Did you know that Athens is one of the world's oldest cities? Greece's capital is steeped in culture spanning more than 3,000 years, and one need only set foot on the once-marble sidewalks to see. If you’re planning a trip to the islands, why not also factor in a couple of nights taking in the sights, sounds, and histories of one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Watch the Acropolis disappear at sunset, learn the names of residents in the bustling metropolis; whatever you decide, there's a wealth of historical things to do in Athens, Greece.


1. Explore the Acropolis

The ancient Acropolis rises out of the Athenian skyline like a manmade version of Mount Olympus. While likely the reasoning behind the citadel's construction, seeing it will never fail to make you stare, mouth agape. Whether you're looking from your hotel room window or are up there exploring, it's hard to believe it’s actually real. Consisting of the remains of several temples, monuments, and other historically significant sites, including the Parthenon, there's no way you can visit Athens without checking it out at least once. Although there's an entry fee to get into the area, there are free bathrooms and water refill stations littered throughout. You can't put a price on such a valuable history.

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