The capital city of Greece, Athens is considered the birthplace of Western civilization and is incredibly rich with history and culture. However, you don’t have to be rich to enjoy this fantastic Greek city, as there are many things that you can do for free. If you are on a tight budget and have spent the last of your travel money on the flight to Athens — or on delicious souvlaki and spanikopita — here are a few ways that you can enjoy the beautiful sights of Athens without spending a thing:
- Climb up to the whitewashed chapel located on the top of Lycabettus Hill, in the Kolonaki area of the city. Legend says that this hill is a rock dropped by Athena, and you can hike your way up the rock in approximately 20 minutes and enjoy gorgeous panoramic view of the Acropolis and the sea. It is the highest point in all of Athens, and to watch the sunset from up at the top is an experience to be remembered.
- Art fans rejoice, because the Municipal Art Gallery of Athens is another attraction that is completely free. You can see over two thousands works of art from Greek and international artists, including paintings, drawings and engravings.
- If you are travelling with your little ones in Athens, take them to the Hellenic Children’s Museum. This family-friendly attraction is free and offers many fun and interactive exhibits.
- Every day at 11am you can watch the changing of the guards at the Greek Parliament. They will be wearing the same style of uniforms that they have worn since the War of Independence in Greece, and will march to Vasillis Sophias Street from the barracks near the National Gardens.
- You can see over 200 antique music instruments dating back to the 1700s at the Museum of Popular Musical Instruments next to the Roman Agora. Admission to this 3-story museum is free.
- Visit the Panathenaic Stadium, which was originally built in the 4th century BC and was host to the very first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
- It doesn’t cost a thing to spend the day soaking up the marvelous Greek sunshine on one of the lovely beaches of Athens. One of the most popular is Alimos Beach, located right in the heart of the city.
- Do some people watching in Monastiraki, the bustling shopping district of Athens.
- The War Museum of Athens offers free admission and is a great way to spend the day if you are interested in ancient battle lore. There are many neat items on display here, including Spartan helmets, World War II artifacts, and even a modern fighter jet.
- Take a walk along the Piraeus Port, the largest port in Europe, and enjoy the live music, quirky gift shops, and fascinating variety of people.
Athens is a fascinating city, accesible by direct flights to Greece, and with so many free things to do you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have an amazing and memorable travel experience here.