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2 days in Athens for senior travellers
2 days in Athens for senior travellers

2 days in Athens for senior travellers

Day 1

Your first stop is the Acropolis archaeological site. It is advisable to visit quite early in the morning (the site is open from 08.00 daily) to avoid the heat of the sun, especially during the summer. Walk down to the impressive Acropolis Museum (you will definitely need 2 hours here). Afterwards, take a stroll along the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian Street and enjoy your walk! If you need a break, the cafe on 3, Makrygianni Street is the best choice! Otherwise, get an ice cream and continue your walk. You will see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Agora (you can also visit the archaeological site and the museum) and simply enjoy the longest walk in Athens and the open-air live museum. Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, after a point, has been renamed Apostolou Pavlou Street. Continue your walk and spend the rest of the day exploring the neighborhoods of Plaka, Monastiraki and Psiri. They are considered to be the most picturesque spots in Athens and definitely the most photographed. If you prefer something gourmet for lunch, 2 Mazi restaurant is, naturally, one of the best choices, while Bakaliarakia of Damigos tavern is certainly the best option for traditional Greek cuisine and also renowned for its reasonable prices. End the evening with a liqueur or a glass of wine at the all-time classic Brettos Bar.

Day 2

Start your day in the central Syntagma Square. You can visit the the Parliament building, the monument of the Unknown Soldier and the famous evzones (guards). It is worth watching the changing of guards as it is a unique spectacle the world over! Then go to Zappeion Mansion and the National Gardens for a “green” walk in the city center. The Temple of Olympian Zeus is also located here. If you wish to take a coffee break, Aigli cafe, just next to the gardens is a very good choice. Take the tram (Zappeion stop) and head south. You have two choices: visit the lively Flisvos Marina with its various options for coffee, ice cream, lunch, drinks etc. or prefer the picturesque Mikrolimano in the Piraiki area. Begin your walk from the nearby Peace and Friendship Stadium (there is a tram stop here) and after the wooden bridge you will see the church of the Holy Virgin Myrtidiotissa, which is at the entrance to the area of Mikrolimano. There are some cafes here, as well as small taverns, on the pedestrian street. The center of Mikrolimano is not far away. Picturesque houses, fishing boats, fishermen and the smell of fresh seafood and fish are typical in Greece. You can spend the rest of the day here and enjoy the beautiful “summer” sunset!