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Greece's ancient capital is an open-air history museum featuring breathtaking landmarks dating back over 2,500 years. Once home to Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it's no wonder why Athens is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilization.

While the towering Acropolis is a reminder of Athens’ ancient origins, the modern-day city offers a huge variety of contemporary comforts. You’ll find chic cocktail bars and exciting nightclubs throughout the center, plus the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the incredible Technopolis complex.

Other points of interest include Attica’s beaches and the scenic National Garden right behind the Greek Parliament Building. This incredible blend of ancient monuments, exciting cultural landmarks, and natural scenery makes Athens the perfect destination for all travelers.

Greeks take an immense amount of pride in their cuisine, and as soon as you try some of their delicious dishes, you’ll know exactly why. Grab a seat in a traditional "taverna" and order up some grilled souvlaki and a glass of Ouzo – an anise-flavored aperitif. You can get to the center easily from the airport by metro, train or express bus, and you'll also find plenty of taxis outside the terminal.

Tonight

From $13 per night

This weekend

From $34 per night

Next weekend

From $48 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.12
Language Greek
Average weekend price $106 per night
Average weekday price $106 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Athens reviews

What other travelers say about Athens

10

The new Acropolis museum is fantastic.

December 7, 2021

The new Acropolis museum is fantastic..architecture and exposition The visiting of the Acropolis is unforgettable The little restaurants in Plaka are unique There are many places to visit, the people very friendly and helpful. We felt very safe day and night ...

Rude81
Rude81 Switzerland
10

Athens is vibrant and creative.

December 5, 2021

Athens is vibrant and creative. The Greek people are friendly and helpful. Great variety of bars and restaurants to choose from simple hole in the wall inexpensive eateries or bars to high end restaurants with excellent food. Sometimes the service is slow which is unfortunate. So much to see and do. Athens requires more than one visit! Very inclusive, inspiring city. See the museum of Cycladic Art. Visit Plaka and Psiri. Checkout the Monastiraki flea market on Sundays.

Anonymous Greece
10

We were very surprised by how friendly and helpful everyone...

December 4, 2021

We were very surprised by how friendly and helpful everyone in Athens is. We travel a lot, and we have interacted with a lot of people all over the world. Kudos to everyone in Athens for being so nice!

Kamalsalim
Kamalsalim United States of America
10

A lively city full of things to do, many restaurants to...

December 1, 2021

A lively city full of things to do, many restaurants to choose from, I felt pretty safe, although precautions must be taken, as in every major city. Historical sites and museums are well kept. People were friendly for the most part. Great city to visit again!

Daniel G
Daniel G United States of America
8.0

Stayed in Plaka.

December 1, 2021

Stayed in Plaka. Very close to historic sites and museums. Amazing architecture. Near parliament building. Watched several changing of guard ceremonies. Reveled in this early, advanced civilization. Lots of squares, gardens nearby. Loads of restaurant choices. Many shopping options. Big city, but didn't feel so big. Something for everyone English spoken. Took advantage of tours and hop on hop off buses. Off season=less crowds. Longer stay and a little closer to high season-we would have visited many further sites. Fast taxi transport from airport although saw many traveller's getting off metro from airport. Buses, trams, light rail, metro...

burgess
burgess
10

The historical sights were impressive- it was easy to get...

November 30, 2021

The historical sights were impressive- it was easy to get around on the metro and food was good with plenty of choice of good restaurants We ate at Bandiera 3 times-great Greek good with a slightly modern twist and Thanasis twice because we enjoyed their salad n Slovaki soo much!! Acrópolis was breathtaking and Mount lycabettus was worth the climb- the view was spectacular!! A few dodgy looking areas but we didn’t encounter any problems Shopping was good and market stalls were interesting

Annie
Annie United Kingdom

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