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24 Hours in Athens, Greece


Many people suggest skipping Athens if you’re short on time in Greece, but I definitely think it’s worth checking out. On my trip to Greece, we only had about 24 hours in Athens to explore and we were able to hit up most of the major sites. If you’re short on time in Athens, here’s what I suggest doing:

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how to spend 24 hours in Athens, Greece


During my trip we stayed in an Airbnb. It was a 20 minute walk from the Acropolis and located near a metro stop. It’s in the Koukaki area, but if I were to revisit Athens I would stay in Plaka. It was a cuter area that seemed to have more going on. Either way, if you only have 24 hours in Athens, I suggest staying near the Acropolis as its one of the must-sees.

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WHERE TO EAT​ in Athens

  • Pax Burgers
    Super affordable and delicious burgers. I tried the truffle fries and Dirty Bastard burger which came on a brioche bun with BBQ sauce, brisket, bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and lettuce. Both were great!  
  • Lukumades
    Yummy little fried donuts! It’s right next to Pax so pop over after your burger for a sweet treat. You can get them filled, with toppings, or both. 
  • Bubble Tale
    Bubble Tea! Try the green tea with mango syrup and peach popping pearls or red tea with peach syrup and strawberry popping pearls. 

WHAT TO DO with 24 Hours in Athens

With 24 hours in Athens, get yourself the Athens multi-site pass and see the historical sites of the city.
  • Hadrian’s Arch 
  • Acropolis 
  • Ancient Agora 
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
how to spend 24 hours in Athens, Greece
how to spend 24 hours in Athens, Greece
things to do with 24 hours in Athens, Greece
24 hours in Athens, Greece
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  • poofbeegoneblog

    Athens…I plan to be there sometime in the future. My bucket-list seems to grow by the day but I’m up for the challenge.

  • Kimberley

    I’d go for the food, the sites are nice too ?

  • Ann

    Oh what a great post, thanks!
    I’ll be pinning it for later, we’re heading for Athens over New Years so your tips will come in handy!

    • Timpani

      Oh yay, glad you liked it! I hope you have a great time in Athens!

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