Greece has experienced financial turmoil, and while it continues to stabilize, tourism benefits both the country and frugal travelers alike. Sightseers will love the all-inclusive ticket for about $35 that gives you access to an incredible range of archaeological sites, including: Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North Slope of the Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, and South Slope of the Acropolis.
When you’re ready for a little less structure, peruse the souvenirs in the Monastiraki district just under the Acropolis, see a performance at the Dora Stratou Theatre, and stroll the narrow streets of Pláka, the oldest neighborhood of Athens, taking in the neoclassical houses, shops, restaurants, and ruins from the Roman era. Foodies will love visiting Varvakeios Central Market, which is the city’s central market where you can peruse the food stalls selling meat, fish, vegetables, and more. For an unpretentious fish taverna that’s affordable, check out Atlantikos. For a hip yet relaxed environment, check out Cabezon, which offers lively and pleasing outdoor seating. For an affordable boutique-y lodging choice, stay at Alice Inn for about $76 a night. Or enjoy stylish rooms and suites in the elegant Royal Olympic Hotel for $175 a night.