0.3 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $15 a night
7.3 miles from downtown
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!
Places to stay from $32 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $16 a night
0.9 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $8 a night
1.1 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $27 a night
4.9 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $34 a night
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.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.12|
|Average weekend price||$106 per night|
|Average weekday price||$106 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
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 ...
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.
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!
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!
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...
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
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