If you want to explore Athens off the beaten path to find some local insights, here are some lesser-known secrets of the historical city. Take your time exploring them, and you will have stories to tell when you get back home.
Dance the night away at Bouzoukia
A Bouzoukia is a Greek music hall and named after the Greek lute, which is one of the most common instruments used in Greek music. Plaka has several small Bouzoukias where locals sing Greek traditional songs and ballads while people eat. The singing and dancing are magical and a great way to experience Greek life. Visiting a Bouzoukia is typically a way of entertainment mostly for locals and those who want to discover Athens off the beaten path.
Explore architecture on Anafiotika
Plaka is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the world. Anafiotika is one of the peaceful and laidback areas in Plaka and is filled with a stunning array of passageways and blue-tiled roofs. You could also enjoy some magnificent views of the city and the sunset over the Acropolis from here.
Trek to Kaisariani monastery
Put on your hiking shoes and jump on a bus and head to the foothills of Mount Hymettus. Trek through the Pine forest to reach Kaisariani monastery, an 11th century Greek Orthodox Monastery. There are several exciting things to see here. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the nature, free from the city noise.
Observe traditional Greek lifestyle on Hydra
Hydra is one of the laidback islands on the Saronic Gulf which can be reached by jumping on Athens one-day cruise. The island has banned all automobiles. To get around, you can either walk or hire a donkey.