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About Athens

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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 £15 per night

Next weekend

From £33 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit November–January
Local currency € 10 = £8.68
Language Greek
Average weekend price £64 per night
Average weekday price £66 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Athens reviews

What other travellers say about Athens


The Acropolis is a lovely historic wonder of the world

15 February 2021

The Acropolis is a lovely historic wonder of the world The Athenians have clearly forgotten the basics of manners , politeness , empathy and customer service . I would recommend seeing the marvels of the Acropolis and Parthenon in less than a few hours. Then leave the city . Sad but true

keith United Kingdom

Unfortunately, the purpose of my trip didn't allow me to...

2 February 2021

Unfortunately, the purpose of my trip didn't allow me to see much this time. It was a health matter, but as far as i know, and from this little i managed to see, Athens is worth to be visited any time of the year. Beautiful, elegant and shiny.

eleftheria Greece

A stunning city that at its centre incredibly mixes the...

6 January 2021

A stunning city that at its centre incredibly mixes the vibrancy of a capital with a natural beauty that surrounds you at all times. With beautiful, clear blue waters at the sandy beaches and several mountains overlooking the ancient city every day was breath-taking.

Chris United Kingdom

Love Athens hate the graffiti , it is easy to get around in...

26 December 2020

Love Athens hate the graffiti , it is easy to get around in normal times , in a pandemic we walked . lots of parks and little shady areas to visit , also we could find pastry shops selling great coffee with a window ledge to perch on very helpful staff everywhere . takeaways available for evenings Felt very safe , mask wearing and gloves in most supermarkets . Normally Athens is wonderful the museums , ancient sites cafes, people , at night and during the day has a lovey atmosphere

Rita Greece

Very energetic city with the friendliest Europeans I've...

24 November 2020

Very energetic city with the friendliest Europeans I've met. Lots of places to hang out and party with the locals. Excellent food and drink options. Charming ambience in the old town for casually walking around and people watching.

hooeezit Germany

Due to lockdown i had to cancel other journey in Greece and...

9 November 2020

Due to lockdown i had to cancel other journey in Greece and spend more time in Athens Its a good city to spend 3 or 4 days some monuments to visit, lots of nice shops with typical street business and coffe shops.a very live city with good public transportation metro,train etc

Nelson Tiago
Nelson Tiago United Kingdom

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