0.3 miles from city centre
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.
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7.3 miles from city centre
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 £25 per night
0.6 miles from city centre
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 £12 per night
0.9 miles from city centre
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 £6 per night
1.1 miles from city centre
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 £22 per night
4.9 miles from city centre
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 £26 per night
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.
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|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||November–January|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.68|
|Average weekend price||£64 per night|
|Average weekday price||£66 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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