You have seen the museums and done the typical tours around Athens — so you think you have seen it all and are ready to head out to the islands. Think again! There are many hidden gems throughout the city that are great reasons for you to stay another day in Athens! Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons why you need to stay one more day in the ancient city of Athens.
1. Grab a coffee and check out some of the best views of the Acropolis
You have seen it up close and done the tour, but why not relax and enjoy the acropolis like the locals? There are many great places to go to see the great views of the acropolis, but one favorite vantage point is from The Athens Gate Hotel’s rooftop garden. Enjoy a cool frappe and take in the view!
2. Visit the charming Agios Nikolaos Ragavas Church in Plaka
This 11th-century church is quaint and seeped in history. It is Located in Plaka close to Anafiotika (next on the list of places to see), and highlights the best of the byzantine era – and it is still used today for worship!
Well off the beaten path of typical tours, this little subdivision is more like an island village. You honestly will not believe that you are in Athens when you walk down the narrow painted streets of Anafiotika.
4. Eating and people watching on Plaka’s stairs
A great way to take in the city is by relaxing like the locals — on the stairs of ancient Plaka. Grab a bite and enjoy the atmosphere and be Greek for the day!
If you are looking for a side-trip to see a different part of Athens’ history, Brettos, the oldest distillery in Athens is the place to see. Located in Plaka, they have great drinks and the decor is breathtaking — so be sure to take your camera for some awesome selfies! Look here for more information.
6. Book your own “This is My Athens” guide and let the locals show you around!
Getting your own local guide is the perfect way to see all of the highlights of the ancient city of Athens along with all of the hidden nooks and crannies — and its free! For more information about getting your own guide look here.