of the most awe striking tourist attractions in Athens has to be the ancient citadel, the Acropolis. It is believed to be constructed back in the fifth century BC. Several other buildings dating back to the same time still stand tall in the city. It is a visual treat to witness the architecture up close. The most famous building of the fifth century BC is the Parthenon. 

Another attraction worthy of spending time at is the Acropolis Museum. It is situated right on the southern slope of the Acropolis Hill. History enthusiasts will love it as one can explore the ancient findings of the archeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. It is also a perfect way to begin your weekend trip to the city. Don't forget to try the restaurant at the museum as well. The restaurant is currently ranked amongst the Top 5 Museum Restaurants around the globe. 

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The historic district of Plaka

Once you are done admiring the Acropolis and having lunch at the museum restaurant, start walking down the hill and you will reach the hill-side historic district of Plaka. The neighbourhood is one of the oldest in all of Athens and one is bound to feel it in the air. The streets have a different feel to them. The neighbourhood is lined with small and medium family-run businesses.The tiny cobblestone streets have vendors selling everything from traditional clothing, trinkets, fancy jewellery to ceramics painted with traditional patterns.

One can also enjoy the several cafes and restaurants along these streets for a taste of local life. Trying the local cuisine is also highly recommended. Tourists also have an incredible opportunity to get a panoramic view of the entire city by climbing up the Lycabettus Hill. 

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Go shopping on Ermou Street

Ermou Street is the dream destination for every shopaholic in Athens. It is the most famous street in the city to explore the shopping scene. The one and a half kilometre long street is a mix of souvenir shops and the usual branded stores. The street is not open to any kind of vehicles and is pedestrian-only, which makes the shopping experience much more enjoyable.  

The neighbourhood of Monastiraki is also the best for exploring the city's buzzing nightlife. The street literally comes alive towards the evening with not only tourists but also with people like clowns, musicians, mimes and street merchants.

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Watch the sunset over the sea in Kastella

The Piraeus district has a quaint and beautiful neighbourhood, Kastella, which is perfect for watching the sunset and ending your first day in the city of Athens. It is situated on a quiet hill and is ideal to watch the sunset from here over the sea. You will also need to go to the Piraeus district if you plan on taking a ferry to literally any of the Greek islands. One can also visit the town and explore it for a couple of hours. 

Explore the beaches in Athens

It is not possible for one to visit Athens, Greece and not go to the beach, even if it is just a weekend trip. Everyone fancies a little bit of swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling. And Athens has several stunning beaches. However, Alimos beach is the most famous one, given its proximity to the city centre. It is just 11 kilometres south of Athens. But, that also makes it very crowded with tourists. Some tourists like to head a little further out and go to other beaches with lesser crowds and most likely, clearer water as well. Legrena beach is an example. It is 60 kilometres south of the city's centre and is pretty much secluded. 

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Sample some Greek wine

Lastly, one must sample some classic Greek wine before ending their weekend in Athens. And if you are a wine lover, then you are in for a treat at Fabrica de Vino. It is very popular with the tourists due to the 400 varieties of Greek wine on its menu. It is locally also known as the first wine bar in the city. They have everything from sweet wines, sparkling wines to rakis. Customers often like to pair their wines with aged Greek cheeses and cured meats. 

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