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This storied capital overflows with surprises. Explore Athens city like a local with our run-down of the best things to do during your short or long stay this summer.

Open-Air Cinemas

Open-air cinemas are a quintessential Greek summer delight. When you come to Athens, do yourself a favour and go watch a film in open-air cinemas. Especially Cinema Thision is the best. It feels like a beautiful walled-garden, with plants all around, charming art details everywhere, comfortable chairs & space, and the screen is large and the sound is very good. Zephyros Cinema and Cine Paris in Plaka are very cool place in the center. 


Classic falafel wrapped with vegetables and a variety of sauces and some other similar options. Low-cost & big portions. You can spot it easily because the queue is always long so prepared to wait. There’s always a line but it moves fast.

The National Gardens

It’s always nice to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and the National Gardens are the perfect place for that. 24 hectares await you filled with vegetation, rare plants, birds, and even a library. Benches are lining the tree-covered paths, 7000 trees, 40,000 bushes, and over 519 species of plants in general.

Astir Beach

Hollywood royalty and real blue-bloods, heads of state, sport stars, actors, writers, business taycoons, politicians – they’ve all congregated on Astir’s sandy beaches- all leaving behind a trail of interesting stories. The good news about the Astir Beach is that you can reserve your seating before you go and show up whenever you wish.

Lycabettus Hill 

Standing 277 meters above sea level, Lycabettus Hill is the highest point in Athens and is the best way to spend your morning or late afternoon – and also a great spot to experience the sunset. You’ll be met with a 360-degree panorama of all of Athens where you’ll be able to see the lit-up Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium and the Ancient Agora all at the same time. To get there, you need to either climb for 20 minutes or take the cable car. You can also check out the Greek church of St George, the open-air amphitheatre, and Orizontes, a restaurant with good food and great views. One of the best things to do in Athens, by far!

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