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Athens
Travel Guide

Acropolis showing heritage elements, a ruin and heritage architecture

This southern European city offers spectacular hilltop views, a fascinating history and some of the most striking architecture in the world.

Athens is where ancient Greece meets the best of the modern world. Whether you want to brush up on your knowledge of ancient history and Greek mythology, or just learn about a new culture, Athens is the perfect destination.

After a cup of strong Greek coffee, head out to explore the many archeological sites in and around the city center. Visit the Pnyx and the Areopagus, where impassioned speeches and sermons have been given over the centuries.

Stroll through the Ancient Agora and the Academy of Athens, on the site where Socrates and Plato walked in flowing togas, debating philosophy. Marvel at the remains of ancient temples dedicated to the gods of Mount Olympus and take in stellar views from atop the Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus. Visit the neoclassical trilogy, a group of three buildings located in central Athens that are considered to be exceptional examples of neoclassical architecture.

Days can get hot here in summer, but there are plenty of museums and galleries in which to keep cool during the afternoons. Visit the affluent downtown neighborhood of Kolonaki, 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 area from pre-historic times.

While the city can easily keep you busy, don’t miss taking a trip out to the countryside. The Temple of Poseidon is set on a rocky hilltop on the picturesque Cape Sounion overlooking the Aegean Sea and the Saronic Gulf. Delphi and many other islands are close enough for a day trip, and if you’re not too tired upon your return, check out the nightlife in and around Omonia Square or the charming Plaka.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Athens page.

Where to stay in Athens

Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is $110 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
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! (990 reviews)
"Rooftop restaurant bar was incredible"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Athens Gate Hotel
Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki
Free Cancellation
The price is $200 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 19
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! (2,082 reviews)
"Very polite and nice staff, very clean , excellent service and best location before traveling so close to the airport"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Sofitel Athens Airport
Electra Palace Athens
Electra Palace Athens
5 out of 5
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is $189 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Adrianou Street, Syntagma Square, and Ermou Street. Acropolis and Hellenic Parliament ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"It is good old hotel with nice outdoor pool and good btrakfasr but my room had no view—just a wall—and the door made banging noises all night—perhaps from above when someone closed a door...I complained but they could not fix. Something is causing the door of 304 to bang as if someone is knocking ..."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Electra Palace 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.
Athens Studios
Athens Studios
4 out of 5
3A Veikou St, Makrigyianni, Athens, Attiki
The price is $59 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
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! (639 reviews)
"There are a lot of choices in Athens, but I now have my permanent option anytime I visit the city. The location, the staff, the rooms, the amenities, the neighborhood, the other travelers here and the restaurants next door are unmatched! Like other reviewers have said, the staff alone can help make ..."

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Athens Studios
GK Airport Suites
GK Airport Suites
3 out of 5
Andrea Koumpi 24, Markópoulon, Markopoulo Mesogaias, Attica
The price is $103 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (188 reviews)
"Great hotel for an overnight stay. Free shuttle to airport was the main reason we stayed. Center of town was a10 minute walk and we found great places to eat. Nice getting a bottle of wine"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

GK Airport Suites
MET34 Athens
MET34 Athens
4 out of 5
9 Petraki St., Athens, Attiki
The price is $439 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
Located in Athens City Centre, this aparthotel is steps from Maria Callas Museum and Ermou Street. Syntagma Square and Hellenic Parliament are also within 10 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (293 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful staff!"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

MET34 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.

Getting around Athens

Most tourists in Athens don’t rent a car as it isn’t needed. Get to every corner of the city using the extensive public transportation system, which incorporates a metro, a railway, buses, trams and trolleybuses. Buy tickets from stations or from street kiosks. Save money with a pass covering one to five days of travel. Visit the Athens Mass Transit System website.Browse Athens rental cars.

Best time to visit

Athens is one of the best-known tourist destinations in the world, and the prices for accommodations and lines at attractions during high season reflect this. Steer clear of the crowds by visiting outside of the peak months of June through August. The daytime temperatures will be fairly warm throughout the year, but visit in spring or fall to be more or less guaranteed sunshine on most days.

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