Athens, the home of the Acropolis & the birthplace of the Olympics clearly has a lot to offer. Although initially we thought it was just our stopover to get to Santorini we quickly found out it was more than a stopover city with a life of its
First stop, the so aforementioned Acropolis, right upon the hill above the city of Athens with the various ruins scattered around the most famous of the ruins, the Parthenon. Bear in mind during the peak of summer this would be extremely packed & super hot as the sun would just reflect off the stones, so if possible, get there as early as possible to avoid crowds & heat.
I must say I was also extremely impressed with the Odeon of Herodes Atticus although it was mostly fenced off due to safety considerations.
Next up was the walk up to the Parthenon and it was just as impressive as I thought it would be. It was a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena and considered the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, and I could definitely see why when we were there. Did you know it was turned into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest?
As the Acropolis is on top a hill you can also get one of the best views of Athens while you're up here! If you have time, visit the Acropolis Museum as well to find out that much more!
We popped into the Athens Central market and were met with a dazzling array of fresh fish & meats, something Matt really enjoyed having grown up entirely in Australia where a wet market isn't super commonplace!
There's heaps of little cafes dotted all over the city, but we decided to re-fuel at this little place called School Pizza Bar which I must say was pretty tasty! The cafe next door, Zaf Cafe Bar also looked pretty cool but they weren't serving food at the time we ventured over.
The next day we made our way to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, dedicated to Zeus king of the Olympian gods. Depending on where you stay, you can easily walk everywhere which is good to know :)
Another short walk later we were at the original Olympic stadium where the first modern Olympics was held in 1896, the Panathenaic Stadium. It's completely built in marble so it was definitely pretty impressive on all counts! We got the audio guide which I highly recommend, informative enough to keep you wanting more but not too arduous to listen to.