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About Athens

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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.


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Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit March-May
Local currency € 1 = $1.12
Language Greek
Average weekend price $125 per night
Average weekday price $123 per night
Average stay 2 nights

Points of interest in Athens

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Best Athens brunch spots

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A seasonal guide to Athens

With a warm climate and Mediterranean sensibilities, Athens shines no matter the month.

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Athens’ contemporary arts scene: A photo journal

Glimpsing the venues that are bolstering Athens’ contemporary art renaissance.

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Athens reviews

What other travelers say about Athens


Quite rush and noisy city rather suitable for experienced...

July 1, 2020

Quite rush and noisy city rather suitable for experienced tourists.A lot of walking needed. Suggested for shopping and tasty local food however difficult to find the proper shops and restaurants without advice

demetris Cyprus

A lot to see, sites are all very close but it’s a great city...

June 24, 2020

A lot to see, sites are all very close but it’s a great city to walk, explore and eat. The coffee is amazing and the price is cheap especially if you go to the little local non tourist areas. There are some incredible cafes with middle Eastern cuisine which have some of the best food I’ve ever eaten.

Stacey United States of America

Athens is a must to go to the Parthenon.

May 20, 2020

Athens is a must to go to the Parthenon. Agora is great, and if you are a classics or archaeology teacher, you will enjoy the city. If not, get out ASAP and hit the mountains, coastal cities, and beaches. There is a new small museum near a Socrates site in Athens. One of the best museums there after the Parthenon. Other major museums have good contents, but not always great educational displays or information in English. Beaches in Athens are not that great, and you need to pay to get in. Day trip to Delphi was long, but worth the views. Sparta, not so much. Make sure you hit the islands.

Anonymous United States of America

We had to cut our trip short and flew bak to USA due to the...

March 30, 2020

We had to cut our trip short and flew bak to USA due to the coronavirus crisis. Greece shut down almost everything, evtually hotels, airports, and ferries. We couldn't continue our trip. We hope to return to Greece in much better times.

Victoria United States of America

Athens is an extremely walkable city with an excellent mix...

March 19, 2020

Athens is an extremely walkable city with an excellent mix of ancient ruins, museums, restaurants, and modern shops. We especially loved the layout of the Acropolis Museum. Another highlight was watching the sunset as we hiked up Lykavittos Hill.

Andrea United States of America

We had three full days to take in the sites which can be...

March 14, 2020

We had three full days to take in the sites which can be experienced on foot. Loved our neighborhood of Plaka and enjoyed several small restaurants by locals that had been a part of the neighborhood for many years. Most everyone spoke English and was kind. Much of Athens is lined with marble steets and walkways which can become slick while wet so keep that in mind when packing shoes. Take an umbrella as rain showers can pop up, and dress in layers as the temp. changes throughout the day. If you purchase a monuments and museum ticket (30 euros) for five days; keep in mind that you are only able to visit each venue once. That's not on the signage, nor were we told in advance. We would had stayed longer at the Acropolis had we known.

GinainBelgium United States of America

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