The view to the sea from the balcony of Miso - Miso cafe restaurant in Kastella

Athens | The best views

What can you do in Athens on a budget? Where to enjoy the best views of the city? Where can you watch the sunset? Here are some of the best spots in Athens from which you will enjoy breathtaking views along with a few tips I will provide you to experience the best of the views as a local.

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A panoramic view of the city of Athens taken from the highest hill of the city
How long does it take to walk up Mount Lycabettus? It will take you up to thirty minutes on foot to climb up to the hill if you depart from Syntagma Square and follow Likavitou Street

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WHERE TO GET THE BEST VIEWS

  1. Rising 277 meters above sea level, Lycabettus Hill is considered one of the top spots to enjoy the sunset in the centre of the city. What’s the best way to see Mount Lycabettus? There are plenty of options to reach the top of the mountain, from riding the cable car, driving a car following the road to the top or taking a taxi from Kolonaki or Syntagma Square. If you love hiking, follow Lykavittou street, walk to the top of the mountain! There is no entrance to visit the hill. What’s there to do? Enjoy one of the best views of the city, visit St. George Chapel and take your coffee with a stunning view. I recommend you to choose Orizontes restaurant at night and Prasini Tenta during daytime and night.
A view of the city of Athens taken from the hill of Acropolis
The Acropolis of Athens is a rocky hill rising 156 m above sea level and about 70 m from the level of the city of Athens. The top of the hill features 300 m long and 150 m wide. The hill is inaccessible on all sides except the west, where Propylaea stands
  1. Well, I’m sure you would love to visit the Acropolis and Parthenon when you travel to Athens. Relax, strike a pose, feel the energy of this iconic place, walk through the ancient monuments. Get ready to capture some of the best views from the top of the hill, the panorama of the city will leave you speechless!
A panorama of the Greek capital taken from the hill located within Philopappos Park
Philopappos Hill has taken its name from Philopappos, grandson of Antiochus IV of Epiphanes who had been proclaimed High Priest of Athens (90 – 100 AD )and “Athenian citizen”
  1. What’s the best way to see Philopappos Hill? Take the subway to Acropolis Museum station, follow Dionisiou Areopagitou road to Philopappos Hill, cross the main gate on your left-hand, follow the signboards and walk up to the Monument of Philopappos (Mouson hill), wherein you will enjoy a magnificent view to the Acropolis and the Greek capital!
  2. What’s the best way to see Pnyx Hill? The Pnyx hill is considered the birthplace of democracy, has served as the spot where the ancient Athenians were gathering to host their popular assemblies. Take account of the directions as to reach Philopappos Hill, follow the path to enter the main entrance, Philopappou Hill includes the Hill of the Muses, the Hill of the Nymphs, and the Pnyx.

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The Caryatid porch of the Erechtheion in Athens, Greece

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A city view of houses, the ancient and Roman agora of Athens
The Areopagus rock is known also as Areios Pagos Hill. Areopagus is translated as “Hill of Ares”
  1. How do you get to Areopagus Hill? Take the subway to Thiseio station, follow Apostolou Pavlou road, follow the road to the exit of the Acropolis, then climb the metal staircase on your left hand side to reach the top of the rock. The Greek name Areios Pagos refers to the name of the higher court of modern Greece.
A photo overlooking a basketball court and the city of Athens, located in a hill in Exarcheia neighborhood
How to get a bird’s-eye view from Strefi Hill? Follow the path towards Exostrefis restaurant, cross the basketball court and climb then up to the Hill
  1. Located within Exarcheia neighbourhood, Strefi Hill offers breathtaking views to the Acropolis, Lycabettus and the city of Athens. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the hill has served as a limestone, however, it suspended its operation in the ’20s, when the tree planting of the hill began. What’s there to do? Spend some time to explore the vibrant and bohemian district of Exarcheia, capture some of the finest wall art and graffiti you will probably come across in the city, there you will find plenty of choices from music shops to coffee shops and eateries. Tip: Pay extra attention while on the road and mind your belongings.
A city panoramic perspective captured from Yades Cafe Restaurant
Fantastic views of Athens from Attica Grove (Attiko Alsos) hilltop. The grove is located between Psychiko, Galatsi and the city centre and consists of 1200 trees and 1300 plants
  1. How to get to Attiko Alsos? Here’s one of my favourite viewpoints in the city of Athens, a hill rising 377 meters offering amazing views, definitely a place to lose your self in. How can you get there? The best option is to reach the hill by car, however, you may reach the hill by taking the buses no 036 or 224. What’s there to do? There’s plenty to do from relaxing in the beautiful parklands, cycling, jogging to prebooking the tennis, volleyball and basketball courts located within the park. The parkland hosts two playgrounds and 10 tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts, thus combines walking, sports activities and activities for children. Are you ready for a drink? You will find two coffee restaurants within the hill, Yades Cafe and Zafiro lounge cafe. Tip:Which one to visit? Both are offering breathtaking views, Zafiro terrace view is my favourite.
A view of Athens taken from the bar located in Saint Demetrios Grove in Petroupolis
Here is an image which is taken from the Terra Petra terrace! The former quarry of the Municipality of Petroupolis was transformed to a multipurpose space with restaurant, café, pizza and bar offering great service and an amazing panorama of the city
  1. Are you looking for a great spot offering panoramic views to the city and three top options to get your coffee and dine? Make it a little further, visit Agios Dimitrios Hill in Petroupolis, choose between Terra Petra and Apolis. Tip: If it happens to be that you visit Athens on the summertime, visit the greek island deco style bar within Apolis, Scherzo. Great atmosphere, amazing views and summer drinks!
  2. Where to next? Visit Hilton roof bar, Galaxy Bar and Restaurant and get ready for one of the most beautiful views you have ever seen. Savour the amazing cocktails served while enjoying a breathtaking view. Tip: Make a reservation, visit on sunset!
A view from the top of a hotel of monastiraki neighborhood
Here’s is a vista overlooking Monastiraki Square, a photo which is taken from the top of A for Athens Cocktail Bar
  1. Where to hang out in the city centre, have a drink and enjoy a breathtaking view? Right next to Monastiraki Metro Station, A for Athens bar and restaurant and 360 Cocktail Bar are considered among the best rooftop bars overlooking Monastiraki Square and the Acropolis.
  2. Looking for a budget and alternative urban style spot? Then you have to visit the Loukoumi Bar roof terrace. What do I like the most? The super friendly staff, the cool vibe Loukoumi offers, the stunning views to the Acropolis. Tip: Get a table on the terrace, visit on daytime for a lunch break!
A rooftop view of the Kastella neighborhood in Piraeus
Kastella is a district of the municipality of Piraeus which includes the part of the city around the port of Mikrolimano
  1. Are you stopping on Piraeus on a cruise and have limited time in Athens? Walk around Kastella to get breathtaking views of the city, walk up to the top of the hill called Profitis Elias. Tip: I cannot recommend enough Miso Miso bar and restaurant. The cafe is located in Al. Papanastasiou Street, offers great energy and views, not to mention the friendly staff.

THINGS TO DO, ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS

Here I introduce you things to do in the city from seminars and workshops to museum entries and plenty of activities. The links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and buy a tour.

  1. Discover the flavours of Greece through a 4-Hour Cooking Class with Market Visit
  2. Use one handy Combo Ticket Pass for Museums & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
  3. Skip-the-lines and see Athens’ most important landmarks in 4 hours with this Mythology Highlights Tour (without Tickets)
  4. Taste the greatness of traditional greek cuisine by participating in a classic food tour
  5. Join a 2-Hour Alternative Off the Beaten Track with a local. TIP: you will taste a local snack for free.
  1. Explore the urban culture of Athens as you visit the best murals and join a guided Urban Street-Art Tour
  2. Watch a 60 min Ancient Greek Theater Performance in English taking place just next to the museum of Acropolis
  3. Travelling with kids? Spend a full-Day in Attica Zoological Park and discover more than 2000 animals from 300 different species
  4. Enjoy priority seating at Hard Rock Cafe, dine on classic homemade American specialities in a fun-filled environment
  5. Join a Pottery Workshop and learn how to make Your Own Greek Souvenir

Looking for more, the best tours and budget things to do in the city? Check out my post Athens | 30 Secret Tips from a local and start exploring!

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Panoramic views of the city of Athens taken from some of the most popular hilltops

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3 thoughts on “Athens | The best views

  1. EvBeing, another great job.
    There is a slight chance that I get to Athens next summer (2021) so this one will come in handy. I can tell that there are a lot of points that you brought up that can’t be found in many tourist brochures. Thanks again.

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