Athens for 24 hours

We are only going to be in Athens for 24 hours, noon to noon. How would you suggest we spend the time.

Posted by Dina
Fontainebleau, France
893 posts

Make a list of the places you want to see and then figure out how many you can fit in during that time. Be careful with opening and closing times, as many places close by 3pm on the off season. If you're there in summer, plan to be at the Acropolis early, early, early to avoid the heat. And don't forget to get some delicious Greek food!

Posted by Barbara
Old Bridge
6 posts

Since I'm reading that you should get to the Acropolis early. I'm wondering if we can do it first thing in the morning before we fly out. Our flight is 12:45, so I'm hoping that if we got there at 8:00 a.m., when it opens we could see a respectable amount in a couple hours. Any thoughts. Also, we have 2 dinners in Athens. Any recommendations where we should make reservations in advance or just wing it. We'll be there in early July.

Posted by Alan
Brighton, UK
631 posts

Barbara If you are planning to get the metro to the airport it is worth knowing there are left luggage lockers at Monastiraki station. This means it would be possible to get up early. leave luggage at the station, walk up to the Acropolis, and still make the airport for your flight. There are trains every half hour from Monastiraki to the airport and the journey takes 40 minute. Unless you are looking for somewhere very smart then there is no need to book to eat in Athens. We've written up some of our favourite places in the most central area here. http://www.greekramblings.org.uk/Plaka%20Monistiraki%20Restaurants.html Have a great trip. Alan

Posted by Susan
Atlanta, Ga, USA
1462 posts

We stayed in the Plaka area and there are lots of restaurants there. We liked restaurant Scholarheia in the area below the Acropolis-lots of good Greek food and there is outdoor dining on the porch. If you take the Metro to the airport be very careful of your luggage and purse-plenty of thievery going on-we came from the airport on metro to Plaka area and my husband came close to having his luggage snatched away. Be sure to visit the museum below the Acropolis that was built for the past Olympics.