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5 things to do and see in Athens

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For the best Greece has to offer, you can't go past Athens. Filled with crumbling ruins, stunning marble statues and stone-lined streets dating back thousands of years, this almost unbelievable city is a must-see destination for those with a passion for art, history and culture.

The only problem is knowing where to start! Here are five stops you need to make on your Athens adventure:

The Acropolis

It just wouldn't be a trip to Athens without stopping in at the Acropolis. From the crowning glory of the Parthenon with its recognisable pillars, to the impressive temples and monuments scattered within, the Acropolis is an awe-inspiring remnant of ancient civilisations.

Remember to check out the Acropolis Museum on your way through the area. Though its architecture is a stunning modern design, the contents within are irreplaceable and unmissable.

Take the trolley up Mount Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus offers perhaps the best view of Athens you will ever see. In the very heart of this ancient city, the peak can be reached either by foot or trolley. Leaving from Kolonaki, the train takes you to the top of this imposing natural monument. 

Promising stunning panoramas and an unforgettable dining experience, the Horizon Cafe is a great place to stop for a bite to eat once you make it to the peak.

Visit the Poet Sandal Maker

For a new pair of comfy, hand-made sandals, and a philosophical discussion with a world-famous poet, wander down to 2 Aghias Theklas Street and get chatting to the Poet Sandal Maker of Athens.

Stravos Melissinos has had poetry books, plays and essays translated into many languages, been the subject of multiple documentaries and is still working as a humble sandal maker. His shoes are based on ancient Greek designs and have been worn by Barbara Streisand, Peter O'Toole and The Beatles.

Hit the beach

If you're heading to Athens during the summer, you may be discouraged by the lack of sand and beaches around, but never fear. The city has solved the problem by offering a super cheap tram route from the city to the nearby Glyfada. 

Take a return trip through the city and across the countryside to enjoy the warm waters, hot sand and abundant wildlife.

Take a food-fuelled tour

Greece is one country famous for its delicious food and wine. To fully immerse yourself in everything Athens has to offer, try taking a walking tour of the many must-visit cafes and restaurants scattered around the city.

Sample some locally made feta cheese and home-grown olives, while sipping on one of the region's fabulous wines. What better way to pass an afternoon in Athens?

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