Athens

Travel Guide
Acropolis showing night scenes, heritage elements and building ruins

This sparkling white, world-class city will take your breath away with dazzling hilltop views of the mountains and sea, and glimpses into the age of antiquity.

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.

Where to stay in Athens

The Stanley
The Stanley
4 out of 5
1 Odisseos Str., Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $90 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Omonia Square, Syntagma Square, and Ancient Agora of Athens. Acropolis and Parthenon are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (666 reviews)
"Good location, good Breakfast clean room. The shower is too small ."

Reviewed on Nov. 17, 2021

The Stanley
Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $127 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps from Greek Evangelical Church, Arch of Hadrian, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Theatre of Dionysus and Museum ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (966 reviews)
"Good place and has a good view but the room is small"

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

Athens Gate Hotel
Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki
The price is CA $220 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Metropolitan Expo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Factory Outlet Airport and Attica Zoological ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,850 reviews)
"We had two bags of food that needed to stay frozen and cooled and the staff put them in the freezer and refrigerator overnight for us. We always stay here when we have an early flight. It’s a wonderful hotel."

Reviewed on Dec. 4, 2021

Sofitel Athens Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel
Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Serron 2, Neapoli Spata, Spata-Artemida
The price is CA $89 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Metropolitan Expo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron and Factory Outlet ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (117 reviews)
"Shuttle from the airport is free - you just call them and they get you! $15 to ride to the airport. The driver also offered to drive us to nearby restaurant on the water for $10 round trip (much cheaper than taxi). They room was bright and clean and they had breakfast ready in the fridge and counter ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2021

Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel
Urban Nest - Suites & Apartments
Urban Nest - Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
30 Karaiskaki, Athens
The price is CA $104 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in Athens City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monastiraki Flea Market and Ancient Agora of Athens. Syntagma Square and Acropolis ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (206 reviews)
"Walking distance to almost everything; Plaka, Acropolis, Agora, etc. The staff are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable of the area. They helped arrange for taxicab pickups, laundry and make an appointment for Covid testing. Their breakfast is superb! If you want a quiet place but need some lively ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2021

Urban Nest - Suites & Apartments
Acropolis View Deluxe Penthouse & Luxury Apartments
Acropolis View Deluxe Penthouse & Luxury Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Falirou 3, Athens
The price is CA $132 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 7
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Acropolis Museum, Acropolis, and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Parthenon ...
5/5 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
"Would highly recommend this property to anyone staying in Athens. Anny was wonderful and so helpful during out stay. She went above and beyond and helped arrange transportation and tours and gave excelled restaurant and sight seeing recommendations. We loved the option for a 3 bedroom apartment for ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2021

Acropolis View Deluxe Penthouse & Luxury Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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