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Top five free things to do in Athens

As the oldest city in Europe and a thriving cosmopolitan capital, Athens offers something for everyone. Here we have listed the top free things to do, from discovering hidden gems in Plaka, the oldest neighbourhood in Athens, to spending a day on the beach 

City Guide
Emily Scrivener,

See the changing of the guard in Syntagma Square
The changing of the guard ceremony at the Syntagma Square is a must-see. Every Sunday at 11am the Evzone guards form an elaborate parade starting at the Evzone camp and marching down to Vasilissis Sofia to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square. Wearing traditional military attire, they make an impressive spectacle.

Stroll around the National Garden of Athens
When you want to escape the city bustle head over to the National Garden of Athens. The 15-hectare park was once the private garden of the Royal Palace and is the perfect place to enjoy some shade and watch Athenian life go by.

Explore hidden gems at Plaka
Plaka is the oldest neighbourhood in Athens and is home to lots shopping opportunities, including a substantial flea market. Browse everything from ceramics and old musical instruments to souvenirs, or simply marvel at Plaka’s antique charm. With pedestrian-only streets and a wide choice of al fresco dining, it makes a lovely place for an evening stroll.

Spend a day on the beach
When the weather gets hot there is nothing more satisfying than taking a dip in the Aegean Sea. Athens is lucky enough to have a string of beaches, and the best ones, namely Kavouri and Vouliagmeni, lie 30 minutes outside the city and offer the perfect getaway from urban life.

Watch the sunset from the Areopagus
Visitors eager to take in stunning views of the Acropolis frequent Areopagus hill. According to Greek mythology Ares, the god of war, was tried here for the murder of Poseidon’s son. In Roman times Ares was known as Mars, hence Areopagus is nicknamed Mars Hill. It is now a tranquil spot to watch the sun go down and then see the Parthenon in spectacular illumination.



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