One of the best times to visit Athens is in the spring when temperatures are mild and flowers are in bloom around must-visit sights like the Parthenon.
Although most visitors conjure up images of the Acropolis when thinking about Athens' famous ruins, some of the city's most historically significant sites can be found at Ancient Agora.
Reopening in 2007 beneath the Acropolis, the newer (and significantly larger) Acropolis Museum now features an array of archaeological treasures spread throughout 150,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Commonly filled with ground meat or rice and a variety of Mediterranean spices, dolmades (or stuffed grape leaves) are regularly featured on restaurant menus throughout Athens.
Some of the Acropolis' best panoramas can be enjoyed at sunset. You'll also encounter more tolerable temps and thinner crowds at this time.
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Though the Museum of Cycladic Art's architecture is impressive, it's a hit with visitors for its collection of Aegean and Cypriot artifacts.
Souvlaki – or skewered and grilled lamb, pork or goat – is one of Greece's most popular delicacies.
One of the Acropolis' most recognizable sights is the Parthenon, an ancient Greek structure that was built between 447 and 438 B.C.
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Prehistoric, Byzantine, Coptic and Islamic antiquities are just some of the items displayed at the Benaki Museum.
In addition to being the world's only stadium built entirely out of marble, the Panathenaic Stadium holds the distinction of being the first host site of the modern Olympics.
Erechtheion – a detail-oriented structure situated next to the Parthenon – is famous for its caryatids sculptures that adorn its south side.
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Plaka is a lively neighborhood with plenty of ways to keep you entertained.
Statues of notable philosophers like Plato and Socrates can be found outside the Academy of Athens in downtown's Exarcheia neighborhood.
If you love history and cultural events like concerts and theatrical performances, odds are you'll enjoy attending a show at the Herod Atticus Odeon.
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One of Ancient Agora's most impressive ruins is the Temple of Hephaestus, which features towering pillars and sculptures made of marble.
Loukoumades – deep-fried dough soaked in honey syrup and dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar – are a common sweet treat throughout Greece.
To see one of the world's most impressive collections of ancient Greek artifacts, visit the National Archaeological Museum.
Greece's largest temple, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, took more than 700 years to construct and features a large statue of Zeus in its inner chamber.