8 hours in Athens; a Sizzling time
After 10 days in the Greek Islands of Santorini & Antiparos it was time to go and we only had 8 hours in Athens before our flight back home. Our boat entered the Port of Piraeus after a couple of hours on the Aeagean Sea. From the port we went by the metro to our hotel. It was located right at the metro stop which was convenient and it was close to the city center of Athens.
Athens is one of the oldest city in the world and has a great deal of history from the ancient Athens. Wherever walking there will be history either in form of democracy, philosophy, mathematics, architecture and remnants of Columns, capitals and cobblestones. Having only 8 hours in Athens is not much time and by this accept that there will not be time for everything. Focus on enjoying the things that you are going to see and not what´s missing.
8 hours in Athens will give a great taste of what the city has to offer for future visit.
8 hours in Athens include Monastiraki Square
3:00pm – Shopping and lunch or early dinner
When the time is limited and having 8 hours in Athens, I would start with the Monastriraki Square that contains shopping and tradesmen. It is a melting pot with people and variety of everything. It will show you the city life of Athens and the mixture of old and new. Perfect place for people watching and some dinner. After dessert, you can start walking towards the Acropolis Hill.
8 hours in Athens include Mesmerizing Acropolis
5:00pm – Exploring Acropolis from every viewing point
After dinner go exploring the famous Acropolis. If there is something that would leave a mesmerizing mark on your memory it will be the acropolis. Hence that the Acropolis is where everything from today’s democracy started and furthermore one of the most important structures of Western civilization. The excitement to be walking and seeing where everything started should definitely not be missed. Acropolis an impressive sight and a travel memory for a lifetime.
The Acropolis of Athens is the most striking and complete ancient Greek monumental complex still existing in our times – UNESCO
8 hours in Athens include Picturesque Sunset view
8:10pm – Sunset Time
Ending the tour of the Acropolis and returning to the exit you will see many people on top of a hill. This is the perfect sunset spot with astonishing views of Athens. When going down the hill turn a bit left and you will enter a nifty walking street with bars and artisan street vendors.
8 hours in Athens include Cocktail Bar
11:00 pm – Explore nightlife of Athens
Definitely do a cocktail Bar and enjoy the atmosphere of Athens. If you’re feeling adventurous maybe go on Tinder and find someone to meet up with for a genuine insider perspective. Who knows maybe you will see the finest views of Athens.
8 hours in Athens gives a small Taste of the City
With only 8 hours you are just scratching the surface of what the city has to offer. But 8 hours still offers many great moments for exploring enough of the city to feel the atmosphere that is Athens.
Athens to the Airport
For 10 EUR each on the metro we had an effortless trip to the Airport. Our 10 days in Greece was over and we returned to Norway for the rest of our summer.
Have you been in Athens and how many hours did you have?