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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
Beautiful fun city with great historical monuments.The financial difficulties that Greece are in are evident so it's important to research the area to stay in and take care as you should in any city.
Mark
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
The museums and archaeological sites were amazing. Very friendly city. Highly recommend mystic pizza for the food and the ambience.
Jenny
United Kingdom
18 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Great if you are a classical history buff and love ruins and museums. Others may find it looks like a building site at many of the museum venues!!!
Julie
United Kingdom
18 February 2017
10
Exceptional
The best City in the World. Business, Culture, Museums, Shopping, Gourmet food, Perfect outdoor food, Lifestyle, Nightlife, Nature, Value and choices for everyone
michalis
Cyprus
19 February 2017
8
Very good
If you go with car, expect big trouble with parking, take in advance location of some parking garage, which are not so expensive if you take few days parking. Do not use car in city, take location in city center, everything is reachable by walking.
Saša
Serbia
19 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Athens

Electra Palace Athens

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 2,206 reviews

£113

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Sofitel Athens Airport

8.7 Fabulous

Score from 4,563 reviews

£149

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  • “good connection to airport”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Royal Olympic Hotel

8.3 Very good

Score from 4,908 reviews

£80

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  • “amazing views”
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Amalia Hotel

9 Superb

Score from 4,294 reviews

£75

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  • “location was great”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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The Athens Gate Hotel

9 Superb

Score from 1,668 reviews

£80

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  • “amazing views”
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  • “location was great”
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Electra Hotel Athens

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 2,050 reviews

£82

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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Herodion Hotel

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 1,756 reviews

£61

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  • “location was great”
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Hotel Fresh

8.6 Fabulous

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£69

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  • “wonderful staff”
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Adrian Hotel

8.4 Very good

Score from 1,482 reviews

£42

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  • “location was great”
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Discover Athens

Popular neighbourhoods in Athens

Syntagma

75 properties

Syntagma is the core of modern Athens. You can still get your fill of tradition with the change of the Presidential Guard in Syntagma Square. However, if you're enticed by the likes of H&M, Zara and Attica (the indomitable Greek department store), head in and around Ermou Street. Later on, try a local street-food specialty: pork souvlaki.

Koukaki

63 properties

Below the Acropolis, Koukaki's Dionysiou Areopagitou promenade is a welcome escape from the city's rumbling automobile traffic. The area underwent a facelift with the arrival of the ultra-modern Acropolis Museum, but Koukaki retained its unpretentious feel. To this end, try the fresh grilled fish from taverna To Kati Allo right behind the museum.

Plaka

62 properties

Plaka’s appeal lies in its village-like atmosphere. Its small lanes are lined with 19th-century houses, enticing cafés – and a fair few tourists. The Acropolis is the area’s showstopper, but spare some time for the smaller spots. The 4th-century Monument of Lysicrates is worth a stop, as is Hadrian's, and an amble through the National Gardens.

Glyfada

49 properties

Welcome to glitzy Glyfada – home of the chic and distinctly international. The area’s shops and restaurants once catered for a now long-gone US military base, but the spoils are great – TGI Fridays and an array of swanky fashion outlets are in the vicinity, as are sizzling nightspots along the beach facing Posidonos Avenue. Get ready to splurge!

Psiri

43 properties

Psiri is a quiet inner-city suburb with little to do during the day. However, the volume goes from mute to full blast at night. Locals roll in and out of low-lit bars onto the expansive terraces, and live music fills the air. For a bite to eat, try the typically Greek mezes at Mavros Gatos – think octopus, tzatziki, eggplant, cheeses and more.

Kolonaki

26 properties

Bish, bash, shop! Kolonaki makes it easy to exercise your credit card. Those with money to burn can flit from Gucci to Dior with Athenian yupsters and hipsters, and relax with a coffee on a shaded terrace. It’s also one of Athens’ loveliest walking districts. Kolonaki’s tree-lined streets work their way up Lycabettus Hill – amble up the paths for panoramic city views.

Metaxourgeio

23 properties

Metaxourgeio is getting Athens hot under the collar. This powerhouse of trendy bars and galleries attracts a young crowd, and is a hipster hang-out par excellence. Wander past its gardens, warehouses and tavernas to get a taste for the area's mish-mash of styles. Bohemian and industrial, it's a tight bundle of all things alternative.

Ilisia

19 properties

Ilisia is known for its low-key vibe. However, some cultural gems are dovetailed in the hodge podge of hi-rises. The Byzantine and Christian Museum’s collection spans millennia, while the Gounaropoulos Museum houses the 19th century artist’s dreamy paintings. If all else fails, dinner at The Hilton’s Galaxy Restaurant will dazzle, as the area’s haute-cuisine star.

Palaio Faliro

18 properties

Palaio Faliro's sun-bleached apartment blocks face their backs to Athens and look out to sea. The beach is there if you need a dip, but most summer visitors to this part of town are there for nocturnal pursuits. The beachfront avenue Paraliaki is a mecca for nightlife, with flashing strobes and pulsating beats playing 'til dawn.

Kifissia

14 properties

Many wealthy Greeks live in this quiet city suburb. Above the city's dust and heat, Kifissia offers an escape full of Sunday morning coffees and the melody of birdsong. Stroll the promenades and browse boutiques. But whatever else you do, don't leave before trying some creamy galaktoboureko (milk pie), from Varsos pastry shop.

Monastiraki

14 properties

Monastiraki is known for its market. Shop benches spill with tat and treasure onto the streets. Scrounge for a handbag, violin, pint-sized Zeus or rare 12” vinyls of Nana Mouskouri (Greek Goddess of Song) – all to the sound of wizened old buskers strumming a tune on their ‘bouzoukis’. Doesn’t that sound like a fun way to spend a day?

Vouliagmeni

14 properties

Can't handle the heat of the city? Lucky you're in Athens then, because the beaches of Vouliagmeni are only a tram-ride away. Home to the city’s elite, you'll find chic hotel bars and cabana-lined beaches. The best public beaches are the coves between Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, where you'll see a lot of Athenians enjoying a dip.

Chalandri

6 properties

Chalandri has developed quite the reputation among the northern suburbs. This modern area is a burgeoning leisure hub, with the new Golden Hall Mall and hip hang-outs, like Theory Bar or Ancho Mexican Grill. Head here for the cluster of shopping streets around Dourou Square, and enjoy the open-air concerts at the Theatro Rematias.

Local tips for Athens

Athens Clue
Alexandros by Alexandros

Alexandros was a professional teen chess player and enjoys any 'problem-solving' activity.

Whether escaping from a mad scientist’s lab or rescuing a kidnappee is your game, Athens Clue is the place to be! In this real-life mystery game, you'll have to work as a team, sharpen your wits, solve the riddles and most of all - escape on time!

  • Two locations: Diocharous 11 and Leoforos Vasilisis Amalias 26, Athens.
  • athensclue.gr
  • Open Monday–Friday 13:00–23:00, Saturday–Sunday 11:00–23:00.
Flisvos Marina
Vicky by Vicky

Vicky loves travel, cinema, food and wine, and her motto is "seize the day".

Flisvos Marina is ideal for a walk on the promenade right by all of the luxurious yachts. There's loads of stylish cafés, cocktail bars and restaurants, as well as high-end shops. Grab an ice-cream and sit on the seafront benches to enjoy the sunset with Piraeus as the backdrop.

The Mall Athens
Atalanti by Atalanti

Atalanti loves world travel, meeting new people and exploring local markets.

Just next to Neratziotisa train station, The Mall Athens has around 150 shops to choose from. You can catch a film at the multiplex cinema, chill out at one of the cafés, or grab a bite to eat at the top floor restaurants and bars.

  • Andrea Papandreou 35, 151 22, Marousi
  • www.themallathens.gr
  • Open Monday–Friday 10:00–21:00, Saturday 09:00–20:00.
National Garden & Aegli Zappeiou
Stella by Stella

Stella has a passion for acting, impersonations, wordplay, and is a TV show addict.

Located right behind the Greek Parliament, the National Garden can be your ideal escape from the busy city. A gate connects it with another treasure, the neo-classical Zappeion Gardens and the open-air Aegli Zappeiou cinema with its bar and restaurant.

The Art Foundation - TAF
Villy by Villy

If you don’t find Villy travelling, then she'll be doing yoga, reading, or watching action films.

Don’t miss The Art Foundation, aka TAF, on Monastiraki Square. The building is an old Athenian courtyard surrounded by houses built in 1870. You can relax with a coffee or have a bite to eat, then explore the buildings which are now home to exhibitions and various installations.

Attica Zoological Park
Ioakeim by Ioakeim

Ioakeim loves to discover a city's hidden character through its most vibrant areas.

The Attica Zoo has more than 2000 animals belonging to 350 different species. It opened initially as a Bird Park, hosting the 3rd largest bird collection in the world. The zoo still has its 3 impressive walk-in aviaries representing 3 continents in miniature.

  • At Yalou, Po Box 38, Spata, 19004
  • www.atticapark.com
  • Open Monday–Sunday 09:00–17:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
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Recommendations for Athens

Take the city sightseeing tour for €18 which gives you a 24 hour ticket to hop on and off at all of the tourist spots. Very informative and provides a good way to see all of the city sights when only staying for a day or two.

Booking.com asked travellers...

Why would you recommend Athens for food?

eat around monasteraki, plaka, sit with the crowd, enjoy the food in athina's market.. eat lunch and drink coffee around acropolis or dine in in the acropolis museum restaurant. nice food, good atmosphere.

This is the friendliest city I have ever visited....shops, restaurants, museums...wherever you go, people are welcoming and helpful, without pushing for a sale

This is a personal choice, the scope in the city stretches far and wide. Read some good reference books and decide which site is most appropriate.

The new museum at the Acropolis is a must! Fantastic.Could have spent a couple of days there rather than a couple of hours.

The Parthenon & Acropolis Parthenon museum is very informative a must visit a a great view of the Acropolis

Temple of Zeus, Acropolis/Parthenon, Ancient Agora

History all over!

Platanos Taverna

Transport

Athens transport

Air - Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos

Eleftherios Venizelos is the biggest and busiest airport in Greece. The quickest way into the city is by hopping on a metro. These leave every 30 minutes, cost EUR 10 and take 40 minutes to reach Monastiraki Station. The bus stops are right outside the Arrivals terminal, offering a slower but also cheaper (EUR 6) connection to various destinations in the city. If you prefer taxis, they cost around EUR 35 for a 20-minute ride, but bargaining a lower fare is not unusual!

  • Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport
Ferry

Located in the southeast of Athens, Piraeus Port is the biggest commercial and passenger port in the country. If you are planning on visiting any island in the Aegean, this is the perfect starting point. The port is around 20 minutes from the centre by car, and you can also get there both by metro (Green Line for EUR 1.40), suburban railway (cost depends on your starting station) or bus (X96 from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport for EUR 6).

Bus

Buses can take you to every corner of Athens, but you need to be patient for 2 main reasons – they don’t come often and then the traffic can get pretty hectic! Tickets can be bought in tram and metro stations, or at newspaper kiosks in the street. A city trip with the colourful, open-topped bus is a great way to see Athens, and costs EUR 18 for a 90-minute trip.

  • OASA (Athens Urban Transport Organization)
Taxi

As with many cities, taxis are the most expensive way of moving around Athens. They can be found everywhere and their bright yellow makes them easy to spot – you can usually just hail one from the roadside or head to a taxi rank. Alternatively, you have taxis at your fingertips via the apps “taxibeat” and “taxiplon”.

Car

You can access Athens by car via E75 from the north, and via Attiki Odos from the west (the same avenue that takes you to Eleftherios Venizelos Airport). During rush hour traffic can be an issue, especially in the centre. However, a car can be a huge time-saver, in case you wish to explore the suburbs or any nearby destinations. Renting is possible at the airport or from various companies all around the city.

Metro

Metro is the fastest way to get around Athens, especially in the centre, offering access to most major landmarks and hot spots. It runs daily between 05:30am and midnight, and until 02:00am on Friday and Saturday. It costs EUR 1.40 for an unlimited 90-minute ride (so you can use the same ticket for buses and trams) and tickets can be bought in all stations or newspaper kiosks. Beware of the Green Line as it is somewhat slower!

Tram

Tram is the most recent addition to public transport in Athens, having been revived in 2004. It connects the city centre to the coastal regions of Vouliagmeni, Voula and Neo Faliro. Even though it requires more time to travel around, the views along the coastline are a must-see (Tram 3).

Suburban Train

Consisting of 2 train lines, the suburban railway offers connection from Athens City and Piraeus Port to El. Venizelos Airport and the nearby towns of Halkida and Kiato. Tickets can be bought online or the counters in every station.

Food in Athens

Top restaurants in Athens

Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Oxo Nou
  • Emmanouil Benaki 63-65, Athens, 10681
  • Open Monday–Sunday 13:00–01:30
  • 0030 210 3801778
Good value
International
Zahari ki Alati
Good value
Greek
Yiantes
Good value
Spanish
Salero
Good value
Middle Eastern
Alexandria
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Taverna Klimataria
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Barbagiannis
  • Emmanouil Benaki 94, Athens, 10681
  • Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-00:00
  • 0030 210 3824138
Good value
Greek
Ama Laxei
Good value
French
Chez Violette
Good value
Italian
Il Postino
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Avli
  • Agiou Dimitriou 12, Athens, 10554
  • Open Monday–Sunday 12:00–02:00
  • 0030 2103217642
Good value
International
Mama Roux
Good value
International
Black Duck
  • Christou Lada 9, Athens, 10561
  • Open Monday–Thursday 09:00–02:00, Friday 09:00–03:00, Saturday 09:00–04:00, Sunday 17:30–02:00
  • blackduck.gr
  • 0030 210 3234760
Good value
Mediterranean
Seychelles
Good value
Thai
Tamarind
Good value
International
Tranzistor
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Oinopoleio
Good value
Greek
Stou Korre
Cheap 'n' tasty
American
Rock & Balls
Cheap 'n' tasty
American
Hot Hot Burger Bar
High-end dining
European
Aleria
High-end dining
Mediterranean
Scala Vinoteca
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Manas Kouzina-Kouzina
High-end dining
Greek
Aleria
Cheap 'n' tasty
Greek
Enastron
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