The most breathtaking spots to relish an unforgettable sunset during your stay in Athens. Which one will you choose?
Last updated: 18 Dec 2023
Romantic sunsets are not for everyone.
Some consider them sappy, and others treat them as one of nature’s greatest wonders.
If you belong to the second category, like me, the Attic sky can offer you breathtaking moments.
Below is a list of my nine favorite places in Athens to watch the sunset.
At the end of the article, the spots are grouped depending on whether you prefer the city center or the sea.
For your convenience, I have added links to all points of interest.
Each of them leads to Google Maps; you can add them to your map to ensure you won’t miss anything.
The Best Places to Enjoy the Sunset in Athens
9. Downtown Rooftop Bars
You will find many rooftop bars with a unique Acropolis view in the center of Athens, mainly around Monastiraki and Syntagma.
From there, you can also watch the Athenian sunset while drinking a cocktail or enjoying a romantic dinner.
Make sure, nonetheless, that you reserve your spot in advance, as the most popular bars are usually crowded.
8. Flisvos Marina
Flisvos Marina is one of the most popular destinations of the Athenian Riviera.
It’s ideal for leisurely walks, strolls, jogging, and bike rides.
Thus, you can take a coffee or an ice cream in hand, walk in the marina and the surrounding park, and find a great place to enjoy the sunset by the sea.
Alternatively, you can sit in one of the marina’s cafés, some of which have an upper floor for even better views.
7. Kastella / Pasalimani
Kastella and Pasalimani are two of the most beautiful areas, not only in Piraeus but also in the whole of Attica.
The view that you can enjoy from the area to the sea and the city is unique.
So, it is no wonder that they are among the locals’ favorite destinations to watch the sunset.
At the same time, they remain an ideal choice if you visit Athens by cruise ship since they are located very close to the port of Piraeus.
Right opposite the Acropolis, you can find the Areopagus, the sacred place connected to the god Ares.
In ancient Athens, the reputed court of the Areios Pagos was located here, taking its name from the god.
Also, from this place, Saint Paul first proclaimed Christianity to the Athenians in 51 AD.
Today, it remains a popular viewpoint among locals, as it’s easily accessible.
So expect to find groups of friends and couples sitting here, chatting and enjoying the impressive view 24 hours a day.
As for sunset, make sure you arrive early to get a good spot, as it gets crowded.
5. Acropolis of Athens
Thanks to its masterpieces of ancient architecture, the world-famous Acropolis of Athens is a must-visit location.
However, the fact that it is located on a rocky hill above the city also offers a terrific view of Athens.
Definitely, the ideal place to enjoy the sunset in the same way that the Athenians did 2.500 years ago.
Local’s tip: Before you end up at the Acropolis to watch the sunset of Athens, make sure first that the archeological site will remain open until the time you want.
If it’s closed, however, do not be disappointed. Right next are located Areopagus and Filopappou Hill, two great alternatives.
4. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
It may have been established just a few years ago, but it immediately became a point of reference for the Athenians.
At the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), you can spend several hours wandering among the unique Stavros Niarchos Park, the National Library of Greece, and the Greek National Opera.
When the sun starts to set, make sure you go up to the Lighthouse, the top of the Greek National Opera, to enjoy an unforgettable sunset.
3. Filopappou Hill
In the third place on our list, we find Filopappou Hill, a location worth visiting even if you stay in Athens for 48 hours.
It’s worth spending a few hours around, wandering through its routes.
At the end of your day, you will enjoy a unique sunset next to ancient ruins, along with panoramic views of Athens, Piraeus, and the Saronic Gulf.
2. Lycabettus Hill
To get to the top of Lycabettus Hill, you will need to take a taxi, the funicular, or walk a fairly uphill route.
However, the view that you will enjoy from the top throughout the city is truly unique.
Keep in mind that you will notice people sitting in the parking lot as soon as you go up.
Pass them by and continue your hiking a little further, up to the Church of Saint George.
From there, you will be able to enjoy the best Athens sunset views, as well as the islands of Salamina and Aegina.
Note that you will need to come early to get a good spot, as the viewing area fills up with people.
Alternatively, you can sit in the adjacent cafe, but make sure you arrive on time too.
Local’s tip: If the day is too hot, do not attempt walking the route, as it might be exhausting. Moreover, as always, make sure that you will not forget your sunscreen when packing for Athens.
1. Temple of Poseidon at Sounio
The famous Temple of Poseidon at Sounio could not but be at the top of the destinations for the best sunset in Athens.
Definitely, it’s not as easy to access as all the other destinations on the list, as it’s over 65 km (40 miles) from the city center.
However, if you want to avoid the hassle, you can always book a guided tour with GetYourGuide, and they will take you there by bus.
I use the same service on my trips, and they are easy and reliable to use and book. If you have time, you can read my latest experience with them in the “3-day trip to Krakow” guide.
Another option for visiting Sounio is a half-day trip with a private car if you love privacy and convenience. They will pick you up from your accommodation at a time of your choice, and you will also get a chance to visit the Athenian Riviera.
In any case, make sure to arrive at Cape Sounion on time for the sunset.
The sight from there is beyond stunning and can be compared to other famous sunsets, such as that of Santorini.
A highlight you can’t miss.
Summary: Capturing Athens Sunset
If you want to watch the sunset from the city center, then choose a rooftop bar around Monastiraki and Syntagma.
Moreover, Areopagus, Acropolis of Athens, Filopappou Hill, and Lycabettus Hill are excellent choices.
On the other hand, if you want to be by the sea but not far from the historic center, prefer Flisvos Marina, Kastella, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
Finally, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio is at the top of the list, offering the most magnificent sunset in Athens.
Do not hesitate to book a guided tour there; the coastal route and the view are a not-miss!
Make Your Trip Easier
I always book my accommodation with a reliable service like Booking.com. Besides their price guarantee, you can rest assured that you will have 24/7 support in the event of any problems with your hotel. Always make sure you read reviews from other guests before booking.
If you want to get to and from Athens Airport with peace of mind, I recommend pre-booking your taxi with Welcome Pickups. Their flat rate is a few euros more expensive than random taxis, but they are totally worth it. They use local English-speaking drivers, wait for you at the arranged meeting point, even if your arrival is delayed, and introduce you to the city along the way.
Don’t forget to use Skyscanner before booking your flights as it compares different airlines to provide the cheapest and fastest solutions. Moreover, you can save a lot of money if you are flexible with your dates.
Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on a trip. However, these things can happen, so do not miss taking out travel insurance: SafetyWing is the one I use, as its plans are affordable and can save you a lot of trouble.
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