Discover Free Attractions, Interesting Sights in Athens without Spending Money



When visiting Athens, naturally museums and archeological sites come first, with some general sightseeing on the side. However, not all museums charge entrance and there are several very interesting places to visit which are free, such as parks and various attractions. Diomidous Botanical Garden is located in the neighborhood of Haidari, on the road to Eleusis,  with more than 2.500 different kinds of plants from all over the world.  The Museum of Greek Popular Instruments, Foivos Anogianakis, in Plaka, hosts a collection of about 1200 Greek popular musical instruments which date from the 18th century.   Visitors to Athens always enjoy watching the Changing of the Guards outside the Parliament on Syntagma Square and taking photos of the impressive ceremony. A visit to the Monastiraki flea market in Athens is a must, with a festive air on Sundays. At the National  Garden, open from sunrise to sunset, children can play in the  playground with swings and seesaws, or visit the children’s library while adults can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The view from Lycabettus hill is not to be missed. At the Museum of the History of Greek Costume visitors can admire the beautiful, elaborate costumes worn in the past. At the Athens University History Museum interesting facts about modern Greek history wait to be discovered. The Philatelic and Postal Museum is a paradise for stamp collectors. G. Gounaropoulos Museum is all about the superb work of this famous Greek artist.


Lycabettus  Hill


The view from Lycabettus, or Lykavittos, hill is spectacular, reaching down to the sea and the closest islands. The tiny 19th century church of Saint George, perched on the summit of Lycabettus, the highest point in Athens, is a favorite for...  Read More




Yorgos Gounaropoulos (G. Gounaro) is a famous Greek artist, born in 1890 in Sozopolis, on the coast of the Black Sea. Inspired by the myths of Orpheus and the stories about the spirits of his village, he created a dream unconscious which will...  Read More




The Athens University History Museum was founded in 1987 and its principal aims are the collection, preservation, study and presentation of the University's historical memorabilia and the organization of cultural events. The Museum illustrates...  Read More




The Museum of Greek Popular Instruments, Foivos Anogianakis, in Plaka, hosts a collection of about 1200 Greek popular musical instruments which date from the 18th century and were collected by the musicologist Foivos Anogianakis. The mansion,...  Read More


National Garden of Athens
Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou


The National Garden of Athens was designed in 1836 by the German architect Friedrich von Gaertner, and was initially an idea of Queen Amalia, who reigned in that period. Until 1974 it was named Royal Garden. The area which it covers,...  Read More




Diomides Botanic Garden is located in the neighborhood of Haidari, on the road to Eleusis and covers an expanse of 1.86 hectares with more than 3.500 different species of plants from all over the world. It includes the oldest natural pine woods...  Read More


Philatelic and Postal  Museum
Photo courtesy of Philatelic and Postal Museum


The Philatelic and Postal Museum was founded in 1978, on Fokianou street, right next to the Kallimarmaro Stadium of Athens, where the Olympic Games were held in 1896. In celebration of this event, the first Olympic stamps internationally were...  Read More




The Museum of the History of Greek Costume is part of the well known Lyceum Club of Greek Women. In this small, attractive museum visitors can view various aspects of Greek Costume from the past. Authentic pieces, veritable works of art to...  Read More


Changing of the Guards - Parliament
Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou

Visitors to Athens always enjoy watching the Changing of the Guards outside the Parliament on Syntagma Square. The evzones, or tsoliades, are young Greeks doing their military service and are chosen for this honorable post depending on their...  Read More


Monastiraki Flea Market
Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou

A visit to the Monastiraki flea market in Athens is a must. Situated over a large area from Monastiraki square and metro station down to the end of Ermou street, the flea market is open every day, but on Sundays it is even more interesting to...  Read More


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Meet Nelly Paraskevopoulou

Born and bred in Athens, Nelly went on the move after finishing high school and spending some years working in textiles.  For her, Italy was the next chapter. But, after 12 years, it was back...  More About Nelly

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