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10 things you can do in Athens in the summer

At Candelinas we love Athens. Especially in the summer, if you choose to stay in the city, Athens offers a wealth of activities and experiences that you can enjoy during the hot and intense summer months.

From ancient history to modern entertainment, the city comes alive with opportunities for exploration, relaxation and fun. Here are ten things to do in Athens during the summer that cater to a variety of interests and tastes.

10 ways to have a good time in Athens in the summer

#1 Take a walk in Plaka

Wander the narrow, winding streets of Plaka, where you can explore charming shops, enjoy outdoor dining and soak up the historic atmosphere. It is the ideal place to spend a relaxing evening, escaping the heat of the day.

#2 Visit the Acropolis at night

The Acropolis is magnificent at any time, but visiting it at night, when it is illuminated, is an extraordinary experience. Its cooler temperature and mysterious glow make it an unforgettable memory.

#3 Relax on a nearby beach

Although in the heart of the city, the beautiful beaches are accessible. Whether you prefer organized beaches with amenities or more secluded spots, there is a beach that suits your mood. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing or beach sports.

#4 Explore local markets

Visit the bustling local markets, such as Varvakeios Agora, where you can shop for fresh produce, meat and seafood. Don't miss to try local delicacies and mingle with the local community.

#5 Attend outdoor concerts and theaters

Summer in Athens brings a multitude of outdoor performances, from classical music to contemporary bands. Experience the unique atmosphere of enjoying art under the stars.

#6 Hike Lycabettus

For those looking for a bit of adventure, a hike to Lycabettus offers spectacular views of the city. It is best to do it early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat.

#7 Discover street art

Athens is known for its intense street art scene. Visit neighborhoods such as Exarchia and Metaxourgeio and see the city's creative expression through murals and graffiti.

#8 Enjoy the rooftop bars

What better way to unwind after a day of exploring than with a refreshing drink at one of Athens' rooftop bars? Enjoy views of the cityscape, often accompanied by live music or a DJ.

#9 Take a cooking class

Immerse yourself in Greek cuisine by taking a local cooking class. Learn to prepare traditional dishes and then enjoy the delicacy you have created, a perfect way to spend a summer evening.

#10 Spent a day in the National Garden

The National Garden offers a green oasis in the heart of Athens. Enjoy leisurely walks, picturesque lakes and shade under the trees. It is an ideal place for reading, picnicking or just relaxing.

In a few words

Athens in the summer is not just about the tourist attractions - it's about the heartbeat of the city, as experienced through the eyes of those who know it best. From cultural immersion to leisurely enjoyment, these activities offer a rich mosaic of experiences that capture the essence of Athens.

So, whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, culture or fun, Athens in the summer has something to offer you. Explore beyond the ordinary and immerse yourself in the genuine warmth and vibrancy of this remarkable city.

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