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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

Plaka which includes street scenes, night scenes and dining out


4.5/5Wonderful!(92 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are a few things travelers love about Plaka. Check out Roman Agora or Adrianou Street while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Akropoli Station to get around town.


Top Hotels in Athens

Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki
The price is CA $210 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in Spata-Artemida, this luxury hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Metropolitan Expo, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Factory Outlet Airport and Vorres Museum. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,210 reviews)

"An excellent hotel for an overnight stay for connecting flights/ferries etc very convenient! It was a bit disappointing that the restaurants were closed for breakfast & dinner due to covid the smaller snack bar outside was open on a restricted menu. Breakfast was served in your room which was good ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2020

Sofitel Athens Airport
The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
The price is CA $79 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Athens Central Market and Ermou Street. Syntagma Square and Monastiraki Flea Market ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (102 reviews)

"Ιt was the best hotel I ve ever been! Super staff , great location , stylish suites , delicious breakfast , breathtaking Acropolis view , excellent wine bar at the roof top We will definitely come again"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2020

The Pinnacle Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $219 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Maria Callas Museum, Syntagma Square and Ermou Street. Hellenic Parliament and Roman Agora ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,164 reviews)

"Great location within walking distance of everything. Comfortable clean rooms. Food and drink was expensive but this is to be expected. Service could’ve been better - reception staff were not overly welcoming."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Electra Metropolis Athens
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.

Vacation Rentals in Athens

Athens Mosaico Suites & Apartments
Athens Mosaico Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
8 Myrrinousion & 2 Samou street, Metaxourgio, Athens
The price is CA $88 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 20

Located in Athens City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Theatre of Greece and Omonia Square. National Archaeological Museum of ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (193 reviews)

"Our family stayed here during our recent visit to Athens. It was a great choice! The apartment/suite was spacious, clean and updated. The front desk was very helpful and welcoming. The location was convenient to restaurants, the metro and the pickup for our tours. I definitely recommend this ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2020

Athens Mosaico Suites & Apartments
Athens Studios
Athens Studios
4 out of 5
3A Veikou St, Makrigyianni, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $37 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in Athens City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Acropolis Museum, Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Parthenon and Syntagma ...

4.1/5Very Good! (634 reviews)

"This was an excellent place to stay. Extremely clean and safe. Very close to restaurants and shopping. Also within walking distance of the Acropolis and other attractions. The Wi-Fi was great. I would recommend staying here."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 24, 2020

Athens Studios
Comfort Stay, FREE shuttle from - to the airport
Comfort Stay, FREE shuttle from - to the airport
3 out of 5
Agrafon & Chiou 7, Spata-Artemida
The price is CA $80 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in Spata-Artemida, this aparthotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Metropolitan Expo, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Attica Zoological Park and Sanctuary of Artemis ...

4.3/5Excellent! (23 reviews)

"for a property close to the airport it was excellent. price very good. offered a lovely meal. room had everthing we needed including food for breakfast. shuttle service to airport next morning very early and efficient. pretty place. highly recommend if you need a cheaper airport hotel."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2020

Comfort Stay, FREE shuttle from - to the 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.

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Reviews of Athens


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5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 48.28125%
4 - Good
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3 - Okay 8.4375%
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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 12, 2020

Recommend taking a walking tour as it brings life to the temples and artifacts that you are looking at. It's worth the cost to hear the history and myths of Athens.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 4, 2020

Athens is a magical place to be .

4/5 - Good

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Jan 27, 2020

Great visit! Weather was great and everything was walkable!

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 17, 2020

Love Athens.Great dining and n nightlife

5/5 - Excellent


Jan 3, 2020

Been in Athens five times and love it more every time I visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 17, 2019

We loved it. Very scenic, safe, friendly, and affordable!

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