Athens

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Acropolis showing heritage elements, a ruin and heritage architecture

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 ¥14,913 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
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! (983 reviews)
"Front desk was very accommodating with checking in on us by email chat to see what time our arrival was and coordinate a check in time. We were able to have an early check in. Staff was nice and faculty is good. View does breakfast is great for sunrise and of the historic area. Breakfast spread was ..."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2021

Athens Gate Hotel
Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki
The price is ¥21,028 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Situated near the airport, 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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,858 reviews)
"We arrived in Athens very late and we were both grateful to havevour hotel across the street from baggage claim"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

Sofitel Athens Airport
Electra Metropolis Athens
Electra Metropolis Athens
5 out of 5
15 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥26,647 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ermou Street, Acropolis Museum, and Monastiraki Flea Market. Ancient Agora of ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (954 reviews)
"Everything was good and it served our needs perfectly"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

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.
Athens Studios
Athens Studios
4 out of 5
3A Veikou St, Makrigyianni, Athens, Attiki
The price is ¥7,066 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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! (655 reviews)
"Perfect location. Laundry facility a plus. Very nice prople."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Athens Studios
Hydria Boutique Suites by Athens Stay
Hydria Boutique Suites by Athens Stay
3 out of 5
3 Leoforos Vouliagmenis, Athens
The price is ¥8,912 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Located in Athens City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tomb of Heinrich Schliemann and Acropolis Museum. Monastiraki Flea Market ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Modern designed room with nice amenities"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Hydria Boutique Suites by Athens Stay
GK Airport Suites
GK Airport Suites
3 out of 5
Andrea Koumpi 24, Markópoulon, Markopoulo Mesogaias, Attica
The price is ¥15,096 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
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! (209 reviews)
"Lovely apartment, comfortable, spacious, quiet getaway with large private deck. Quick cab to coastal eateries and walk to local restaurant. Staff were very accommodating. Nice fridge and dining space with coffee. No microwave. Overall, we loved it."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

GK Airport Suites
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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