Sure, Athens is home to the Acropolis and many other exciting and significant sites and attractions, but let’s be honest: It’s hot (particularly during the high season), it’s dirty, and it’s expensive. I typically advise first time visitors to Greece to hit the Acropolis (at least once), and then hurry to other more enjoyable destinations on the mainland, or, even better, for Piraeus, and the many magnificent islands and island chains beyond. However, there is much to see and do in the ancient metropolis. If you decide to make a go of it, the following tips and suggestions should help you make the most of your time in the ancient metropolis.
There are numerous ways to compete with the congestion and constant economic drain without traveling far from the city. The Attika Zoological Park (opened in 2001) is not the best way to avoid the crowds, as it’s one of the most popular destinations in Athens (with tourists and locals alike, but it is nonetheless a relaxing and stimulating diversion and it houses the third largest collection of birds in the world.
Photo courtesy of Μυρμηγκάκι via Wikipedia.