One day? It's definitely possible and I did it! My friend Alex and I travelled the morning of at 6am and arrived from Rome to Athens at 9am. We took our bags and got to our hotel around 12pm, and then spent the entire day on foot touring around Athens.
When we arrived downtown, we had no clue really what to do. All the tourist attractions are spread out across the city, and we literally had no plan or organised anything in advanced. One great thing about visiting a popular and touristic city, is there are always "tour buses" running. So we decided to get around by tour bus and see as much as we could in one full day.
Before hopping on the bus, we took a stop downtown after our long journey to get a delicious 2 euro shawarma. Yes... 2 EUROS! So first of all, the food prices are amazing here. You will never starve and you get so much for so little... perfect.
Then, we made our way to the cheapest tour bus line we could find (Blue Line). It was 15 euros for 2 days, and it allowed us to see all of Athens plus, the bonus line to the beach. Unfortunately being there for only one day, we didn't have time for the beach, but for sure an option with someone staying a few days longer.
Our first stop was the...
The Acropolis was breath taking and takes you back in time. The weather in August was blazing, if you ever plan to go during this month (40-45 degrees). In the photo we were standing near the Acropolis, and the views were phenomenal. So if you plan to visit, the entry ranges from 25-35 euros per person. I found that price too expensive to walk all the way up and then walk down in blazing heat... aha, but if thats something you might enjoy then go for it!
After exploring parts of the Acropolis, we made our way on the tour bus to stop at...
"Temple of Zeus"
Below the image is an ancient Greek Mythological Library, also a place were many philosophers would study.
So this square was amazing, and behind it down the street is the best flea market I have ever been too. They literally have everything, especially all the souvenir shops, vintage record stores, cafes, food vendors and restaurants. Everything is extremely cheap and you can definitely negotiate a better price.
After a long full day of exploring, we had to stop and try some typical Greek food. So I ordered a traditional Greek salad, and Alex got a Mediterranean salad. As you can see in the image below... it literally tasted as good or even better than it looked.
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