When it comes to finding things to do in Athens, you really are spoiled for choice. This historic capital city is packed full of ancient Greek attractions, historic landmarks, and vibrant cultural heritage.

Most people visit Athens as a gateway to explore the Greek islands, but on my recent visit to the city, I realized that there is more to see and do here than just the Acropolis.

Best Things to Do in Athens in 48 Hours

The rich cultural heritage, coupled with a vibrant food scene, bustling markets, and a lively nightlife, ensures that Athens has something to offer every traveler.

Explore the Famous Acropolis

The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop which dates back to the 5th century BCE and holds great historical and cultural importance.

Check Out Areopagus Hill

It’s across the road from the western gates and offers magnificent views of the ancient citadel, the Athenian Agora, and the whole city.

Visit the Roman Agora

Built between 19 and 11 BC the Roman Agora was the commercial and administrative center during Roman occupation. 

Admire Hadrian’s Library

Hadrian’s Library was the largest in Athens. It was filled with books, state archives and used as a place of study rather than a lending library. 

Check Out The Ancient Agora

Enjoy the pretty tree-lined cobblestone path lined with restaurants as you make your way to the nearby Ancient Agora, once the heart of Athenian life. 

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