Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, as it has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BCE and has a history of around 5.000 years. Its beautifully balanced Mediterranean climate makes it one of the most enticing places for all seasons, especially spring and summer. The dynamic city atmosphere and architecture inspire a desire to discover every hidden corner and learn about its history.
Having such a history and beauty is an amazing destination for those who love to explore beautiful places and learn about their past! Let’s take a look at the most beautiful spots in Athens that make it an instagrammable destination!
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Let us begin with the city’s most recognizable landmark, the Parthenon. Situated atop the Acropolis rock, it dominates the town and provides a beautiful perspective of Athens. Touring the Parthenon facilitates visits to the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erectheion. Enjoy your visit early in the morning and immerse yourself in the Parthenon’s history and spectacular architecture, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to fill your camera with photos.
The Areopagus Hill
Areopagus Hill is a tiny hill close enough to the entrance of the Acropolis. It is, without a doubt, one of the most Instagram-friendly places in Athens because of the spectacular views over the city. It’s ideal to go in the afternoon to see the sunset over the city.
Enjoy a walk in the most picturesque neighborhood!
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Anafiotika couldn’t miss the list, as it is Athens’ most picturesque area (part of the Plaka neighborhood). The first buildings were constructed in the 19th century when people from the island of Anafi came to Athens to serve as workers in the reconstruction of King Otto’s Palace.
The best time to visit is in the morning, when you may explore the alleyways and enjoy the view of Athens’ center from various viewpoints. The tiny alleys and vintage houses create a charming, one-of-a-kind ambiance that takes you back in time. If you want to enjoy the beauty and picturesqueness of this lovely area, go in the afternoon during the sunset time.
The Zappeion Hall aka Zappeion Megaron was created in the 19th century by the National Benefactor, and founder of the Modern Olympic Games Evangelos Zappas to recreate traditional Greek ceremonies connected to the Olympic Games of ancient times. Zappeion Hall is surrounded by a park full of trees and plants, with cobblestone walkways for leisure strolls.
Panathenaic Stadium, or Kallimarmaro (which means in Greek beautiful marble), stands stately in the city’s center, a jewel of Athens’ sporting heritage and is visited by hundreds of people every day. The Kallimarmaro stadium is the only one in the world that has hosted three Olympic Games! The optimum time to visit the Panathenaic Stadium for a shooting walk is in the morning or midday.
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The highest point in Athens is Lycabettus Hill, a great escape for both visitors and locals in Athens, and thousands of people visit each year to marvel at the panorama from the 277-meter-high viewpoint. It’s a must-see for anyone who loves landscape photography! It’s an excellent option for people who want to see Athens from above and watch the sunset.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens is another beautiful picture destination, combining views of modern buildings and nature. Walking to the highest point of the building provides a panoramic view of Athens and the Piraeus port, which is excellent for capturing a stunning sunset. The new National Library and the new National Opera are also housed there. So take the opportunity for a visit!
Let us guide you in the beautiful city of Athens!