How to Tackle Athens as a First Timer
From the glories of the Acropolis to the joys of Greek cooking, Aegean cruises, and sunset views from Cape Sounion, Athens has lots to offer the first-time visitor. Here’s how to pack all the best bits into one fantastic adventure.
Tour the Acropolis
A trip to Athens without scaling the Acropolis is like a trip to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Immerse yourself in the majesty of this ancient hilltop citadel on a walking tour with a guide who knows their gods.
Cruise the Aegean
In the spring, summer, or fall, you can soak up the rays as you cruise the sparkling Aegean Sea. The golden sands of the Athenian Riviera and the rugged Saronic Islands—like Hydra, Poros, or Aegina—both make great day trips. Santorini requires at least a night’s stay to do it justice.
Feast on Greek Food
Whether you’re a meze addict and souvlaki hound or new to Greek cuisine, you should make the most of the nation’s fabulous fare. Take a cooking class, join a food tour, and savor a seafood feast in a classic taverna.
Watch the Sunset From Cape Sounion
Take a trip to the rugged cliffs of Cape Sounion, where the nearly 2,500-year-old Temple of Poseidon still stands above the sea. The majestic sunset will stay with you for a lifetime.
Take a Day Trip into the Mountains
If time permits, head north into the mountains. Choose between Delphi, a beautifully preserved temple complex that once housed a female prophet, and Meteora, which has ancient monasteries built on towering rock pillars. Better yet, take two days and see them both.