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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.

Tonight

From £23 per night

This weekend

From £46 per night

Next weekend

From £39 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.59
Language Greek
Average weekend price £78 per night
Average weekday price £86 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Athens reviews

What other travellers say about Athens

10

Well, Athens is the Acropolis and the Parthenon as well as...

12 June 2021

Well, Athens is the Acropolis and the Parthenon as well as the surrounding small city streets Areopagus hill... Truly unique in the world and the views of the never ending buildings of the surrounding metropolis are breathtaking too... The surrounding areas are a pleasure to walk through with the never ending restaurants and market shops. Getting around the centre is a breeze on the Metro trains and taxi's are plentiful and cheap too. Even in the most run down streets I never felt unsafe.

Mr. H.I
Mr. H.I Ireland
10

It is a very vibrant city, lots of restaurants and bars.

12 June 2021

It is a very vibrant city, lots of restaurants and bars. The art gallery we wanted to see was closed. Two restaurants we had picked were closed. There was a strike demonstration which was very scarey and lots of armed police everywhere. The changing of the guards in Syntagma Square is amazing. We had been to The Acropolis before so didn’t go but could see it from our Hotel roof garden.

Paul
Paul Greece
8.0

Athens are really lovely city, you can get around well even...

9 June 2021

Athens are really lovely city, you can get around well even by public transport (it is possible to buy tickets for 5 days at quite nice price). For sure it is perfect for history lovers, full of nice museums and ladmarks. We have been also in the mountains and they are also very nice. Overall I recommend to be there 5-10 days max.

Ondřej
Ondřej Czech Republic
4.0

The center of Athens is not safe, only very few areas around...

8 June 2021

The center of Athens is not safe, only very few areas around Syntagma square and Plaka. The restaurants are very expensive, especially the "cheap" ones. That restaurant offers less according to their prices. It is more preferable to go to the "expensive" restaurants are more fair for what they offer. In general, Athens it is not an European city it is much lower level. But still is very unique the center with their antiquities. The rest of the city is absolutely unfriendly, huge and dirty.

Paschalis
Paschalis Greece
10

Athens is a great city, lot of history, amazing views, nice...

7 June 2021

Athens is a great city, lot of history, amazing views, nice beaches and awesome food. I was also impressed by the fact that people respected anti-covid measures, in public transport and in crowded areas almost everyone wore a protective mask (there were exceptions, of course, but very few). Public transportation is very good, we bought a 5 days card and used it every day on buses, trams and metro (even to Piraeus). The food was amazing, we have eaten traditional greek food and fish&seafood. We have drank greek wine and it was great. Excelent icecream at Davinci Gelato (they have many locations).

CarmenT
CarmenT Romania
8.0

The Greek economics surely has an impact on Athens.

7 June 2021

The Greek economics surely has an impact on Athens. The city is a bit of a mess but that is also the charm of it, i guess. I didnt expect a London Paris Barcelona, but the local government needs to improve its act to make the city more appealing. Traffic is an absolute mess, the kind you see in developing countries, not an eu member state which receives billions of eu infrastructural funds. It is a poor city having the charm of a poor city.

Alfons Benjamin
Alfons Benjamin Netherlands

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