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Top Attractions In Athens For Free

Athens is the centre of culture during the ancient civilization, which makes it a truly interesting place to visit. There are so many things waiting for visitors to enjoy in Athens, and if you don't want to go beyond your travel budget, then you should start by checking out the cheap things to do in Athens. In fact, by simply taking the time to explore the streets of Athens, you'll already come across many interesting sights without spending a single amount of money!

Sure, Athens is not cheap to visit. But if you knew the many free things to do in Athens, you'll surely enjoy your time in the city even if you're trying to save money.

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There are also a number of free attractions in Athens that include the Mount Lycabettus, the neighbourhood of Plaka, Agora-Athens market, the Changing of the Guards, and the picturesque neighbourhood of Anafiotika.

There are absolutely so many free things to enjoy in Athens regardless of the time of the year. For instance, one of the free things to do in Athens this summer is to visit the numerous beaches just a few miles away from the city. If you are going to take your kids with you, then you'll surely have a great time even if you're in a budget. One of the free things to do in Athens with kids is to hike the Mars Hill, which is situated right next to The Acropolis. This hill is not really too tall and is easy for everyone to climb, including your little ones.

So if you're heading to Athens with a limited budget, here are the free things to do in Athens to help you save on your trip.

Free Attractions in Athens

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Hike Mount Lycabettus

This hill is the highest point in Athens at 277m (908ft) above sea level, and affords breathtaking views over the city and out to the Aegean Sea, making it well worth the journey to the top. It also has the 19th century Chapel of St George, a theatre, and a restaurant at its two summits.

There is a funicular railway that ascends the hill, starting from Aristippou Street, but if you’re up for an invigorating physical challenge, it’s...

Acropolis Museum Ticket

clock Duration: Flexible
  • Built on the ruins of an ancient site, the Acropolis Museum hosts a comprehensive display of Artefacts which were found within the Acropolis itself.
  • This is a "must have" time saving ticket which will help you make the most of your time in the city.
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Plaka

Plaka is the oldest neighbourhood in Greece, as it is built directly on top of ancient housing and has many interesting archaeological sites. It is located on the northeastern slope of the Acropolis, leading to the name “The Neighbourhood of the Gods”. Excavations starting in the 19th century have shown among other things that Adrianou Street is the oldest street in the city, with the layout unchanged since ancient times.

There are...

Frissiras Museum Entrance Ticket

clock Duration: 1 to 5 hours
  • A ticket that gives you a stress - free entrance into the house that confines the largest collection of contemporary European painting in Greece.
  • It is a tour into the world of arts collections and ancient works of the 20th and 21st centuries done in Greece and all over the world.
  • This is a different tour in the sense that...
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Agora-Athens Central Market

This vibrant market is the place to be to get all your fresh produce sourced from all over Greece - meat, fish, and vegetables.

Unless you’re staying in a self-catering apartment, you may not have much call to do any cooking while on holiday, but it’s still well worth a wander around to soak in all the delicious sights, sounds, tastes and smells. There is also a fantastic range of cheeses, olives, spices and much more. Be sure to...

Benaki Museum of Greek Culture Entrance Ticket

clock Duration: 1 to 6 hours
  • A tour that gives you wide range sightseeing of collections describing prehistoric and ancient Greeks in the most beautiful neoclassical building - The Benaki Museum.
  • A travel into ancient times by seeing several exhibits from the emergence of prehistory to the end of the Roman Era.
  • It is a delve into the home of gold...
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Anafiotika

For a real taste of old-fashioned Athens, you have to visit this picturesque neighbourhood, which is part of the Plaka district. If you are visiting the Acropolis, you will find it situated just under the temple complex on the northeastern slope of the hill.

It’s well worth spending some time strolling the streets, which seem untouched by modern progress. The whitewashed, cubic houses are beautifully decorated with blooming flowers...

Athens City Pass : Free entry to Athens Museums and Sightseeing Tours

clock Duration: 2 Days
  • An excellent Athens city sightseeing pass valid for 48-hours.
  • A time and money saving pass which will let you discover this Greek Capital at your own pace.
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Monastiraki Flea Market

You can find anything and everything at this bustling market; books, antiques, paintings, jewellery, clothing, records and much, much more. It’s centred on Avissynias Square and there are many cafes and restaurants in the area. The busiest day is Sunday; try to arrive before 11am as it gets extremely hectic with the influx of tourists. It’s definitely a great place to hunt for that souvenir from your holiday as there are many bargains to...

Athens Museum Unlimited Pass

clock Duration: 3 days
  • This is mainly for all fans of museums to give them the best entry experience into any museum in Athens.
  • It is a saving money package that gives you access into 15 different museums, galleries and exhibitions shows of your interest.
  • The Athens Museum Unlimited pass is centered around giving first time visitors as well as...
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Changing of the Guard Athens

For a real flavour of the pomp and circumstance of the Greek military, you should check out this highly ritualised ceremony which takes place every hour on the hour. The Greek Evzones in their traditional uniform change the guard which stands at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Parliament Building in Syntagma Square.

Usually, just four guards are involved - two replacing two - but if you come on Sunday at 11am, there is a marching...

Athens City Pass all inclusive including Acropolis and Hop-on-Hop-off Bus

clock Duration: 1 to 6 days
  • You will be able to see the Acropolis, a known heritage attraction in Greece.
  • You can choose from 1 day to 6 days pass for this tour.
  • Depending on your chosen package, you can have access to Greece's other historical spots.
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Mars Hill at Night

This bare marble hill, situated next to the Acropolis though not nearly as tall, is a place of pilgrimage for many, as it was where the Apostle Paul delivered his sermon on “the Unknown God”. A bronze plaque commemorating this can be found at the bottom of the stairs leading to the top. If you want to climb the hill, wear sturdy shoes in the wet, as the steps can get slippery.

The summit affords a good view of the Acropolis. It is...

Sights Of Athens Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Blue Bus Piraeus and Beaches

clock Duration: 75 to 120 mi
  • The key to the City of Athens.
  • The Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus lets you explore the entire city at your own pace.
  • A semi-independent tour of the Athens, use the double-decker bus to reach top locations in Athens.
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National Gardens

These picturesque gardens offer a tranquil haven from the hubbub of the city while being located right in the middle of it. Spanning 32 acres, they are a perfect place to just sit and relax for a while, or you can explore the park and the many interesting features it contains by wandering along the 7.5km of pathways which wind between the array of plants and trees.

Opened by Queen Amalia in 1840, animals were kept in the park from the...

Athens City Sightseeing Bus Tour With Piraeus Option

clock Duration: 80 to 90 min
  • A convenient city sightseeing tour of Athens which lets you decide upon your own tour itinerary.
  • The iconic big red bus has 3 different routes: the first circles the city centre, the second takes you to Piraeus, and the third is a summer route to beaches near Athens.
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Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments

This compact museum displays 600 well-loved instruments dating back 300 years.

Exhibits are spread over three floors, covering percussion, wind and strings. Among the items you can find are lyres, bouzoukia (similar to a mandolin), and toubelekis (a type of drum). Headphones are provided with each instrument so you can check out the sound.

The museum garden hosts regular concerts, where you can listen to the harmonious sounds of...

Temple Of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Tour

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • A half day tour from Central Athens to discover the marvellous Cape Sounion.
  • A chance to visit a temple which dates back to the times of Ancient Greece.
  • A comfortable tour by luxury tour bus.
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The Beach

There is a wide variety of beaches with beautiful golden sands only a few miles out of the centre of Athens. After examining all those temples, no holiday would be complete without an afternoon of stretching out and topping up your tan. Let’s take a look at what some consider the best of the bunch, Votsalakia.

Only 9km (5.6 miles) south of Athens in the Piraeus area, the beach boasts a volleyball court and watersports as well as...

Cape Sounion: Sunset Tour from Athens

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • A twighlight tour of the Cape Sounion, famous for its incredible views, south of Athens.
  • Upon arival, travelers acquaint themselves with the Temple of Poseidon through a live commentary.
  • The views encompass several islands of the Aegean Sea.
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Athens

There are many things you can do for free in Athens like booking free entry into some Athens museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.