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Athens: the city's best neighbourhoods

Find a great area to stay in Athens

About Athens

Including tips for the best time to visit Athens

Greece's ancient capital is an open-air museum of history and stunning sights dating back over 2,500 years. Once home to Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, Athens is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation.

While the Acropolis towers above to serve as a reminder of Athens’ ancient origins, the modern-day city below offers a huge variety of contemporary comforts. You’ll find a wide range of trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs dotted throughout the centre, as well as the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the unique Technopolis complex.

Other points of interest include the beaches of Attica and the scenic National Garden just behind the Greek Parliament Building. This combination of age-old monuments, enticing cultural landmarks and natural scenery make the city a major hotspot for holidays.

Greeks also take an immense amount of pride in their cuisine, and once you've had a taste of their delicious dishes, it's easy to see why. Take a seat in a traditional taverna and order up some grilled souvlaki and anise-flavoured aperitif Ouzo. The centre is easily reached from the airport by metro, railway or express bus, but you'll also find plenty of taxis outside the terminal.


From £19 per night

This weekend

From £39 per night

Next weekend

From £39 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.93
Language Greek
Average weekend price £74 per night
Average weekday price £77 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

Points of interest in Athens

Stay near the top sightseeing spots in Athens

Latest articles featuring Athens

Inspiration and insider tips for what to do in Athens

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 travellers say about Athens


People are great and polite.

20 May 2020

People are great and polite. Prices are high as you would expect in a major capital city. Road users are considerate (no blasting of horns). Lots of police about. Drug users openly taking drugs on the back streets. The metro runs from/ to the airport.

Patrick Kazakhstan

The capital of Greece so many things to do so many places to...

24 March 2020

The capital of Greece so many things to do so many places to go. History all over. Day life is a bit difficult if you drive so prefer public transport. Night life is perfect. Regarding the food even the most demanding tastes can be satisfied.

tavernaris Greece

A city full of contrasts.

22 March 2020

A city full of contrasts. I recommend the old town, other parts of the city are very neglected. Amazing views from the hills, great riviera and super tasty cuisine. A good place for trips to other parts of mainland Greece and more.

Paweł Poland

People say you can do Athens in 2 or 3 days.

20 March 2020

People say you can do Athens in 2 or 3 days. That's true if you rush through the sites and museums at break neck speed. A week lets you relax and explore. Plenty of day trips e.g. down the coast to Glyfada, Vouliagemis Lake and Temple of Poesoidon; or ferry to one of the islands. The host is very helpful with advice and arrangements. Alternatively you could easily spend a week trying the cafés, bars and restaurants. An excellent city to spend time in - especially in Spring.

Jam United Kingdom

Athens is one of my favourite cities to walk through and...

20 March 2020

Athens is one of my favourite cities to walk through and just get lost. Watch out fr your bags (as in most european cities) but enjoy the history you find at every turn, and the cool bars/cafes that have popped up all over the city. Its a place to explore and to fall in love with its rough edges.

Anonymous Australia

A busting and vibrant city with lots to offer for a weekend...

18 March 2020

A busting and vibrant city with lots to offer for a weekend city break. Bar and restaurant scene is amazing with some excellent variety and choice. The Acropolis and Olympic stadium are of course a must see as is the central municipal food market, an amazing sight to see. People were exceptionally friendly everywhere we went and overall prices were very reasonable. I highly recommend a visit, spring time is good as the temperature was perfect and comfortable.

Alan United Kingdom

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