Say, when we start to get in a conversation about god and goddess, what country would come across to your mind? Well, obviously, it’s the country where the Olympics were born: Greece.
And yes, after a few months ago we covered the infamous Greek beauty brand Korres, it’s time for us to cover the capital city in our very own series What You Could Get In The City For $10!
I mean, there are so many things about Greece that you’re probably familiar with. Like I mentioned, it’s probably something to do with Greek mythology. Maybe the Olympics, or yeah… For those who are probably more into pop culture, you probably watch Mamma Mia some time in your life.
And now, thanks to Valentini from My Shoes Abroad, who took some time to write this piece to recommend things you could do with $10 USD in Athens!
The Land of Gods and Goddesses: Amazing Yet Affordable!
Athens is an amazing city that can be very affordable too!
Best known for its ancient heritage and culture, food and nightlife it can be a full trip on its own! What can you do here with less than $10?
First, you could spend the day on the beach.
Take the public bus 122 from the Metro station Elliniko and just enjoy the ride through the south Athenian beach. Pick up one on the go (or do your research beforehand but all the beaches are suitable for swimming) and hop off the bus!
There are sandy and rocky beaches, secluded or crowded, with music and bars or local taverns around, with facilities or not etc. Avoid weekends as the traffic can be horrible!
Most of the beaches are free, so the return ticket will cost you for less than $4! Amazing, right?
Next, you can also visit Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), which is the newest cultural hub in Athens. Free exhibitions, concerts, guided tours and a big park are just a few of the interesting things here.
The Greek Opera House and the public library will be relocated soon here too. There is a free shuttle bust that usually runs every 30 minutes from Syntagma or Syggrou Fix metro station, but you can also reach it with public transport too.
While in Athens, or any place in Greece, do not forget to eat souvlaki, the traditional street food of Greece… Avoid touristic place, and for one meal, you can end up spending less than $5! 😀
Also, you could climb the mount Lycavittos, the tallest Athenian hill that overlooks the central Athens, which is actually IN the city center!
You can climb it for free, but as Athens can be a very warm city, you can also take the cable car, which is called teleferik, for $9 returns or $6 one way. On top of that, there is a restaurant/cafe that is not that cheap, but enjoying the spectacular view is free, of course! 🙂
Many locals do the same, and Lycavittos is, in fact, a romantic place to be around, especially for the sunset!
Last but not least, you can visit the Tactual Museum, which is one of the 5 museums worldwide that offer the opportunity of touching replicas of famous artifacts. In Athens, of course, you will be able to touch the copies of ancient Greek sculptures. 🙂
It is a small museum that costs only $2.5 and you have to arrange your visit in advance, as it is not always open for public. Taking the local transport to get there will only cost you additional $2!
So, are you ready to explore the land of Gods and Goddesses?
Contributor: Valentini from My Shoes Abroad
She spent most of her childhood in Athens, an ancient town surrounded by the Aegean Sea. So far, she has traveled in more than 30 countries and lived in 2 countries that include four different cities and one island. For the last 6 years, she has been settling in London as a footwear designer with a passion for shoes and colors.