Athens, Greece’s ancient and storied capital city, stands as each a ruin, relic, and reminder of what great travel is to astute explorers. The cradle of Western Civilization, Athens is one of those rare behemoths of bucket list destinations that contains it all – art, history, beautiful weather, food, and generous people.
Yet, Athens is also frequently visited with little time to spare. Given its position as a jumping-off point for Greek Island cruises (which are targeted by more than 20 million tourists each year), many fly into the historic city and in the wink of an eye are gone again. Fret not, as the depth of Athens can be explored and conquered by savvy travellers in just a few days. So, before you set off to Santorini or Mykonos, here’s how to spend those precious 48 hours in Athens!
Stay and dine in the Plaka District