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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 $19 per night

This weekend

From $44 per night

Next weekend

From $52 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.16
Language Greek
Average weekend price $120 per night
Average weekday price $119 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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It was great.

October 25, 2021

It was great. I spent most of my time in the Plaka. You can find little tavernas to have dinner at, and there are lots of nice shops. I got the combo ticket to see all the historical sites and it was good but go early because they're crowded by 9.30!


Athens is like a partner of life .

October 25, 2021

Athens is like a partner of life . you cand can't like if you don't love!!! although Athens is full of foregin and ileagal people and nor pleasant views still, the traditional local people are good and friendly and it makes the good time . in order to know Athens you must walk and see other neigborhoods, Athens is not only Syntagma , Ermou or Omonia with Monostiraki . Once you walk around very fast you learn the main routs of the city. Food and restaurants - most of the wellknown restaurants are recomended (beside the CHEF restaurants which are excelent) do not hasitate to eat in MONOSTIRAKY , Bairaktaris or Thanasis they are very recomended.

Benet Israel

A is for Athens is centrally located and easily accessible...

October 24, 2021

A is for Athens is centrally located and easily accessible to literally everything in Athens. The roof top is gorgeous at night (or any time) and the staff is amazing. This is a bargain for the amenities that are offered. It is a bit noisy at night since you are right in the heart of town so you might need to use the ear plugs they provide if you are a light sleeper.

Karen United States of America

Nice views, cheap food drinks and transport.

October 23, 2021

Nice views, cheap food drinks and transport. High use of English. Good value. I wouldn't take a 1 day boat trip to any island from Athens. The closer islands to Athens are not that pretty.

Colin United Kingdom

There is a huge amount to do in and around Athens.

October 22, 2021

There is a huge amount to do in and around Athens. Also there are many wonderful restaurants. English is spoken most places. The hop off bus was an excellent buy and good way to get a sense of the city. We used it a lot. Traffic is horrendous as is parking. We recommend walking or using public transport.

Joan United States of America

Must stay in the heart of Athens to enjoy the hustle bustle.

October 21, 2021

Must stay in the heart of Athens to enjoy the hustle bustle. We stayed for 3 days and kept the pace really slow and relaxed. Spent time going to a few historical attractions, but mostly soaking in the atmosphere, chilling in cafes, and enjoying the mid-October weather: 17-22 degrees.

Omer United Arab Emirates

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