Athens is definitely a city close to my heart. The city has 3.75 million inhabitants and much to discover. So what should you do, when you only have 48 hours to experience the city? In the following blog post I share some of my tips worth visiting in 48 hours.
Day 1: Athens city centre
The city centre has so much to offer. Fortunately a lot of places are within walking distance.
The ancient findings from the Parthenon are nicely presented in a fantastic museum full of light and space, designed by Bernard Tschumi (in collaboration with the Greek architect Michael Photiadis).
Beautiful street art can be found in the area. Especially on streets Sarri or around the independent, self-managed theatre “Empros”.
Monastiraki’s Flea Market
I’m a big fan of flea markets and thrift shops. This one is definitely worth a visit.
Next to the station is a unique sight, a burned train wagon, you climb the nearby hill and have a fantastic view over the city.
“Hot Wheels Projects”
A relatively new gallery. You can walk from the area of Kolonaki, which is also home to many well-known galleries to Hot Wheels Projects, while passing the impressive university buildings but also urban streets of decay and street art. More on the local art scene soon.
- Coco-Mat Hotel – Pretty cool roof top bar
- New Hotel – (visit the Bar by the Campana brothers or the New Art Lounge)
- Barrett Bar – I like the neon art on the wall and the drinks
Day 2: Down in the South
- Blends Glyfada – a coffee place which incorporates art in collaboration with Artion Galleries. Amongst the many palm trees, don’t miss a sculpture by artist Takis Paravantzas in the square in front of the cafeteria.
- Astir beach – go and take a swim at a wonderful beach and an amazing sea view with the Peloponnese on the horizon.
- Limanakia beach – a rocky shore with pure waters to dive in.
- Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion – enjoy the sunset and the relatively well preserved ancient ruins. Take a dip and the nearby beach. When I was there, I met the film crew of BBC’s “The Little Drummer Girl”.
- Ark Glyfada – a place on the sea with beautiful views of the ocean. The interior design is interesting and reminds me of a mansion in Florida. Also, the owner’s wife made some interesting art out of sea rocks.
Hope you enjoyed this post and I was able to give you some inspirations for your next travel destination to Athens.
Thanks for reading! ❤