Luckily, the top attractions in Athens, old and new, are within a compact area and easy to see on a short visit.Check into a hotel handy for all the sites: 'AthenWas, a 27-room luxury design boutique hotel opened in 2015, is within yards of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.Every room has a shady terrace. It's popular, so worth booking online ahead of time. Travel Man: 48 Hours in... For more information on all the two-day destinations that Richard has visited, head to the website. Travel Man: 48 Hours in... (2015– ) Episode List. Once you're refreshed, hunt for Anafiotika, a magical "island" neighborhood hidden against the slopes of the Acropolis. It's up a wide set of very worn marble stairs and through a gateway known as the Propylaia. Most of the shops in Plaka stay open until at least 8 pm — some to 10 pm — so you have plenty of time to explore. Lalaounis, who died in 2013, was an internationally acclaimed goldsmith and sculptor in precious metals. by Katherine Poseidon and Katia Mavrikou. 3:15 p.m.: When workers began to excavate the foundations of the Acropolis Museum, they discovered an unknown Byzantine street and a complete street of domestic houses from the classical period. You can try to book, but your best bet is to get there before the main dinner crowd arrives at 10 pm. But why not save the strong drinks for later. Still, sitting in the shade of palms and fig trees, while statues peer out from under the greenery is very pleasant. Its exhibits include 3,000 items from 50 collections as well as temporary exhibitions from all over the world. Discover the city’s rich history, enjoy some incredible food, and get boozy in the city’s best bars. Athens is a multifaceted global city with rich cultural treasures, a great foodie scene and energetic vibe. Find out when Travel Man: 48 Hours in Athens is on TV. They set out their daily specials in glass cases, but if you've just arrived in Greece, steer clear of the food on display and go for freshly grilled fish, souvlaki, gyro or kebab and a Greek salad. Richard Ayoade returns, delivering the definitive guide to a minibreak in Switzerland's largest city. It's tiny and popular so book ahead. There are several lovely shaded paths down through the agora from the temple to the Stoa of Attalos. Richard and comedian Aisling Bea make a whirlwind tour of Hungary's fairytale capital, with selfies, goulash, cake, pubs, liquor, and a game of chess at the thermal baths, Richard and Lena Dunham fast forward through Tenerife, with a visit to a volcano, some stargazing, a sculpture tour, layered coffee, a spot of golf, and a whale hunt, Richard and Rhod Gilbert's high-speed visit to Florida's famous hot spot takes in art, art deco, alligators, speedboats, an airboat tour of the everglades - and dominoes. Richard Ayoade is joined by Matt Lucas, for a frenetic 48 hours in the eternal city, Rome. Get an early start to avoid the biggest crowds and the heat of the day. . 12 noon:  There are two garden cafes in the archaeology museum, one in an internal courtyard, the other in an outdoor garden. 48 Hours in Athens may not sound like enough time to explore this historic city but if you follow our recommendations, you can certainly see plenty in a short amount of time. This two-story building with its columned portico and tile roof was a sort of antique shopping mall, circa 159-138BC with 21 shops on each floor. The Parthenon, atop the Acropolis Hill, looks down on the Parthenon Gallery, built to house the marbles from its frieze. Richard and comic actor Jessica Knappett tour the White Isle of the Med - taking in some alfresco art, deluxe cocktails, an exclusive supper club and a hippy gong bath, Richard and Eddie Izzard take in lovely Ljubljana; local tapas and orange wine; and make a trip to the stunningly beautiful Lake Bled, Richard and comedian Morgana Robinson tour a sweltering Milan, taking in paintings, a musical pasta-making lesson, and a drink in the smallest bar in the world, Comedian David Baddiel joins Richard Ayoade for a seasonal minibreak, visiting world-class wonders, jaw-dropping deserts and over-salted seas, as they follow in the footsteps of prophets and legends, Comedy goddess Dawn French joins Richard in Athens for some ancient history, doughnuts, molecular food, ouzo, and a radical pedicure involving a toothless fish. Athens Day one 11:30 a.m.: Spend some time browsing the Museum Shop. Richard and Alice Levine - DJ, broadcaster & podcaster - do Estonia's capital in 48 hours - including the most see-able sights, some nosh at its top restaurant, and a stroke of Sean Connery's face. He was to Athens what Tiffany was to New York, Cartier to Paris, Bulgari to Rome. This is the oldest surviving theater in the world. The small museum inside has materials excavated in the Agora, including ostraca, the inscribed clay potsherds used to vote in the world's first democracy. S8, Ep2. It was abandoned as a gasworks in the 1980s. Richard goes to Vienna with comedian Chris O'Dowd to sample the sausages, cakes, wines and spirits. I spent 48 hours in Athens, Greece and documented my trip to show you places to eat, sightsee, and traditional markets. Have a glass of wine here before heading in search of lunch. (only the church is higher). FOLLOW TRAVEL MAN ON FACEBOOK. 22 Apr. Crossposted by u/[deleted] 1 year ago. The gift shop, also near the kiosk, has some nice merchandise inspired by artifacts excavated from the site. But the real knockout draw of this place is the view of all of Athens spreading out below it. Richard and comedian Katherine Ryan take a fast and funny trip to New York. Check into a hotel handy for all the sites: Athens can be very hot and dry during the popular vacation season from June through September. Richard Ayoade does Dubrovnik with comedian Stephen Merchant, including a Game of Thrones tour, a buggy safari, and a ferry to the cursed island of Lokrum, Richard and Lou Sanders do a two-day blast round Bergen, including a gastronomic adventure, Norway's fastest zipline, some odd architecture, and a live-action museum, Richard and Joe Wilkinson whizz round the historic Polish city, stopping for some baking, local dumplings, art nouveau, vodka, salt mines, showcase socialist realism, and a bit of soldering, Comedian Ellie Taylor joins Richard for a two-day meander around Madrid, following an itinerary rich in art, history, histrionics, some vermouth, and plenty of ham. Orizontes Lycabettus is at the top of the rocky outcrop called Lycabettus Hill. Here you can buy, clothes, food, sweets and baked goods, beads and jewelry, antiques, furniture, ceramics, souvenirs, musical instruments, handmade sandals, textiles, candles, soaps — pretty much everything imaginable. Allow about an hour. ... 48 hours in . There's excellent browsing for traditional furniture and European bric-a-brac. The market's shops, stalls and stands are sheltered beneath awnings that reach across the narrow lanes, almost touching in the middle. The current building was reconstructed from existing ruins by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in the 1950s. Where Are the Temples to Greek Gods and Goddesses? 8-8:30 a.m.: If you are in Athens for the first or the fifteenth time, a visit to the Acropolis is a must. And it was the only gasworks in Europe undamaged by Nazi bombs; they had a soft spot for the Parthenon, less than a kilometer away, and wanted to spare it. Richard Ayoade and Bob Mortimer go for a spin round cosmopolitan Hamburg. Their goods pour out onto the streets. It's stuffed with high-quality reproductions, artwork and sculpture, endorsed by the Greek Ministry of Culture, as well as less expensive books, prints, postcards, and small gift items. Even if you hate shopping, the people watching and photo opportunities are superb. SERIES 7. SERIES 1. It may be on the tourist trail but it has loads of fans — including the locals — and it puts you in the perfect spot for the rest of the afternoon without having to worry about travel arrangements. And that's been proven at almost every Metro station built for the Athens Olympics in 2009. This is the place. It doesn't matter how many pictures of the Parthenon you've seen in books, brochures and postcards — when you walk through those gates and see it for the first time it looks, at once, exactly as you expected and so much better than you ever imagined. Home / Series / Travel Man: 48 Hours in... / Aired Order ... Athens Richard Ayoade returns with the offbeat tourism show and is joined in the first edition by comedy actress and writer Dawn French, with the pair spending two days in the Greek capital. SERIES 2. Their overflowing schedule includes skyscrapers, roller blades, museums, ferries, show-tunes and cronuts. Temple of Apollo at Delphi: The Complete Guide, Greece's Saronic Islands: The Complete Guide, Visit Greece and Turkey Cruise Ship Ports of Call on Celestyal Cruises, Small Sailboat is Great Way to See the Greek Isles, Explore the Mountains, Castles and Coasts of the Southern Peloponnese, Athens to Istanbul on the Azamara Journey, 48 Hours in Athens: The Perfect Itinerary. Walking Tours in Athens. SERIES 6. city break. It's mentioned in the Greek tragedy, the Oresteia, as the place where Orestes was tried for the murder of his mother and her lover. Your best bet is to get back on the Metro at Omonia for the 4 minute trip on the Red Line (M2) to Acropolis Station. The pair also take a hot-rod tour, visit a fairground, the Freud museum and the city sewers. At least 48 hours. It was once Athens's gasworks complete with industrial storage tanks, gasholder, pipeworks, lights and towers. There are many on offer, and these provide a great way to get to know the city better. Read our Telegraph Travel expert guide to a weekend in Athens, including the best places to stay, eat, and drink as well as the top things to do. There's a lot to see. Rather than excavate the archaeology and then bury the ancient site in the foundations of the new building, they designed the museum to float above it on pillars. They aren't. Dawn French. Their overflowing schedule includes skyscrapers, rollerblades, museums, ferries, showtunes and cronuts. You can buy a multi-day ticket for all the monuments on the Acropolis as well as the Ancient Agora and several other archaeological sites and museums at the ticket office here. Well, you should really spend some time in Athens then. But finding the treasures in Athens oldest continuously inhabited area is worth a little effort. It's also the location of a great place for lunch — Café Avissinias. The food is Greek, specializing in mezes with Asian and Balkan influences. British comedian Richard Ayoade and a celebrity guest, usually from the comedy world, spend 48 hours in a popular city to discover the must see tourist attractions. It's a multi-purpose, design, art and music venue, and museum that, with its abandoned gasholder and massive, red floodlit chimneys, is a focal point of the neighborhood. Joining Richard to sort the worthwhile from the worthless is comedian Rob Beckett. Athens is one of those cities that you have to visit at least once in your lifetime. There are fantastic hotels to stay in, restaurants to dine and spend time at and of course awesome sights to see. The Ancient Agora is a quiet, green space overlooked by the Temple of Hephaistos, said to be the best-preserved temple of ancient Greece. Today, Gazi is a buzzing hive of restaurants, bars, dance and live music clubs that come to life when the sun goes down and heaves with people — Athenians, tourists, old and young (though it's not particularly family friendly). This family-owned restaurant is in a prime location on pedestrian Makriyianni Street. Episode guide, trailer, review, preview, cast list and where to stream it on demand, on catch up and download. 9 p.m.: Gazi is Athens's hip new arts and nightlife district. 2019 Porto. Cocktails have recently become fashionable in Athens, and there are some great rooftop bars where the views of the city at night are splendid. . 48 Hours in Athens – Sleep, Eat and Play. Its boxy little, whitewashed houses, with blue painted shutters and pots of geraniums, are arranged along narrow lanes that end abruptly and staircases that lead nowhere, spreading up the northeast corner of the Acropolis. Travel Man is back! Day 1: 9:00 – 13:00. Leave the Ancient Agora onto Adrianou Street, near the Stoa of Attalos. Or you can dine out in style; shop for the latest contemporary design; see cutting-edge art exhibits and dance the night away at a techno rave. Start your 7-day free trial Learn more. Drinks at the GB Roof Garden Bar, on the 8th floor of the swish Hotel Grande Bretagne in Syntagma Square, may be on the pricey side, but to see the Acropolis light up as the sun sinks behind it is worth paying a little more for a drink. 36 Hours in Athens From the ancient Acropolis to a daring Renzo Piano-designed cultural center, the Greek capital is luring record numbers of tourists to explore its monuments, new and old. The museum, housed in his former workshop, is now run as a non-profit cultural and education institution. SERIES 4. Spend 48 hours in Athens and you can experience some truly fascinating history; ancient architecture and archaeology; spectacular views; magical, scented pine woods. 7:30 p.m.: Time for drinks and dinner. Travel Man: 48 Hours in... Richard Ayoade takes a ruthlessly efficient approach to travel, covering everything top tourist destinations have to offer in just 48 hours. Beside the Parthenon, there are two other significant temples on the Acropolis dedicated to different aspects of Athena and built during the Golden Age of Pericles in the 5th century BC: Before you leave the sacred rock, take some time to enjoy the 360-degree views of Athens, its thousands of whitewashed houses splashing like seafoam over the landscape and its steep hills. Richard Ayoade and Mel Giedroyc do a Paris le weekend, with snails, absinthe, a cordon bleu cookery course, bespoke perfume and an art tour, Comedian Noel Fielding joins Richard for 48 fast and funny hours in the Danish capital, with cycling, sightseeing, art, sandwiches, beer and rollercoasters, Richard and Greg Davies attempt to extract the essence of Moscow in two days, as they clash with army tanks, head into space and visit one of the strangest circuses in the world, Richard Ayoade heads to southern Spain with comedian Rob Delaney from Catastrophe, where they eat tapas, learn to dance flamenco and go a bit Wild West, Richard and Jo Brand do a fast, funny and ruthlessly efficient trip to Venice, learning to row a gondola, sampling Venetian tapas, and staying at the famous Hotel Danieli, Richard stretches the description mini break to the limit as he heads to the United Arab Emirates for a luxury bonanza with comedian Johnny Vegas, Richard heads for super-cool Berlin with comedian Roisin Conaty, taking in the city's famed nightlife, Checkpoint Charlie, fancy food, and a replica Cold War apartment. Wear sturdy shoes and carry at least two bottles of water — once you enter the World Heritage sites, there won't be any place to get a drink before lunch. To get around quickly, try Lazaros Mavrakis's motorbike tours via dopios.com . It's the center of Monastiraki's antiques market. You can treat yourself with the money you've saved by not buying tacky souvenirs in Plaka. These are the lanes and streets of Anafiotika. Regeneration began in the 1990s with the creation of Technopolis City of Athens. People also watched. There's a model workshop on the ground floor where a jeweler makes small items and demonstrates ancient techniques. The first 24 hours. Sooner or later, most visitors head there only to be disappointed by how touristy it is, with its seemingly endless souvenir shops all selling the same things. 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