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About Athens

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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.


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Most popular time to visit August–October
Cheapest time to visit April–June
Local currency € 10 = £9.03
Language Greek
Average weekend price £98 per night
Average weekday price £99 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Athens’ contemporary arts scene: A photo journal

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Athens reviews

What other travellers say about Athens


Acropolis is amazing but we had an unexpected rainstorm...

10 August 2020

Acropolis is amazing but we had an unexpected rainstorm whilst there which made the steps very slippy . I fell over and ended up getting stitches in hospital So wear good shoes. Changing of guard on Sunday was crowded but they do a changing every hour which was much less busy so I would recommend going at another time Don’t trust websites with opening times All shops, bakeries, pharmacies were shut on Sunday. It is a fab city. Jaw dropping amount of history. Metro very clean and efficient

donna United Kingdom

Athens is a relaxing place, we felt safe in Maroussi, it...

10 August 2020

Athens is a relaxing place, we felt safe in Maroussi, it seemed fine to walk around at night. The weather in August is very hot and there are plenty of cafes in Maroussi centre. I have been to Maroussi before and enjoyed it. Central Athens near the Pathenon is busier as youd expect and the threat from pick pocketers is real. But if you keep your wits about you, you will be fine. The Acropolis museum is worth visiting but like all these famous places it costs about €25.

Andrew United Kingdom

The good points were Acropolis, Agora,The Temple of Zeus,...

7 August 2020

The good points were Acropolis, Agora,The Temple of Zeus, Areopagos, Lycabettus Hill, Plaka is the area to visit at night and there are some lovely restaurants to choose from some with great views of the Acropolis. Nice , but very dirty City.

Goran Switzerland

It was my first time in Athens and it will not be my last!

3 August 2020

It was my first time in Athens and it will not be my last! I had a list of places to see from friends and everyplace we went was better than the last! The food is unbelievable! Make sure to try the local foods!

Penny Canada

A unique city centre that waits for you to explore it,...

3 August 2020

A unique city centre that waits for you to explore it, breathtaking antiquities, beautiful coastal areas further south and on the southeast. On the negative side, specific downtown areas can be less than ideal for nighttime wandering.

Georgios Greece

The best time for exploring Athens is from 6pm onwards -...

28 July 2020

The best time for exploring Athens is from 6pm onwards - Walk through the less empty Acropolis and its museum (last admission - 19.30), have a drink at a rooftop bar and watch a sunset. Then chose any downtown restaurant for dinner, many have live music and a view on Acropolis. And keep exploring the rooftops! The downtown is quite safe to walk around at night.. During the day (before 6pm) its too hot, too crowded.. and too many people selling things...

Iryna Germany

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