Explore Athens like a local

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Explore Athens like a local

When in Athens , visiting the Parthenon and the numerous archaeological sites is a must but what if you could explore Athens like a local?

If you want to go beyond the norm ,explore the small neighborhoods and find hidden gems here are a few suggestions.

Best ways to explore Athens

For first time travelers in Athens that are looking for a fun way to explore the city’s unique vibe and rich culture from a local’s point of view, we recommend Athens by Bike’s city bike tours.

During a 3 hour tour in the heart of Athens, you will see all the highlights, local areas and some hidden spots while cycling along safe and car-free zones.

Cycle by all the must-see locations and visit some less known local favorite spots for the best overview of the city, along with great tips and recommendations at the end of your trip to experience Athens like a true local.


Forget the big organized tours and opt for a walking tour with a local . There are many options to follow an off beaten path . See where locals eat , drink , shop and get the opportunity to customize your tours .

From food tours , architecture and mythology to market , graffiti and nightlife tours . There are enough options for all tastes and the highlight are the insider tips you will get .  You can find free city walking tours or choose more unique tours at an extra cost .

Locals favorite spots

If you want to stray from the tourist spots and blend in with the locals you can try a few beloved spots.

Coffee culture in Greece is strong and you will find numerous locals enjoying a cup of coffee in Agias Irinis square. Add traditional sweets in the equation and find yourself in buzzing Psirri area , on the streets behind our hotel .

Walk through Anafiotika and magically enter an island vibe hidden under the Parthenon .

Go up to “Vrachakia” or Areopagus Hill as is the official name to enjoy the best unobstructed view of the Acropolis and the whole city of Athens . Greeks go up there with their drinks and sit for hours taking in the view.

Last but not least , for a dose of hiking and nature go up to Philopappos Hill on a sunny day and even stop for a picnic like Greeks do .

Equipped with all you need to know to explore Athens like a local , feel free to get out on the streets . Get lost in the numerous pavement streets of Athens . Everything you want to see lies within 10-15 minutes walk from the hotel .

Our reception is more than happy to share their own personal suggestions .

Written by Melina Zisi , Attalos Hotel Manager