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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

Ancient Agora which includes a city

Athens City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,178 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, charming cafés, and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Athens City Centre. Top attractions like Syntagma Square and Acropolis are major draws. Catch the metro at Panepistimio Station or Syntagma Station to see more of the city.

Athens City Centre
Plaka featuring night scenes, dining out and street scenes

Plaka

4.5/5Wonderful!(637 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.

Plaka
Athens showing heritage elements, heritage architecture and a ruin

Monastiraki

4.5/5Wonderful!(473 area reviews)

Visitors to Monastiraki love its fantastic nightlife, and you can check out Ermou Street and Monastiraki Flea Market. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Monastiraki Station.

Monastiraki
Mount Lycabettus featuring a city and mountains

Kolonaki

4.5/5Wonderful!(213 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Kolonaki. If sightseeing is on the list, Mount Lycabettus is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Megaro Moussikis Station or Evangelismos Station to see more of the area.

Kolonaki
Looking across the vast city of Athens from the Acropolis, with Mount Lycabettus standing proud.

Omonia

3/5(255 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and interesting museums are just a few top-rate features of the neighborhood. Make a stop by Omonia Square or National Theatre of Greece while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Omonoia Station to get around town.

Omonia
New Acropolis Museum showing a city

Koukaki

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

Visitors to Koukaki love its fascinating museums, and you can check out Acropolis Museum and Emotions Museum of Childhood. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Akropoli Station.

Koukaki

Top Hotels in Athens

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki
The price is $159 per night

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! (2,395 reviews)

"Excellent service late at night! Great staying again at this super place!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Sofitel Athens Airport
The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $66 per night

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)

"Very nice rooms, great location, very friendly and helpful front desk."…"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

The Pinnacle Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is $169 per night

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,344 reviews)

"I booked this for my sister and she is a very hard critic. But... she was really impressed. She said the staff was impeccable, pleasant, and extremely helpful. The rooms just like in the pictures, clean, and the view of the Acropolis was breathtaking from every angle of the hotel, and breakfast was ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Electra Metropolis Athens

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.

Popular places to visit in Athens

Acropolis
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Acropolis

5/5(1,301 reviews)

The ancient Greek city rises like a phoenix from the city center of modern Athens, lighting up at night in splendid glory.

Syntagma Square
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Syntagma Square

4.5/5(763 reviews)

This square was built in ancient times and remains at the center of political and social activity in modern Athens. 

Port of Piraeus
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Port of Piraeus

4/5(398 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Athens with a trip to Port of Piraeus. Discover the top-notch restaurants and fascinating museums in this walkable area.

Acropolis Museum
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Acropolis Museum

4.5/5(1,787 reviews)

This modern museum is labor of love that has taken decades to complete and accommodates millions of visitors each year.

Parthenon
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Parthenon

5/5(2,114 reviews)

Step back in time and explore the ancient myths etched into the walls of the largest Doric temple in Greece, originally dedicated to the warrior goddess Athena.

Glyfada Beach
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Glyfada Beach

4.5/5(89 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Glyfada Beach, a popular beach in Glyfada. Amble around this family-friendly area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Top things to do in Athens

Poros, Hydra & Aegina Day Cruise with Lunch
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Poros, Hydra & Aegina Day Cruise with Lunch

$117
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Skip-The-Line Acropolis Site Admission Ticket
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Skip-The-Line Acropolis Site Admission Ticket

$29
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$23
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Ancient Delphi Full-Day Trip
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Ancient Delphi Full-Day Trip

$104
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Meteora Full-Day Trip from Athens via Scenic Train
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Meteora Full-Day Trip from Athens via Scenic Train

$85
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Full-day private tour to Meteora Monasteries
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Full-day private tour to Meteora Monasteries

$719
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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It may be the cradle of Democracy, but with its hip nightlife and lively restaurants, Athens’ present is as intriguing as its past.

It may be the cradle of Democracy, but with its hip nightlife and lively restaurants, Athens’ present is as intriguing as its past.
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