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Greece's ancient capital is an open-air museum of history and stunning sights dating back over 2,500 years. Once home to Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, Athens is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation.

While the Acropolis towers above to serve as a reminder of Athens’ ancient origins, the modern-day city below offers a huge variety of contemporary comforts. You’ll find a wide range of trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs dotted throughout the centre, as well as the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the unique Technopolis complex.

Other points of interest include the beaches of Attica and the scenic National Garden just behind the Greek Parliament Building. This combination of age-old monuments, enticing cultural landmarks and natural scenery make the city a major hotspot for holidays.

Greeks also take an immense amount of pride in their cuisine, and once you've had a taste of their delicious dishes, it's easy to see why. Take a seat in a traditional taverna and order up some grilled souvlaki and anise-flavoured aperitif Ouzo. The centre is easily reached from the airport by metro, railway or express bus, but you'll also find plenty of taxis outside the terminal.

Tonight

From £8 per night

This weekend

From £17 per night

Next weekend

From £17 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.43
Language Greek
Average weekend price £99 per night
Average weekday price £98 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Athens reviews

What other travellers say about Athens

10

We love Athens!

8 August 2022

We love Athens! The Acropolis is incredible of course, as is the Acropolis museum. The markets are great and we enjoyed the vintage/ retro clothes shops. The other museums and archaeological sites are fantastic and there's so much to see just wandering the streets and knowing how much history there is with every step.

Patrick
Patrick United Kingdom
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We must admit that Athens central was very sad, run down,...

7 August 2022

We must admit that Athens central was very sad, run down, dirty and quite a disappointment. We were constantly being warned to be careful and were very aware of our safety, or lack of. Out of the city centre, it is a different story.

Russell
Russell Australia
10

Ancient City and lots of ruins to explore.

4 August 2022

Ancient City and lots of ruins to explore. Walking through history is made easier with a quick, clean and efficient Metro ride. If you are visiting the Acropolis an early morning visit is recommended before the cruise ship tours show up.

DusekArtDesigns
DusekArtDesigns United States
10

Such a great city!

4 August 2022

Such a great city! We chose a hotel right by the Plakka (the main tourist area) with views of the Acropolis. The red open hop-on hop-off bus stop was just down the street. We booked our tickets for the Acropolis and the museums online before we arrived so that we didn't have to wait in a queue. Would definitely recommend the red open hop-on hop-off bus for seeing the essential historic sights and getting to know the city. Would recommend the Acropolis (obviously) but go as early as you can and also the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, Monastiraki Square, the Ancient and Roman Agoras to start with. There is so much to see in this vibrant and exciting city.

Anna
Anna United Kingdom
10

M Greece, in general, is a beautiful country and its people...

3 August 2022

M Greece, in general, is a beautiful country and its people are kind and respect the guests, and are ready to help them. The archeological sights of ancient Greek civilization are amazing and well worth a visit... Restaurants, cafes, and bars are everywhere and the traditional Greek food is delicious and varied. Prices are generally moderate, there is no cheating or hidden additional costs. Transportation is available, whether by taxi, metro, or bus. The visitor can choose the hotel, restaurant, and transportation according to his budget ... The majority of tourists, whether in Athens or on the island of Santorini, are young people and of all nationalities, whether from Europe, North America or the Middle East ... In general, Greece is a country worth visiting.

Kashef Zayed
Kashef Zayed Oman
10

Sometimes taxi fares were inconsistent.

3 August 2022

Sometimes taxi fares were inconsistent. Athens has a lot to see. Although this time of year it was very hot, carry water, hat and sunscreen and you should be ok. There are great restaurants in the city. Views are wonderful. Overall, it's a great city to explore.

Mary
Mary United States

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