Athens Travel Guide

Athens Travel Guide

Athens is a city full of life and is breathtakingly well-endowed with cultural and historical attractions:

Athens is charming, challenging and captivating, with legendary attractions, many of which are conveniently clustered within walking distance of the landmark Acropolis. The wondrous remains of classical Greece are an eternal draw card for travellers, but Athens also boasts a unique modern atmosphere and plenty of appeal for foodies, fashionistas and party-animals with some great restaurants, diverse shopping opportunities, and an energetic nightlife.

A holiday in Athens, with its hectic traffic and frenetic pace, may be too daunting for very young children or those that can't abide crowds and bustle, but anyone with a taste for classical history, colourful street markets, and tasty Greek specialities will revel in exploring this ancient city.

Best time to visit Athens

The winter months are the best time to holiday in Athens if you want to miss the crowds, get the best hotel deals and don't mind the odd shower; however, the most popular months to visit are the summer months of July, August and September. The summer months can be hot and muggy, so make sure your hotel room has air conditioning. We think the best time to travel to Athens is in spring or autumn, when the weather is still warm but most of the tourists have gone. Read more on Athens' Climate and Weather.

What to see in Athens

-Lose yourself in one of the best museums in the world: The National Archaeological Museum.

-Wander through the ruins of the Ancient Agora, where Plato and Socrates once spoke.

-Visit the breathtaking Benaki Museum.

-Enjoy a sunset and spectacular views from Lykavittos Hill.

What to do in Athens

-Relax in the lush National Gardens for a break from the heat and crowds.

-Go shopping and dining out in the historic neighbourhood of Plaka.

-Watch the traditional change of the guard at Syntagma Square.

-Take the kids to Allou Fun Park for thrills and giggles.

Beyond Athens

Athens is the travel hub of Greece and boasts the third largest passenger port in the world, providing the perfect means for visitors to island-hop to their heart's content. The famously lovely Saronic Islands are all an hour or two away from Piraeus Port by boat and Cape Sounion is a very popular day-trip from Athens. There are also many wonderful excursions out of Athens into mainland Greece, including trips to the mysterious site of Delphi, and the splendid Monastery of Daphni.

Getting there

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, often just called Athens International Airport, is the main gateway to all the delights of Greece and is situated 20 miles (33km) southeast of Athens city centre. Get more information on Airports in Athens.

Did you know?

-Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a history dating back at least 3,000 years.

-Over 40 percent of the Greek population lives in Athens.

-Athens is considered the birthplace of democracy.

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Gianns was born and raised in Athens and has always felt a strong urge to travel. He loves discovering new places and cultures and never tires of exploring Athens.

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