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Athens is a city steeped in history, yet it's also a vibrant modern capital with world-class facilities and a seductively laid-back vibe.

Many people arrive in Athens simply to spend a convenient night on their way to the popular holiday spots of the Greek islands. Yet stay a little longer and you’ll discover an astonishingly beautiful city packed with ancient monuments, fascinating culture and friendly people. Don’t be put off by its reputation for uncomfortably hot weather – plan your days sensibly and you can still take in all the sights without suffering sunstroke

Mornings are the coolest and least crowded time to visit the major archaeological sights. Take a walk up Pnyx Hill, the setting for the world’s first democratic gatherings addressed by famous orators such as Demosthenes and Pericles, then follow in the philosophical footsteps of Socrates and Plato through the passages of the Ancient Agora, one of the city’s most important markets and meeting places.

The Acropolis is one of Athens’ most recognisable landmarks, and the steep climb is rewarded by some of the best views across the city to the sparkling Aegean sea in the distance. Take time to explore the remains of ancient temples dedicated to the gods and deities of Greece’s Golden Age, most notably the world-famous Parthenon and the painstakingly restored Temple of Athena Nike.

When the temperatures start to soar, head for the air-conditioned galleries of the New Acropolis Museum, an award-winning modern building housing around 4,000 priceless artefacts dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Back in the centre of Athens, sip a cool drink and watch the world go by in vibrant Syntagma Square before checking out the Stoa of Attalos, an ancient covered walkway of former shops which offers a refreshing respite from the heat of the sun and includes a small but fascinating heritage museum.

As evening falls, head for Avissynias Square, home to the quirky Monastiraki Flea Market, where street artists and musicians entertain the crowds of bargain-hunters and the restaurants keep the supply of delicious Greek specialities and local wines flowing. The Greeks know how to have fun, and if you’ve still got the energy, the clubs and bars of Omonia Square will keep you going until the early hours.

Where to stay in Athens

Top hotels in Athens

Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki
Free cancellation
The price is Rs12,002 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan

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! (2,187 reviews)

"An excellent hotel for an overnight stay for connecting flights/ferries etc very convenient! It was a bit disappointing that the restaurants were closed for breakfast & dinner due to covid the smaller snack bar outside was open on a restricted menu. Breakfast was served in your room which was good ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

Sofitel Athens Airport
Niche Hotel Athens
Niche Hotel Athens
4 out of 5
21 Syngrou Avenue & 2 Vourvachi, Athens
The price is Rs7,677 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Acropolis Museum, Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Parthenon and Syntagma Square ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (270 reviews)

"Great rooftop bar! And the staff were very accommodating."…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2020

Niche Hotel Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
The Pinnacle Athens
5 out of 5
75 Eolou & Evripidou, Athens
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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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (128 reviews)

"Great stay ! Really nice five star hotel . Luxury with spacious and comfortable suites and extraordinary Acropolis view"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2020

The Pinnacle 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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Athens

Athens Studios
Athens Studios
4 out of 5
3A Veikou St, Makrigyianni, Athens, Attiki
The price is Rs3,251 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan

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! (635 reviews)

"This was an excellent place to stay. Extremely clean and safe. Very close to restaurants and shopping. Also within walking distance of the Acropolis and other attractions. The Wi-Fi was great. I would recommend staying here."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

Athens Studios
GK Airport Suites
GK Airport Suites
3 out of 5
Andrea Koumpi 24, Markópoulon, Markopoulo Mesogaias, Attica
The price is Rs6,065 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Situated in Markopoulo Mesogaias, this apartment building is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Sanctuary ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (178 reviews)

"It is great for an airport option. It is close to the airport, the rooms are very spacious and we had 501 a very large roof terrace. Note there is not much around the place - so ideal for an "airport" stay, not for sightseeing."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

GK Airport Suites
Monastiraki Place
Monastiraki Place
3 out of 5
Papanikoli 1, Athens

Located in Athens City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Monastiraki Flea Market and Ermou Street. Ancient Agora of Athens and Roman Agora are ...

3.8/5Good! (8 reviews)

"Awesome apartment! Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2019

Monastiraki Place
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.

Popular places to visit in Athens

Reviews of Athens

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 35.97951344430218%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.530089628681178%
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5/5 - Excellent

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13 Mar 2020

Athens is a beautiful city with lots to see and do and the people are warm and welcoming!

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Mar 2020

Great city to feel welcome by its citizens. Just amazing!

5/5 - Excellent

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6 Mar 2020

Great city. Lovely hosts.

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Mar 2020

I love Athens. It has friendly and laidback feel and lots of personality. Things just happen: religious processions, street music, etc.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

There is a lot to see in Athens. You turn a corner and there is another interesting historical something to explore. The people are friendly and the food is amazing. Nothing was expensive. Like all big cities, it's really busy even in winter.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

The only reason to go to Athens is to see the ancient ruins. Modern Athens is an ugly city blighted by traffic.

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