How to Enjoy a Pleasant Afternoon in Athens

Most adventures in Greece start in Athens. Whether you’re in the city for a few hours or a few days, here are three fun things you can do before you jump on that ferry or flight elsewhere.

Explore the Acropolis & Parthenon

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Perched high above the city on the rocky Acropolis, the Parthenon is globally recognized as Greece’s most iconic building. Constructed in 447 BC and dedicated to the goddess Athena, this structure represents many of the political and cultural achievements of the Greeks.

Down an Ouzo or Two

This is the cradle of Western Civilization so, of course, some celebratory eating and drinking is on order.

Ouzo is a Greek aperitif. It’s got the licorice-flavored thing going for it, so it tastes similar to raki (Turkey) or sambuca (Italy). In most places, ouzo is going to cost you about a euro a glass ($1.32 USD at this writing) and will be served with some food. These snacks can be just about anything from salad, cheese or beans to fried fish—basically, whatever the dish of the day is in the place where you’re drinking. So settle in for a few drinks and enjoy the company.

Wander the Plaka

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In the shadow of the Acropolis is the Plaka. This neighborhood is part of the historic heart of Athens. Known for its beautiful neoclassical mansions, winding streets, restaurants and bars, this one of the oldest, and certainly most attractive of neighborhoods. For a totally inspired experience, eat a soulvaki while wandering. This is Greek fast food at it’s best—greasy meat inside pita bread with various garnishes and sauces.

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