How may days in Athens? The Roman Agora

How Many Days In Athens? An Expert Guide

A guide to help you decide how many days you should spend in Athens. Are two days enough? Are five days too long?

Last updated: 19 Jun 2024

One of the most common questions of those who want to visit Athens is, “How many days should I spend in Athens?”.

Are two days enough to see the most important sights of the city?

Will there be any exciting things to do if I stay for four days or more?

Should I combine it with an island, or is it worth dedicating all my holidays to the city?


How Long Should You Spend in Athens?

Dionysiou Areopagitou

Of course, I ask myself the same questions when I travel abroad. The answer usually depends on many factors: how many days can I be absent from work?

What budget do I have at my disposal?

Do I prefer to be relaxed, or do I want to see as many things as possible in fewer days?

Then, I examine what my destination has to offer.

Athens, for example, is one of the oldest cities in the world and manages to combine modern life with a rich history.

Without a doubt, it is ideal for those who like to visit ancient monuments and world-famous museums.

At the same time, it offers a vibrant life, with delicious restaurants, great bars and cafes, and various theatrical and music festivals.

You can also combine the city with nature activities – mainly swimming in the sea; you will find several clean and quality beaches along the Athenian Riviera, with warm waters during most months of the year.

With all of the above in mind, let’s see what you can do based on the number of days at your disposal.


One Day

How may days in Athens? Plaka

If you are willing to walk, one day in Athens is enough to get a first taste of its most important attractions.

Usually, those who visit the city by cruise ship or plan to continue their vacation on a Greek island have only one day available.

That is why the “Athens in one day” guide can be extremely useful to you.

It includes a route with an almost circular shape, so you can follow it easily, regardless of where your starting point is.

It also suggests places you can skip if you only have a few hours at your disposal.

The most important attractions it includes are the following: 1. Monument of the Unknown Soldier. 2. National Garden. 3. Panathenaic Stadium. 4. Zappeio Hall. 5. Temple of Olympian Zeus. 6. Hadrian’s Arch. 7. Dionysiou Areopagitou str. 8. Acropolis Museum. 9. Odeon of Herodes Atticus. 10. Acropolis of Athens. 11. Apostolou Pavlou str. 12. Ancient Agora of Athens. 13. Temple of Hephaestus. 14. Stoa of Attalos. 15. Roman Agora. 16. Plaka. 17. Anafiotika. 18. Mitropolitikon for Baklava.

Read more in the guide of Athens in 1 Day.


Two Days

How may days in Athens? Keramikos

Two days in Athens are, of course, better than one.

You have enough time to explore the most famous ancient monuments of the city, up to 2,500 years old, and get a good taste of modern Athens.

You will be able to enjoy the world-famous Acropolis of Athens, walk on the enchanting Filopappou Hill, and eat in the Koukaki neighborhood restaurants, among locals.

If, again, you wonder if it is worth spending another day in Athens, then the answer is “definitely yes”.

Three to four days is ideal for a thorough exploration, provided you have the time.

However, even within 48 hours, you can visit the most important monuments, museums, and major shopping streets.

Of course, you can adapt the guide I have prepared to spend more time in shops or museums, for example, depending on your preferences.

Its most essential points are the following: 1. Monument of the Unknown Soldier. 2. National Garden. 3. Panathenaic Stadium. 4. Zappeio Hall. 5. Temple of Olympian Zeus. 6. Hadrian’s Arch. 7. Dionysiou Areopagitou str. 8. Theater of Dionysus. 9. Odeon of Herodes Atticus. 10. Acropolis of Athens. 11. Areopagus. 12. Filopappou Hill. 13. Acropolis Museum. 14. Koukaki neighborhood. 15. Technopolis. 16. Archaeological Site of Kerameikos. 17. Ancient Agora of Athens. 18. Temple of Hephaestus. 19. Stoa of Attalos. 20. Roman Agora. 21. Plaka. 22. Anafiotika. 23. Local Food and Dessert. 24. Ermou Street.

Read more in the Athens in 2 Days itinerary.


How Many Days in Athens? Three or Four!

Three Days

Acropolis and Herodeon overview

It is easy to live three unforgettable days in Athens: the only sure thing is that you will not get bored.

It’s the perfect amount of time to spend, allowing you to see many of the top sights and attractions and get a good feel for the city.

Of course, adding one more day is even better, but three days are certainly enough to see a lot.

To get a maximum of your days, I designed a quite tight itinerary.

However, it balances between ancient and modern Athens, and if you follow it, you will be more than satisfied.

As always, if you feel that it’s too much for you, I recommend which points you can skip at the end of the guide.

As you would expect, it includes all the points of the two-day guide, with the addition of the “Athenian Trilogy” of neoclassical buildings and two neighborhoods that the locals adore.

In particular: 1. Monument of the Unknown Soldier. 2. National Garden. 3. Panathenaic Stadium. 4. Zappeio Hall. 5. Temple of Olympian Zeus. 6. Hadrian’s Arch. 7. Dionysiou Areopagitou str. 8. Theater of Dionysus. 9. Odeon of Herodes Atticus. 10. Acropolis of Athens. 11. Areopagus. 12. Filopappou Hill. 13. Acropolis Museum. 14. Koukaki neighborhood. 15. Technopolis. 16. Archaeological Site of Kerameikos. 17. Ancient Agora of Athens. 18. Temple of Hephaestus. 19. Stoa of Attalos. 20. Roman Agora. 21. Plaka. 22. Anafiotika. 23. Local Food and Dessert. 24. Ermou Street. 25. National Archaeological Museum. 26. National Library of Greece. 27. University of Athens, Central Building. 28. Academy of Athens. 29. Skoufa Str. (Kolonaki neighborhood). 30. Old Parliament. 31. Kolokotroni Str. 32. Psyri.

Read more in the Athens in 3 Days itinerary.


Four Days

Psyri by night

If you plan a four-day trip, you can enjoy Athens without haste.

You will have the opportunity to follow the complete program of the three days, taste many different Greek local foods, delicious desserts like baklava, and local spirits, and, in addition, visit the unique Athens Riviera.

You can also find many worthwhile beaches to swim in if you do not plan to continue your trip to a Greek island.

Undoubtedly, the number of four days may seem too much, as many consider Athens a shorter destination.

However, they are wrong: if you spend time in the city, you will discover its beauties in-depth, and many things that go unnoticed at first glance.

The four-day itinerary is designed after a lot of research to help you enjoy your trip to the fullest.

It includes the 37 best points of the city – the 32 that you will find on the 3 Days itinerary, and additionaly: 33. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. 34. Flisvos Marina. 35. Glyfada. 36. Temple of Poseidon at Sounio. 37. Beach.

Read more in the Athens in 4 Days guide.


5+ Days / Returning Visitor

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

If it is not your first time in Athens, or you are going to stay for more than four days, you have an excellent opportunity to discover its hidden treasures.

You will find unique and unusual ideas, such as playing in some of the best Escape Rooms in the world, attending a performance at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, or jogging at the facilities of the 2004 Olympic Games in the “hidden gems in Athens” guide.

Before proceeding, make sure you check first the step-by-step “Athens in 4 days” guide, with the 37 top spots of the city.

Hidden Gems in Athens guide


Conclusion: Plan and Save Money

city break in athens guide: aircraft at athens airport

Once you have decided how many days you want to spend in Athens, start planning your trip.

I always use Skyscanner to book my flights as it compares different airlines to provide the cheapest and fastest solutions. Next, in the Athens International Airport guide, you will find a detailed breakdown of how to visit and leave the airport.

To book your stay, I suggest you use a reliable service like Booking.com, so you can rest assured that you will have immediate support in the event of any problems.

Also, always make sure you read reviews from other guests before booking.

Here you will find the 10 most reliable neighborhoods to stay in Athens, as well as the areas you should avoid.

Finally, do not miss taking out travel insurance; its cost is low and can save you a lot of trouble.

On my trips, I use SafetyWing, and you can get a quote, too, for free.

In addition, if this is your first time in the city, in the first time in Athens survival guide, you will find the 10+1 most essential tips to know before traveling.

Do you have any other questions? Feel free to ask them in the comments and I will be glad to help you!

Plan Your Trip

Stay: Booking.com (best prices, great support)

Airport: Welcome Pickups (pre-booked, reliable airport transfers)

Drive: Rentalcars (compare prices, free cancellation)

Connect: Airalo eSIM (cheap data)

Do: GetYourGuide (unique tours & activities)

Fly: Skyscanner (find the cheapest flights)

Explore: GuruWalk (free walking tours worldwide)

Protect: SafetyWing (affordable travel insurance)

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