With most of Athens constructed as a walkable, tourist friendly city, it is no surprise that millions of American tourists flee to the ancient ruins that have graced Greece’s landscape for centuries. See below for the most iconic Greek monuments to keep on your radar during your Athenian exploration.

The Acropolis

The religious center of Athens, this ancient structure is actually visible from any point within the capital. Sites at the Acropolis in Athens range from the Parthenon, Old Temple of Athena, and the Theatre of Dionysus, which are all located in the large complex containing around 21 areas dedicated to deities.


Dedicated to the goddess of Athena, the patron of the capital, this structure is arguably the most sacred temple or holy area in Athens. This marble temple was designed by architects Iktinos and Kallikrates and is entirely constructed from clean, white marble.

Marble statues, ancient pediments, and perfectly carved tiles are pointing to this temple pristine excellence, making it an almost must-see during your short trip in Athens. From this point, you actually have the most majestic views of Athens, where you can perfectly see the shimmering Mediterranean, the Plaka district, and the mountains in the distance.


Right below the Acropolis is the historic district of Plaka, where the most quaint bed and breakfasts are located on winding cobblestone roads leading to the most delicious spinach pies, sandal shops, and restaurants that allow you to view the Acropolis from your dinner table. There are also awesome coffee shops right under the Acropolis (where the locals usually go) that serve really refreshing iced treats.  

The most ideal time of year to explore the Plaka District is without a doubt the summer, where tourists and locals alike can enjoy the beautiful brightly colored vine-like flowers covering the restaurants and shops throughout the district.