The Acropolis of Athens is a landmark not to be missed if you have traveled this far. To reach the Acropolis, walk along the wide pedestrian street of Dionysiou Areopagitou and enter from the main entrance. The magnificent ancient temples and panoramic views of the city are worth the uphill walk.
View of the Acropolis of Athens — Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou
After visiting this superb example of ancient Greek architecture, you have two choices: turn left or right from the main entrance. If you choose left, retrace your steps down Dionysiou Areopagitou and visit the Theater of Dionysos, where ancient Greeks watched the tragedies and comedies of their famous playwrights.
Next you'll walk across to the Acropolis Museum, which offers an exceptional in-depth experience of ancient Greek art.
Your next stop will be the Zappion, just across the street and the National Garden, which offers a welcome respite from the noise and traffic of the city. You can also enjoy a coffee or a light meal at the cool café.
A less visited corner of the National Garden of Athens — Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou
If you take a right, you'll walk down Apostolou Pavlou Avenue, a pedestrian street, until you reach Thission. Here you can visit the temple of Hephaestus and enjoy a wonderful view of the Acropolis from a distance.
Continue down Apostolou Pavlou Avenue until you reach busy Ermou Street, then turn left to visit the ancient cemetery of Kerameikos with its peaceful, other-worldly atmosphere.
Walking up Ermou Street again you'll reach Monastiraki, from where the Flea Market starts, with many interesting finds just waiting to be discovered in the rambling side streets and quaint shops.
Your itinerary will continue through Plaka, passing by all the most important ancient monuments in this beautiful part of the city. The ancient Agora, the Roman Forum, the Tower of the Winds and Lysikrates Monument can all be found here.
Your walk will bring you right back to Dionysiou Areopagitou. On nearby Makrigianni Street, where the Acropolis metro station is located, there are many cafés and restaurants where you can choose to have lunch or coffee after your walk.
For a short itinerary, you can watch the changing of the guards outside the Parliament and enter the National Gardens from Amalias Avenue. Continue continue through to visit the Zappion and the temple of Olympian Zeus on the opposite side of the avenue.