One Day in Athens; Things to do and Places to see in Greece

One Day in Athens; Things to do and Places to see in Greece

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Athens the capital city of Greece is one of the oldest cities in the world and so far my favorite city in Europe.Its a city with delicious Greek food, a city of ancient temples and as they say “City of Greek Gods ”

One Day in Athens; Things to do and Places to see in Greece


One Day in Athens; Things to do and Places to see in Greece


Almost all of would agree that when we speak about Athens we think of the Acropolis
It is by far the most unique and most famous historic site in the capital of Greece. Acropolis is built on a hilltop and you can find several buildings out here

Timings (April to September )
Tuesday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last admission: 7:30 p.m.)

2.)Temple of Zeus

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Temple of Zeus

Everybody must have heard about Zeus, Hercules and all of the ancient Greek Gods, but have you heard about the Temple of Zeus. Well, I am guessing that some of us had seen pictures of this marvelous historic site located in the center of the Greek capital – Athens.
According to the historians, this temple had been completed in 2 AD. Do not hesitate to visit this historic temple dedicated to the God of the Gods – Zeus.

3.)Temple of Hephaestus


Temple of  Hephaestus

Talking about Temples, Athens has another temple to offer to tourists. While the Temple of Zeus is not really well conserved, the Temple of Hephaestus still stands in the same condition in which it was originally created in 415 BC.
It is one my favorite historic site in Athens

4.) Panaghia Kapnikaréa Church



The Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea is the oldest temple in Athens, it was built during the middle of the 11th century. It is actually dedicated to Saint Mary
The church is located in the middle of the city’s most lively and crowded downtown street, Ermou.
It is one of the most typical Greek monuments.

5.)Odeon of Herodes Atticus



It was probably the finest theatre in Greece and was built in 160 A.D. by Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes. You can see this beautiful theatre on your way to Acropolis. These days the theatre is used for live musical concerts.

6.) The Temple of Athena Nike

Athena NIKE

Athena NIKE

By now you know that Athens is one of the cities with the most ancient temples that are really well preserved. The Temple of Athena Nike is positioned right next to the Acropolis. It is named after the Greek goddess, Athena Nike and it was built around 400 BC.
Goddess Nike is a symbol of victory and war success. The temple is well preserved and you can enjoy the time in the same way in which the Greek Gods used to do it in the past.


Greek food

Greek Food

“Greek food” — Just reading the words makes my mouth feel all tangy and happy. Greek food in Greece? Reading that makes me want to jump on the next flight to Athens.

So here I’m in Athens and trying some of the most delicious Greek food and tasty greek drinks

7.) Greek Souvlaki



Souvlaki is to Athens what Hotdog is to New York: it’s everywhere in the city.
Souvlaki is the Greek version of the kebab, made of meat – marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper and grilled on skewers. Unlike a kebab, which is traditionally lamb, souvlaki is mostly made of pork, especially in Greece.
Souvlaki is almost always served with grilled pita with some tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers and the famous Tzatziki sauce on it.
The best Souvlaki is at O thanasis in Athens




Ouzo is the national drink of Greece but with time its consumption has gone very low.
Still, ouzo which is an aniseed-flavored aperitif – remains the country’s most famous drink. In fact, it is now a product with a “Protected Designation of Origin,” which means no one else in Europe can produce it (except Cyprus).

How to drink-
In Greece, ouzo is consumed diluted with water or ice, which turns it a cloudy white in a small shot glass. It really has a high content of alcohol 50%.


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A Gyro is when the meat is roasted vertically turning on the spit, similar to how shwarma is made. Slices of it are then placed inside the pita along with the famous sauce (Tzatziki), tomatoes, onions, lettuce and often french fries. They are cheap and so scrummy!

10.)Plaka Neighborhood

One Day in Athens; Things to do and Places to see in Greece


It is an old historic neighborhood of Athens known as the Gods’ Neighborhood. It gets its nickname from the fact that the place is located just next to the Acropolis. The whole area is filled with tiny cafes, old houses, 19th-century churches, ancient Greek and Roman ruins. A walk through the medieval neighborhood in Athens is a must and one of the most pleasurable activities, especially in the evening.


Karanveer Gauttam

Karanveer Gauttam

Layovers is a personal travel blog which was started by Baba Aka Karanveer .He currently works as Cabin crew for a well known international airline that flies all over the world.He loves traveling to new countries where he explores the culture, the city, and its food. He hopes to inspire you to live a life you love and settle for nothing less than extraordinary.

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