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14 Things to do in Athens for Solo Travelers

Are you planning to take a solo trip to Athens? Or you’re at the city, thinking of what to do next? 

Then here’s a list of 14 things you should do in Athens! 

1. Admiring the Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis is a must to visit on your solo trip. It’s one of the most famous sights in the world! A ticket costs 20 euros. 

To avoid the heat and crowd, it’s suggested that you go early in the morning. Not only this but also carry plenty of water.

There’s also the famous Acropolis museum which is worth it and requires a ticket of 5 euros. Within the museums, you’ll also find a nice restaurant.

Suppose you are a history lover or have a keen interest in knowing the history of these monuments. In that case, you can purchase a combined ticket containing entry passes to Athens’s major archaeological sites. 

With many interesting facts and background studies, these sites attract travelers from all over the world. 

2. Soak in the philosopher vibe at the Ancient Agora 

While on your trip to the Acropolis, you can also check out the Ancient Agora. It’s a classic Greek-architectured monument.

Some of the most famous philosophers like Socrates used to hold discussions on business, democracy, and politics at this place.

3. Visit the Temple of Hephaestus  

Located on the northwest side of the Agora of Athens, this temple is known for its stunning architecture. It also has some historical significance.

4. Explore Plaka

Plaka is one of the oldest and prettiest parts of the town. The neoclassical houses, the ever sparkling lively balconies, and the foliage will make you visit Plaka again and again. 

Also, Plaka has got itself the village of Anafiotika. Also not to miss, a traveler must genuinely not miss the intricating ruins like the Tower of the Winds.

5. Shop for Souveniers at Monastiraki Square

Monastiraki Square is the best place in the city to do shopping. Collect some unique souvenirs here.

The streets of Monastiraki Square are dotted with sellers varying from the ones selling leathers to that food. 

The goodies over here stretch out into the district of Psirri, where a traveler surely will bump into the Central food market where you can fuel your energy.

Monastiraki Square
Monastiraki Square | Credits: Hert Niks

On Sundays, the Flea Market in Athens takes over Monastiraki Square. 

From vintage items to fez hats to antique kitchenware and musical instruments – all of them can be accessed at the flea market. 

Back home, your friends and family will love the unique gifts you buy from this place.

6. Exploring the district of Psirri 

To the north of Monastiraki Square is the district of Psirri. If you are an art lover, go to this spot. It’s very colorful and artistic. 

The Psirri District is home to the best street art in Athens. Street arts here depict various thoughts and uphold the culture of the City. Therefore one can easily engage with various stories of the City.

With a blend of cobblestones, workshops, wine bars, and cafes, it gives you a very Bohemian vibe.

7. Treat your tastebuds to the Greek Traverna  

At these tavernas, you can eat some delicious Greek salads and tzatziki. 

If you are vegan, there’s an Avocado restaurant, located just off Syntagma Square. 

This place has a lot of bars and is good for solo dining.

8. Spend some time on the Beach

In the damping heat of the summers, Athens can be quite stressful and tiresome. But the city has beautiful beaches where you can relax after a stressful day.

To the south of the city is the Athens Riviera. There’s a legend amongst locals that half of the city remains unexplored if a traveler has not visited this place. 

The beach has some of the city’s swanky beach clubs, where you can travel with the help of a tram. Also, these clubs include lockers if you want to keep your clothes before taking a dip in the water. 

9. Rediscover the nightlife of Athens at night

Athens has an active nightlife. It’s said that the earliest time for dinner here is 10 pm. Also one can go to the bar at midnight and not even think of going back to their place before 2 am. 

athens at night
Beautiful view at night | Credits: Jimmy Teoh

You can visit the rooftop cafes or bars, grab some drinks and enjoy the beautiful Acropolis dressed up in the light.

10. Enjoy the street food at Aiolou Street 

The City’s center mostly includes mediocre restaurants and has been aimed at tourist trade passing. But Aiolou Street in Athens has interesting hipster joints. The name comes from the Greek god of winds, Aeolus.

Not only that but there are also some great cheap options here for lunch. Enjoy Falafels, Greek Doughnuts, and Lebanese street foods and join in with the locals for the best experience.

11. A for Athens

Many travelers and explorers have said – Athens is best enjoyed from the top. But from where can one enjoy the best views of the city? 

Fortunately, there exists a place in Athens from where you can enjoy the view of the city. That place is A for Athens hotel!

It’s located right next to Monastiraki Metro Station and offers a rooftop bar with a stunning view of the Acropolis. Also, the nightlife districts of Psirri, Monastiraki and Plaka are a 5-minute walk away.

If you have a bigger budget, you can try to stay at this for more days. If not, just do a 1-day booking to enjoy the view of the city from the top. 

12. Visit the Temple of Zeus 

Almost everybody has heard of Zeus at least once in their lifetime. He’s a powerful Greek god, often known as the god of the sky and the god of many gods.

Zeus temple
Credits: Tom Darby

Want to learn more about this powerful figure? Then there’s no better place than to visit the Temple of Zeus, which was built in 471 BC.

13. The Architectural Wonder: The Panathenaic Stadium 

Built-in the 4th century B.C., this structure in the City of Athens is the only Stadium that has been entirely built of marble. This was the only place where athletes would compete against each other in the track events like the Olympics of today’s times.

14. Changing of the Guards near the Greek Parliament 

As a solo traveler, you shouldn’t want to miss how changing the guards in the Greek parliament takes place. The tomb is the place where the changing of the guard happens every day. 

If you are a fan of cultural shows, then you can visit the place on Sundays. The guards wear uniforms inspired by Greece’s war of independence. 


Being the capital of Greece, Athens is one of the most established centers of travel and tourism in Europe. The classical legacy that this City offers is beyond imagination. Here’s a downloadable list you can put on your phone while you explore the city.

Things to do in Athens list

Have fun exploring the city!

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