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Athens

Travel Guide

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

Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $151 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (988 reviews)
"Close to major sight seeing areas, outside cafes and parks."

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2021

Athens Gate Hotel
Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki
Fully refundable
The price is CA $275 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated in Spata-Artemida, 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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,976 reviews)
"I didn’t like the fact that there wasn’t a refrigerator in the room to store water and that there was no sheet to cover myself, just the comforter as a cover. I liked the cleanliness and spaciousness"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2021

Sofitel Athens Airport
Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $176 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
This family-friendly Athens hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Temple of Athena Nike and Acropolis Museum. Acropolis and Parthenon ...
4.3/5Excellent! (974 reviews)
"Themis, at the front desk greeted me and was always professional and kind. Andreas helped with my bags and helped me find a place to do PCR testing. The cleaning crew and room service were quick and professional. Overall my experience was excellent!"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2021

Divani Palace Acropolis
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.
Athens Studios
Athens Studios
4 out of 5
3A Veikou St, Makrigyianni, Athens, Attiki
The price is CA $86 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
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! (644 reviews)
"Very friendly and extremely helpful staff! We felt welcome and appreciated the spacious and well-equipped apartment (deluxe studio); and excellent location which we will frequent again!"

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 2021

Athens Studios
GK Airport Suites
GK Airport Suites
3 out of 5
Andrea Koumpi 24, Markópoulon, Markopoulo Mesogaias, Attica
The price is CA $187 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated in Markopoulo Mesogaias, this aparthotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre and within 9 mi (15 km) of Sanctuary of Artemis ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (200 reviews)
"I recommend it so clean"

Reviewed on Jul. 22, 2021

GK Airport Suites
Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel - FREE shuttle from the airport
Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel - FREE shuttle from the airport
3 out of 5
Serron 2, Neapoli Spata, Spata-Artemida
The price is CA $138 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Metropolitan Expo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Attica Zoological Park and Sanctuary of Artemis ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (77 reviews)
"Great experience overall, love the room, good air conditioner, friendly staff. Always willing to help."

Reviewed on Jul. 18, 2021

Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel - FREE shuttle from 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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