4 Beautiful Places to Visit Around Athens This Weekend

Mariah Mikel is a student at the Iowa State University and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Athens, Greece.

During my first few weekends in Greece, I decided to stay put and explore Athens before I become busy jetting off on weekend trips around Europe. I wanted to explore Greece’s rich history and see the beauty within the ruins.  I must say that Greece is very beautiful and I cannot wait to explore more of this amazing country!

  1. The Acropolis & Museum

The Acropolis, the highest point in downtown Athens, is a must see for anyone traveling to Athens. The museum shows real-life statues and pieces from the site and provides information about the ruins and the history behind them. My favorite part was going to see the actual Acropolis up close – It’s just a small hike, but the views are worth every step!

Artifacts housed in the museum.


The Acropolis in all its glory!


This is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus stone theatre located by the Acropolis.


  1. Delphi

The religious sanctuary of Delphi was very important back in the day and was sacred to the god Apollo. The ancient Greeks considered Delphi as the center of the world. It is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Athens and it is perfect for a day trip!


It was so amazing to see all of the ruins of Delphi and to imagine what it looked like in its prime!


This is a picture of what is left of the Oracle of Delphi.


  1. Arachova

Arachova is a small ski mountain town that is only a 10-minute drive from Delphi! Arachova was filled with winding roads, shops galore, delicious eateries, and overall breathtaking views. High-end ski shops and designer brands are sprinkled in with the old mom and pop butcher shops and cafes. It was a wonderful mix of the old and new.

Arachova is nestled in the gorgeous Parnassos mountain.


It was so fun to walk around and explore the streets of this wonderful town.


  1. Piraeus

Only a 20-minute metro ride from the center of Athens is Piraeus! Piraeus is Athens’s port where all of the ferries and ships come to dock. What motivated me to visit Piraeus was because I wanted to see the Mediterranean Sea in all of its beauty and boy it did not disappoint!

Our lunchtime view! They have many restaurants along the water to choose from.


Look how blue and beautiful the water is! I was amazed at the beauty of Piraeus.


Piraeus housed the local’s boats, as well as being a docking place for ferries and cruise ships!


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