Places in Athens Greece
It has everything you might want to see and experience. From the history of ancient civilisations to the beautiful sea all the way up to the picturesque mountains. This city will not disappoint you.
I know many Muslims are reserved to visiting Greece due to the crisis and the immigration concerns, however you shouldn’t. It is as beautiful of a country as it will ever be. People are welcoming and friendly, even for those who wear the hijab and needless to say the food is delicious.
1. Acropolis and Parthenon Temple
Who doesn’t know the Acropolis. Every movie and every shot of Athens starts with a scene of Acropolis. The word Acropolis means fortress in the ancient Greek city or it could also mean ‘building heights’ that are in place; like on top of the hill or the highest city. The hill is steep but the view from the top will reward you multifold.
Spend a day exploring Monastiraki and Acropolis, walk around the area and enjoy a coffee in a local coffee shop. You won’t be disappointed.
2. National Archaeological Museum of Athens
I am not a very big fan of museums, however I love national museums. They give you a glimpse of the country’s history in a fascinating way. So if you are in Athens then you must visit the national archeological museum. It is one of the best museums in the world with artefacts from the neolithic age as well.
3. The Ancient Agora
Located to the northwest of the Acropolis, the ancient Agora of Athens was once a marketplace and civic center. This is where democracy was born, quite literally since you can trace it’s beginning to this spot. It was a place where Greeks met and talked about politics, business, philosophy and everything else affecting their lives. In one word it was the heart of the city.
Definitely visit while in Athens. You can have lunch in one of the many tavernas around the Agora area.
Plaka is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Athens. It starts just under the Acropolis and spreads out to Syntagma where the parliament is located today. Called many times in the Greek literature as the neighbourhood of Gods.