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 $14 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 $36 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 $15 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 $7 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 $25 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 $33 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||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.04|
|Average weekend price||$118 per night|
|Average weekday price||$118 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
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.
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.
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
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 .
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…
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
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