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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.


From $12 per night

This weekend

From $34 per night

Next weekend

From $34 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.04
Language Greek
Average weekend price $118 per night
Average weekday price $118 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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We walked everywhere, but the metro is cheap and easy to use...

November 28, 2022

We walked everywhere, but the metro is cheap and easy to use, also a great way to get to/from the airport. Food was very nice, and reasonably priced at locations not in the major tourist areas, much like other big cities. I had vegan food, and the happy cow app was full of great places to eat, highly recommend Veganaki. People friendly and helpful . Would recommend the two day pass for the big red bus tour, this takes you to the beach as well as around the city. Would recommend Lycabettus Hill, but do not pay the 20euro for the cable car up and down, much better to slowly stroll up. Excellent views from the top.

Alison United Kingdom

We found Athens to be beautiful and clean.

November 27, 2022

We found Athens to be beautiful and clean. We were only here for one day but we were able to see everything we wanted to see with time left over. We visited the Acropolis, Mars Hill, the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and shopped and ate on the Grand (Pedestrian) Promenade. We ate at Louis Bistrot and it was very good. We actually had extra time and explored Attica, the Harrods of Athens.

Elizabeth United States of America

Main purpose of the visit was to see family, but central...

November 25, 2022

Main purpose of the visit was to see family, but central location was perfect, easy access from the airport and to the Metro system, the Flea market literally 2 minutes away, great tavernas and shopping again just around the corner. As for Athens, what more can you say, the heart of democracy, the Acropolis, the fabulous new Acropolis museum, Antiquities, Lycabetus Hill, art galleries, Plaka, the food, excellent metro system, just fabulous

Takis United Kingdom

Athens is a wonderful city with many different aspects...

November 25, 2022

Athens is a wonderful city with many different aspects beyond the obvious. Once you have seen the Ancient Greek monuments and visited the new Acropolis museum (a must see in my view) I would recommend seeking out the smaller museums I am always surprised at the insight obtained from visiting these locations (and they tend to be very reasonably priced. Allocate quite some time for just wandering through the back streets of Plaka and enjoy stumbling upon unrenovated gems .

Christina Greece

Athens is always a great place to visit, this time it was...

November 24, 2022

Athens is always a great place to visit, this time it was far too short: but Acropolis nearby makes it a wonderful stay already. Many small shops and restaurants as well, with excellent food. Looking forward to return soon! Just avoid metro at rush hours, it was packed to the brim…

Tomasz Belgium

Athens is fantastic if you are interested in Greek culture,...

November 22, 2022

Athens is fantastic if you are interested in Greek culture, history, archaeology, museums, art, galleries, sights, scenery and places to explore, walk and hike - even for those interested in shopping and food and drink

Andrew and Macie
Andrew and Macie United Kingdom

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