24 hours in Athens: A Parents Guide
I recently found myself hanging out in Athens for 24 hours. It was short and sweet but after traveling 15 hours with a teething nine month old baby, the layover was just what we needed before heading to Santorini. If you too find yourself in Athens for a short period of time, here’s how to make the most of it!
“Acropolis” means the high point of the city
WHERE TO STAY
Built at the foot of the Acropolis, Plaka is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Athens. Its village-like atmosphere, neoclassical buildings, family-fun cafes, shops and museums make it a favourite among visitors who stroll along its narrow cobblestoned streets. Weather you like people watching, eating, or walking around, the Plaka is a great to explore with a baby.
If you’re looking to stay in the Plaka, there are many hotels to choose from. Check out the Plaka Hotel, as it is strategically located in walking distance to the acropolis, Monastiraki square, and has an enviable view of the Parthenon. This hotel tends to sell out quickly so try to book in advance.
WHAT TO SEE
Standing at the top of the Acropolis, the Parthenon dominates the landscape as the most famous and recognisable monument in Athens. Built to honour the Greek Goddess Athena, the Parthenon serves as symbol of democracy and greek civilisation. In order to have the best experience, try to visit first thing in the morning to avoid lines and heat. The Acropolis is very exposed, this means pack your sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses for both you and bub. Since you will want to spend several hours exploring, pack lots of water and snacks. At the top you will be walking on uneven rock and dirt, use a baby carrier instead of a pram and wear shoes wth good traction. You can end your day with air condition at the Acropolis museum.
- TIP: Use a baby carrier instead of a pram
WHAT TO DO
Rooftop Drinks With A View
Plaka is situated under the Acropolis with the Parthenon as the focal point. Take full advantage of this backdrop skyline as the sunsets at a the rooftop bar. A is for Athens as a his boutique hotel with stunning rooftop views, close proximity to Monastiraki railway station, and near Psiri, a quirky nightlife district with picturesque cafes.
Whatever you do, make sure you eat Greek Food…
Weather you like fine dinning or vibrant local tavernas, Athens has something to offer for everyone. Traditional the largest meal of the day is lunch. Enjoy generous sized lunches and dinners with a plethora of unique greek specialities to choose from. You are not required to order mains for each person. Order a few appetisers and mains to share and be prepared to spend a few hours enjoying your meal. Dinner and lunch time may differ from your usual. Lunch is between 1-3pm and dinner is around 9pm. It is not unusual to be at a taverna until 11pm at night.
- TIP: Most restaurants have high chairs, but it is always best to ask before you are seated.