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 $15 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 $34 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 $16 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 $8 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 $28 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 $35 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||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.16|
|Average weekend price||$120 per night|
|Average weekday price||$119 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
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 . 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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