Of course, Europe’s oldest city has a myriad of unique things to do and neighborhoods to explore that aren’t easily covered in a day or 2, but with a little planning you can still see some of Athens’ best sights even on a time crunch. Here’s the perfect day in Athens to get your bearings.
Yes, you’ll pass only tourists on the slow, steep and — in the middle of the summer — hot ascent up the Acropolis, but it is the most important ancient site in the Western world and must-see in Athens. As you wind up the dusty path, remember to pause at one of the Acropolis’ many lookout points to catch your breath, have a sip of water and take advantage of its unique vantage point of the city – a view equally breathtaking as the majestic marble Parthenon, the Propylaia gateway and Temple of Athena Nike that await you at the top. Continue your historic tour with a visit to Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and the starting point of the Olympic Torch Relay to this day. Now that it’s open to the public, for a few euros you can find out what it feels like to run around the track in the center of 60,000-marbe seats, or if you’re short on time like we were, settle for a selfie taken from just outside the gates.