This is my second time in Athens. Again, it is the starting point of a cruise in the Mediterranean. I have to decide how long I'll stay in Athens before the cruise begins. I've had to split my stay there into two locations, both near the Acropolis, the first in the
I loved the Dionysiou Areopagitou, did not like Plaka except for the part just below the Acropolis. I deliberately avoided the rest of Athens, it appearing to be a charm-free concrete jungle of cars, ugly contemporary high-rises, etc. I have no interest in nightlife, shopping, either. It's hard to know whether whether quiet cafe-bookstores or small chamber music venues exist in Athens. Or where to find listings of lectures, recitals, other cultural events, etc.
My question is whether 8 days is too long. It would stretch my stay in Europe to almost 4 weeks (I'm traveling alone).
Has anyone stayed in Athens not to do the tourist circuit but just as a place to relax, read, take short walks in the neighborhood, visit a museum or two when the spirit moves them (the Acropolis Museum is splendid)? I felt I didn't have enough time the first time I went (three days) so going back seems to make sense. I could imagine staying in a city I really liked for several weeks. So I wouldn't be a tourist exactly nor a long-term resident. Somewhere in between, I guess. I like to get to know places, at my own pace, and dislike group tours, for the most part.
But I wonder if 8 days is too long and that I'll be impatient hanging around Athens until I go to Piraeus to begin the cruise.