ATHENS Travel Guide – Top Free Things to do in the City. (with The Endless Adventure)
We spent a day trying to find the best free things to do in Athens! Along with us today is the Endless Adventure! They also filmed two vlogs while in Athens (and you might be able to spot us in their videos!), you can find them here:
Greek Food Tour
Best Views in Athens
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To start off we made our way through the National Gardens in the centre of Athens. We found some interested things along the way including some barnyard animals!
Next we checked out some of Athen’s historic ruins. You typically have to pay to see most of them, but we viewed them from afar. We saw both Hadrian’s Arch (Hadrian’s Wall) and The Temple of Olympian Zeus.
After that we roamed around the beautiful Plaka neighbourhood, the oldest district in the city which is full of beautiful cobblestone streets, shops and restaurants.
Though we did have to pay for them, we next stopped to try some delicious Greek fried dough balls called loukoumades. We tried some traditional ones and also a more modern version.
Lastly we wandered through the trendy neighbourhood, Psyrri. This area is starting to gentrify with great bars and restaurants and here we found loads of really amazing street art.
Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments – a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.
A large part of the town’s historic centre has been converted into a 3-kilometre pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape.
The National Gardens:
The Garden is accessible from seven entrances. The central entrance on Amalias Avenue, one on Vasilissis Sophias Avenue, three on Irodou Attikou Street and two more in the area of Zappeion park.
Before it was renamed “National”, the garden was called “royal” or “the garden of Amalia” the queen to whom it owes its rare existence. The interest of Queen Amalia, wife of king Otto, in the Garden was such that she is said to have spent at least three hours a day personally taking care of it. She herself also planted the iconic 25-metre-high Washingtonia palm trees which grab the attention when one enters the garden from the gate on Vasilissis Amalias Avenue.
Hadrian’s Arch: The Hadrian’s Arch was constructed in 131 AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as part of a wall separating the old and new cities of Athens. On the side of the arch facing the Acropolis is the inscriptions, This is Athens, the former city to Theseus. The 18 meters gate was made of marble from nearby Moutn Pentelikon and decorated in the Corinthian roder.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus:
The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also know as the Olympeion, is located on Amlais Avenue, about 500 meters south east of Acropolos and about 700 meters out of Syntagma Square. Its foundations were laid on the site of an earlier temple by the tyrant Pisistratus in 515 BC but the war was abandoned when his son, Hippias, was overthrown in 510
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