Solo Female Travel in Athens

Athens, the cosmopolitan heartbeat of Greece, is situated in the southern part of the country, blessing it with a Mediterranean climate perfect for exploration. This vibrant city is renowned globally as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. As you traverse the bustling city, you are constantly reminded of its glorious past, with references to Greek mythology tucked into its labyrinthine streets. It boasts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis, an ancient citadel perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city and showcasing iconic ruins such as the Parthenon, and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Visitors can also explore the world-class Acropolis Museum, dine in classy Greek tavernas, witness a performance at the ancient theater of Odeon of Herodes Atticus, or simply enjoy the pulsating nightlife in Psiri or Gazi. Athens is a timeless city offering a blend of history, culture, and modern energy.

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Safety:Safe

Athens, the capital of Greece, is generally safe for solo female travelers. The city has emergent crime rates that are no higher than an average European city. The public transportation is reliable and it's easy to travel around. Most of the locals are pleasant and helpful. However, like any other city, there are neighborhoods to avoid during night-time, pickpocketing and bag-snatching can occur. Therefore, it is advisable to be cautious, especially in crowded places and take the usual precautions that you would in any other city.

Transport:Moderate

Athens has an extensive public transportation system including buses, trams, and metro lines that connects most parts of the city. However, language can be a barrier, as not all signs have an English guide, and maps can be hard to decipher. Traffic can be quite chaotic and hectic, and navigating the city center can be confusing due to the narrow, winding streets. But generally, locals are friendly and assistive, making it easier to seek help when lost.

Things to do:Fascinating

Athens, the heart of ancient Greece, is a city steeply rich in history and culture. The city offers endless possibilities from exploring the iconic Acropolis and the Parthenon, to strolling through the Plaka district filled with quaint cafes and shops. Its National Archaeological Museum is a treasure trove for history lovers. For those who desire an artistic indulgence, do visit the Museum of Cycladic Art and the National Museum of Contemporary Art. Athens also has vibrant neighborhoods like Psyri and Exarchia offering a blend of traditional culture and a modern urban experience. Get a taste of Greek delicacies in local eateries or unwind at one of the spectacular beaches near the city. All these combined make Athens a fascinating destination packed with memorable activities for any traveler.

Food:Excellent

Athens holds a treasure trove of culinary delight, from fresh seafood and farm-to-table produce to savory meat and traditional Greek delicacies. Here you'll unearth an entire palette of unique flavors, beautifully blended spices, and high-quality ingredients in every corner of the city. The city offers an immense variety of food, enabling you to experience a different taste every day, making it a paradise for food lovers. From street food to high-end dining, every dish is prepared with an immense amount of love and passion, often following age-old recipes.

Budget:Moderate

Athens is considered moderately budget-friendly. Accommodation can range from affordable hostels to pricier hotels. Food costs are reasonable, especially if you choose to eat where the locals do. A variety of historical sites and landmarks are either free or reasonably priced. However, transportation and guided tours can add notable expenses depending on how much you travel within the city. Therefore, while you can have a budget-conscious stay, you may need to manage some aspects carefully to avoid overspending.

Is Athens worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 33 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.4/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

3.8/5
Lena

Lena

France

Group travel experience

Athens was an amazing place! Especially if you like to travel to cultural filled places, the ambiance was great and the food and people amazing! It was very hot as it was august but other than that a great experience, I would highly recommend it

Posted: April 19, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I really recommend athens I’m feeling so safe here and ppl are really helpful and friendly . Food is also great . Transport is easy I hope a safe trip for all of you much loveee

Posted: April 13, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Athens for three days about one year ago. I was fairly nervous before the trip. I found it to be extremely welcoming. I stayed in a hostel, which was a good decision. I joined a bicycle tour for three hours, which gave me an overview of the city. There was a time at night when I was out walking but I felt a little nervous. However, overall, the city felt very safe.

Posted: January 29, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Devin

Devin (34)

United States

Couple travel experience

Athens, Greece was the best trip yet! Met an amazing family and had a good time. Safety: totally safe. We never felt afraid. Everyone was welcoming and nice. It is also a fire arms free country. Things to do: too many things to do and see. We saw just a small part of Athens in a week. A month is needed to island hop or to get a lot more in. Greece has so much to offer from tours, beach days and food galore! The food was so good! Anything we ate was delicious with a variety of options. Transportation: use the metro. Easy and cheap with lines all over the city. Cars are not recommended if you’re staying in the city. Accommodations: we stayed at a (and I think it’s called) boutique hotel. It was a cool place and would recommend as it was pretty central. The rest of the time was at an air bnb. Overall costs: fairly cheap. Food was definitely cheap. Out stay was the most expensive part since we were there for 5 days. The excursions were also a bit costly depending on what you want to do. I do like to do hop on hop off bus tours because it gives you an idea of what’s around to see and do for them or later, for a cheap ride. Plus it gives you transportation for the day to get to those sites at no extra costs other than waiting for the next ride. Side note: I DON’T RECOMMEND THIS TOUR IN ROME. Too much traffic and not worth it. It’s faster to walk.

Posted: January 28, 2024Experienced: May, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Caroline

Caroline (30)

France

Solo travel experience

For my first travel alone, I stay 6 days in Athens. It’s a very beautiful city with amazing view. I feel safe but i don’t go anywhere at night 🙃 I sleep in a hotel next to acropolis so it’s a very good place to stroll all day long

Posted: January 27, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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İrem

İrem (31)

Turkey

Solo travel experience

I stayed at neighborhood named Gazi. It has night clubs, bars etc and mostly loud. Also late night you may feel unsafe here. Generally the good is good, people are nice. Acropolis is a must see, Plaka is a cute neighborhood but the city is not so promising.

Posted: January 22, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I highly recommend Athens for solo travelers. In just 4 days, I managed to see and do a lot. The city is very affordable and accessible. I also felt safe at all times, and the food was great.

Posted: December 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Exploring the local markets, like Monastiraki, introduces a sensory feast of colors and aromas. Greek cuisine, with its delectable moussaka and souvlaki, is a culinary journey not to be missed. To escape the hustle, Mount Lycabettus offers panoramic views, providing a serene respite. In summary, Athens, with its historical significance and contemporary charm, beckons travelers to immerse themselves in its unique blend of antiquity and modern life.

Posted: November 16, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I traveled alone to Athens last October and was delighted. Knowing English is enough to get around there easily. I used Google Maps to navigate and walk between the main tourist areas. I highly recommend starting your stay with one of the many free walking tours.

Posted: November 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I traveled to Athens alone last year. It's really a safe and friendly place, although very crowded with traffic. There are many tourists around. The metro is easy to use, and Uber works well. I didn't feel unsafe walking around at midnight. In Mets, Plaka, Monastiraki etc. there are always a lot of people. I recommend watching out for pickpockets and buying tickets for the Acropolis in advance.

Posted: November 9, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Local tips

Eleni

Eleni

Greece

Hello ladies, I hope you are doing all well! As an Athens_Greece resident, I want to tell that many places are safe to hang out, though greeks can do the cat call in specific areas. Definitely take care of your personal belongings on public transportation

Posted: February 12, 2024
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Stefania

Stefania

Greece

Yes, Athens is worth visiting. It is an amazing city that if full of vibrant culture, thousands of years of history, delicious food, and best of all- wonderful and friendly people. Overall I believe its safe for female travellers, although I wouldnt recommend wandering around any dark alleys or visiting omonoia square at night beyond the metro station area. Its best to stay within the crowded places. Always keep your bag infront of you and mind your belongings specially in the metro station. You must try the local food, like souvlaki or gyros you can find outside Monastiraki station (O Thanasis) where you can also try other local food like, saganaki, tzatziki, kebab, mousaka. If you want ice cream I recomment Da Vinci. You can try local sweets at Psiri area close to Monastiraki, walking distance. You can also drink coffee or drinks at night in one of the many coffee-bars that have a terrasse enjoying the view of Acropolis. Places to visit such as sites and monuments, are the Parthenon temple, the Ancient Agora and the temple of Hephaestus, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Zappeion Mansion (Athens' emblematic conference and exhibition center), the so-called Athenian Trilogy (consisting of the University of Athens Academy, and the National Library) as well as the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro (home of the first modern Olympic Games). I would also recommend talking a walk around the places monastiraki, Thisio, Plaka and all the way to Acropolis metro station. These places is where alot of locals also like to visit. I would say that Athens is more affordable to visit than the Greek islands. You have many choices and prices range accordingly to your needs. The metro (subway) is very convenient to use and thats what you pretty much need to go around and explore the city. I would recommend to stay close to the city centre to be close to everything.

Posted: October 12, 2023
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There are many places to visit in Athens or around Athens (suburbs, Greek Riviera, Sounio, etc). There are also many museums! Of course, you need to see the Acropolis (which is also a museum), the National Gallery, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and many others. You must try moussaka, pastitsio, fried zucchini and eggplants, gyros, souvlaki, pastries, loukoumades, galaktompoureko and many others. Ask a local resident where to eat well! Don't go to the crowded tourist area if you want to eat really well. Visit nearby islands such as Spetses, Hydra, Aegina.

Posted: October 29, 2022
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