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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 $21 per night

This weekend

From $42 per night

Next weekend

From $48 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit December-February
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language Greek
Average weekend price $116 per night
Average weekday price $116 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

It is a special city with a positive atmosphere.

November 13, 2018

It is a special city with a positive atmosphere. It offers a lot to visit and to do. The view from the Acropol on the whole city was magnificent. The Acropolis Museum has a rich and interesting archeological exhibition which was great. The people I met were nice and friendly. There is a small place in the corner of Ermou and Athinas streets where you can eat diferrent crepes (pancakes), I had a sweet one which was really tasty. Definitely I will return to Athens one day.

Attila
Attila Poland
10

Many new cafes and restaurants have opened up including...

November 11, 2018

Many new cafes and restaurants have opened up including rooftop views that Athenians eat at. Good museums such as the Benaki, National Archaeological, Acropolis, etc. a A 5-day travel pass for 9 euros entitles you to travel on metro, buses, trolleys and trams. Athens was voted 2018 cultural innovation capital of Europe. The weather is warmer around 20 c with sun.

CarolParaskevi
CarolParaskevi United States of America
10

Athens is an amazing, bustling city.

November 10, 2018

Athens is an amazing, bustling city. It has a nice blend of archeological sites as well as great, modern shopping and restaurants. We LOVED our 5 days there. It’s an excellent start (or end) to grabbing a ferry or cruise ship on your way to see lots of the other spectacular Greek islands. We found the Greek people to be warm and welcoming and the food was so fresh and tasty! Athens can be crowded, so I recommend visiting in the shoulder seasons. We had great weather in October, no rain and low humidity. We had no problems with theft and felt safe walking everywhere. We put in about 6-8 miles a day walking and exploring many areas of the city. We also found it very affordable compared to other European cities. Definitely a strong recommendation to take an extended vacation in Greece, including a start or finish in this fun city! You’ll have a blast!

Teresa
Teresa United States of America
10

Athens is by far my absolute favorite place I’ve been.

November 6, 2018

Athens is by far my absolute favorite place I’ve been. I wish I could live there, and am actually considering buying property there. The people are so friendly, the streets are always lively, and the food is amazing. Of course the siteseeing is incomparable to anywhere else, and the sea is invigorating. I love love LOVE Athens and all of Greece!

Lace
Lace United States of America
8.0

Historical sites are wonderful.

November 5, 2018

Historical sites are wonderful. Traffic is terrible. Be careful when taking taxis. Many are unlicensed and will attempt to rip you off. Make sure driver speaks your language, check for a meter and GPS. If driver wants a higher price than is reasonable, ask for a receipt. They MUST oblige.

Anonymous United States of America
8.0

Athens is a buzzing city with many nice people

November 2, 2018

Athens is a buzzing city with many nice people and good food in many different kinds of ethnic restaurants, relaxed atmosphere. Getting around Athens was difficult for us as we don’t know Greek. In the subways the signs were spelled differentbways even in Greek. But the people were kind and helpful.

stanley
stanley Nicaragua

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