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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 £23 per night

This weekend

From £47 per night

Next weekend

From £47 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.90
Language Greek
Average weekend price £85 per night
Average weekday price £86 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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A seasonal guide to Athens

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Athens’ contemporary arts scene: A photo journal

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What other travellers say about Athens

8.0

Amazing history with lots of postcard photo material.

17 June 2019

Amazing history with lots of postcard photo material. However, we were pickpocketed on the Metro which was a major inconvenience - very slick operation involving multiple people. Sadly when we went to the police station to report it, we found ourselves with many others in the same predicament. My advice: don't ride the Metro, and be careful with all your belongings.

Anonymous Hong Kong
10

Where to start.

17 June 2019

Where to start. The two main museums, the bustle, and the sites only before read about. So What sandal shop, they'll last a lifetime. The wonderful people, service and food. The one day trip to the islands. The four bronze statues in the Piraeus museu .......

michael
michael France
10

We stayed in Athens 2 times during our Greece trip Upon...

16 June 2019

We stayed in Athens 2 times during our Greece trip Upon arrival we stayed 3 nights in an apartment in the Plaka area, Plaka Architect Apartment Dedalou, Athens, 10558, Greece which was very nice and close to the Hop on bus stops as well as restaurants. At the end of our trip we stayed in an apartment for one night near the airport. Panorama Penthouse & Studios Themistokleous 20, Voula, Voula, Athens, 16673, Greece which was one of the most beautiful apartments I have ever seen with magnificent views, and the owner could not have been more helpful.

Barbara
Barbara USA
8.0

I enjoyed visiting all the historical sites and loved our...

16 June 2019

I enjoyed visiting all the historical sites and loved our "Urban free walk tour" with Vasilis as he filled in the gaps in our knowledge of Greek history and showed us some places we would not have thought of going to.

Neela
Neela United Kingdom
8.0

Dirty sidewalks, lots of homeless.

16 June 2019

Dirty sidewalks, lots of homeless. Was not happy to see, that such an ancient and glorious city, craddle of the European civilization could be that much affected by the everlasting greek economical troubles...

Peter
Peter Slovakia
10

The whole historic centre is full of great places to eat and...

16 June 2019

The whole historic centre is full of great places to eat and drink. The prices are low (except typical tourists traps) and they often have live music. Not to mention all the historic and archaeological must-see bits that are just stunning.

Michalina Rusinek
Michalina Rusinek United Kingdom

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