Athens is multi-faceted. This gives everyone, regardless of age, mindset, style or budget, the ability to fit in and experience unique moments. And anyway, doesn’t the saying go, the best moments in life are free? Well, let’s find out more about what one can do in Athens with only a five euro bill.
- Visit the Acropolis Museum
Ah, one of the finest architectural diamonds and best museums worldwide. You will be impressed, no matter how many times you visit. Over and over again, the feeling one gets is overwhelming – admiration and awe take over. With the exhibition area occupying 14,000 m2 and the exhibits numbering 4,000, it is understandable that one visit cannot cover all this beauty. There are always details waiting to be discovered. The light coming through the glass engages in a playful motion with the surfaces and the night casts a magical veil on the past and the dynamics of the space. You can only be taken aback by its everlasting splendor.
- Ride along the coastline
Athens Riviera: Faliro, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, it doesn’t matter where to – just climb on the tram or the bus line that takes you there and rush to the calling of the sea. Leave the madness of the city behind and relax by viewing the amazing Saronic Gulf. If the weather is appropriate, take a swim and lay on the beach with company, or with the company of a book. If the water is not yet warm enough, get lost in the endless horizon listening to your favorite mp3 music. Whatever the case, the ideal time to begin your ride is just before sunset.
- Eat ‘vromiko’ downtown
As the daylight evaporates, the canteens start getting their fast food ingredients ready. The smell of grilled meat takes over the surrounding streets and neighborhoods, capturing the people that move among them. The sandwich is called ‘vromiko’, which in Greek means ‘dirty’, because it is generously stuffed with full-fat ingredients that create delightful bites. The canteens are scattered in various downtown spots, but the most popular is in Mavili Square, where, after all-night partying, the night walkers gather to claim a tasteful epilogue to their fun.
- Coffee or ice-cream in sunny Plaka
Strolling in Plaka is always dreamy, even in the winter. It feels like travelling back in time, in a different era lost in the present. Narrow streets, alleys, neoclassical buildings, the feeling of an old city, the history – all beaming under the eternal light of the Acropolis. Plaka is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas where you can enjoy your coffee or ice-cream, walking between the present and the past. It is a real joy that you can experience so much at such a low cost. Plaka will always offer its, literally, priceless magic to the visitors…
- Visit a book bazaar
A journey to the parallel world of books, not only for those capable of reading between the lines! From time to time, the area of Zappeio, Klafthmonos square, Dionisiou Areopagitou Street, host the most famous outdoor book bazaars where you can lose yourself in the pages. With free entrance and special low prices you can buy a rare edition and a book you wouldn’t want your library to miss. These bazaars are not permanent, so you’d better watch out for their opening dates.
Author: Dionisis Stathakopoulos
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