Only got a day in Athens? Fear not. You can see lots of the Greek capital in one day. Here's my itinerary for one day in Athens so you'll get to see the most important parts even with a short stopover before moving along or because you want to spend more time at the beach.
If it's Sunday, you are lucky. Sundays are special in Athens because people from all over comes to Monastiraki Flea Market to sell their goods. It's near Monastiraki Square and full of treasures. I wish I had made room for more space in my suitcase because I wanted to buy everything but had to limit myself. The market opens at 10am and breakfast before is recommended.
The Acropolis. One of the only things worth waiting in line and paying for to go in if you only got one day in Athens. The Acropolis is a must of course. The ancient citadel is located on a hill in the middle of the city and it provides spectacular views of the city.
Visit the neighbourhood Plaka just beneath Acropolis and even more importantly: Anafiotika. The neighbourhood Anafiotika is a scenic tiny neighbourhood in Plaka with old with Greek houses that makes you believe you are on a little local Greek island and not in the capital of Greece. Plaka is the oldest neighbourhood in Athens and the streets are too small for cars - only scooters.
Plaka has lots of good options for dinner. Plaka was once a nightlife area but everything was closed and replaced with restaurants, small jewellery stores and souvenir shops.
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