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Athens is where the age of antiquity meets the best of the modern world. All this against the backdrop of mountain and the crystal blue Aegean Sea, dotted with islands. There’s plenty to do, whether you’re a history buff, an art aficionado, or simply enjoy Greek mythology and the fantastic views.
Be forewarned that the days here can get hot after noon, especially during the height of the tourism season in summer. So, plan on taking your walking tours during the morning. After a strong cup of Greek coffee, head out to explore the many archeological sites in and around the city center. Visit Pnyx Hill, where great orators such as Aristides and Pericles impassioned their countrymen to take part in the world’s first true democracy. Stroll through the Ancient Agora, where Socrates and Plato walked in flowing togas, debating philosophy. Marvel at the remains of ancient temples dedicated to the gods of Mt. Olympus, as well as stellar views, atop The Acropolis.
There are plenty of museums and galleries to cool off in during the afternoons. The affluent downtown neighborhood of Kolonaki is home to high-end shops and restaurants as well as The Benaki Museum. Housed in a beautifully restored family mansion, this is a great place to get an understanding of the history and culture of Greece. The New Acropolis Museum, located in the historic area of Makrygianni, explores the art, culture and customs of the inhabitants of the Acropolis from pre-historic times through late Antiquity.
While the city can easily keep you busy, don’t miss taking a car or bus trip out to the countryside. The Temple of Poseidon is set on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea, on the picturesque Saronic Gulf in Cape Sounion. Delphi and some of the other islands are also close enough for a day trip. If you’re not too tired upon your return, check out the nightlife in and around Omonia Square.
Accommodation in Athens
Before you make the trip to Athens, make sure you visit the Expedia Athens lodging deals to explore the capital’s numerous convenient accommodation options.
Appearing in Athens's high-end range are the Grand Resort Lagonissi, 40th km Athinon-Sounio, and the Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort, Apollonos 40. In the same higher-end price range, there is also the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens and the Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort. The Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens is housed at 1 Vasileos Georgiou A' str, while the Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort is situated at 67 Km Athens Sounio Road.
Ancient Agora is on the to-do list for almost every visitor to Athens and staying within easy walking distance is a good way to ensure you get the chance to fully appreciate it. the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens is just 1 kilometre (1 mile) away. Equally popular is the AVA Hotel & Suites.
This eight-story hotel connected to the Athens International Airport features a modern, white exterior and is near the convention center and 35 kilometres from the historic center of Athens.
Situated in Rafina-Pikermi, this luxury villa is within 9 mi (15 km) of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, Attica Zoological Park, and Expo Athens. Rafina Port and Metropolitan Expo are also within 9 mi (15 km).
The Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch are directly across from this hotel, ideally located in Athens' historic district. The Acropolis, home to the Parthenon, is just 500 meters (0.3 mi) away.
Situated in Pallini, this luxury villa is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from McArthurGlen Designer Outlet and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Attica Zoological Park. Expo Athens and American College of Greece are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This luxury Athens hotel is located just in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Acropolis. Recently refurnished offers a variety of rooms and suites overlooking the Temple or the swimming pool garden.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maria Callas Museum, Syntagma Square, and Hellenic Parliament. Roman Agora and Monastiraki Flea Market are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Spata-Artemida hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet and Attica Zoological Park. American College of Greece and Expo Athens are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Neos Kosmos, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Onassis Cultural Centre, Acropolis Museum, and Parthenon. Filopappos Hill and Roman Agora are also within 1 mi (2 km).