"Delos - Views and ruins just a half day-trip away!" Athens Off The Beaten Path Tip by profuselycool
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Ok so while Athens has ridiculous amounts of historic sights and scenes, there is a very worthwhile half day-trip to take. Head down to the main docks where you'd catch a ferry to any of the islands, and there will be several different times a day in which a ferry will be offering fares to Delos, which is a small island visible off the coast of Athens. I think the ride took 30-45 minutes if memory serves correctly.
Anyways, you (and about 100 other ppl on the ferry?) will be privvy to some of the most complete and preserved ruins in Greece! Delos was an old merchant island that went uninhabited, and there's tons of cool stuff to check out here. Foundations from housing plots are still erect, you can make out the squares and gardens that graced the wealthier homesteads, and there is a fantastic hike up a sizeable hill in the center of the island. This was certainly a hightlight- do the hike! It's way less than an hour from the docks to the top of the hill, and the view of the whole Aegean and distant Athens landscape is SO WORTH IT. If theres only a few things you do while in Athens, go to the parthenon, temple of poseidon, and DELOS!
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