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.

The Stanley
The Stanley
4 out of 5
1 Odisseos Str., Athens, Attiki, 10437
The price is $119 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
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Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki, 19019
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $243 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki, 11742
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The price is $156 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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Divani Palace Acropolis
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V36 Suites
V36 Suites
3 out of 5
36 Voulis, Athens, 105 57
The price is $96 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
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4.9/5 Exceptional! (38 reviews)
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Urban Nest - Suites & Apartments
Urban Nest - Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
30 Karaiskaki, Athens, 105 54
The price is $117 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
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GK Airport Suites
GK Airport Suites
3 out of 5
Andrea Koumpi 24, Markópoulon, Markopoulo Mesogaias, Attica, 190 03
The price is $138 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
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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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