If you are flying to Greece from the US more than likely you’ll start your journey in Athens. We made most of our connections from here. After landing in the morning, we dropped off our luggage at the Baggage Storage outside of the arrivals gate.
We had 10 hours to explore before our flight to Santorini later that night. It went by so fast.
The bus takes about an hour to reach the town center. We ended up in Syntagma Square. From there, we explored Ermou St.and the surrounding streets where you can shop local and internationally known stores, grab a bite to eat at any one of the outdoor cafes, street vendors and restaurants. We just finished a 14 hr flight so we stopped to put something in our stomachs. Cafe Centrale was our stop. I had an espresso freddo and Jorge had an affogato.
Afterwards, we trudged along to the Acropolis. We approached the south gate of the Acropolis and bought our tickets ready to go in. They said my drone bag was too big and had to be checked in at the main entrance on the opposite side of the Acropolis. ON the way there, we stopped by the Acropolis museum. It was a good stop because they can store your bags while you visit and my back and shoulders need a break from the heavy bags. The Acropolis museum has a cafe, gift shop, and a rooftop restaurant with views of the Acropolis.
We picked up our belongings and then headed back to the Acropolis. We checked in our drone and marched up the hill. TIP: Wear good shoes! You will be walking on marble and it is slippery and dusty in certain areas. Also, there is no shade! Wear a hat or bring an umbrella and a bottle of water. Once you’re at the top, you’ll have a great view of the city.
Once we visited the top we headed back down to pick up our bags and headed to Marjan Hill right outside the gates of the Acropolis. There were a bunch of people there so we went to the bottom of the hill away from the people to launch the drone.
We had a few more hours to burn so we explored the Plaka area and visited the souvenir shops. We grabbed a bite to eat at a small traditional Greek taverna before catching the bus back to the airport.
Side note: make sure you have extra time going back to the airport if you’re taking public transportation. Our bus stopped twice on the road and then stopped at the toll booth. I was so stressed out that we were gonna miss our flight. Fortunately, we didn’t.
To check out our experience in video click this link to our vlog made by Jorge!