After 4 days of exploring small cities/towns, we finally arrived in Pireaus, the gateway to Athens from sea. Yes, finally in Athens —- a BIG city! We couldn’t wait to go visit the Acropolis, eat more Greek food, and go shopping! Although the port was pretty far from Athens, we still managed to commute to the metro. We rode a bus, a train and walked a little bit to get to the central.
The downtown area was fun and it had great energy. We dropped by a few of our favorite retail shops — H&M, Zara, Bershka, etc.It was overwhelming to finally get to shop after 4 days of no commercial stores.
After lunch and shopping, it was time to see the Acropolis.
That’s the Acropolis, alright! We really had to figure it out on how to get there. It looks impossible to ride a train, and we didn’t want to ride a bus either. Our solution? Walk.
We talked for about 25-30 minutes to get to the top. We got lost along the way, but that didn’t stop us from reaching the Acropolis.
It was worth the climb to witness the majestic ruins of the Parthenon & the Erechtheion. BUT… yes a big but— there is a downside, prepare to be with a couple thousand of tourist. It is a mess of people! You also need to pay for admission, and then walk up the stairs to the top.
It was one of our least favorite stop of the trip. Athens isn’t that fancy, and it’s pretty run down, so other than the Acropolis, there isn’t much there to offer other than a big city.