Begin your Athens city break with a dramatic view from the iconic hilltop Acropolis, Athens' birthplace, crowned by the Parthenon, the fifth-century BC temple. Explore the rustic tavernas of the quaint Plaka district below the Acropolis, and late-night bars of the Psirri area on your city break in Athens. Complete your city break with shopping at Athens' bustling Monastiraki market.
Spend romantic nights on your Athens city break in the old-fashioned tavernas of Plaka, a popular district filled with Neoclassical mansions. Or head to hip Gazi district to sample modern Greek cuisine. For a selection of international flavours, try upmarket Kolonaki for everything from Greek to sushi on your Athens city break. But for a quick food break Athens-style, grab some souvlaki - charcoal-grilled meat in pitta bread - in the market area of Monastiraki.
Base yourself in the city centre for an Athens city break close to the main attractions. You'll find small low-cost hotels in romantic Plaka, Monastiraki and Psirri, all close to the Acropolis. Choose the larger, purpose-built hotels in upmarket Kolonaki and gritty Omonia for easy access to shopping and Athens' museums on your city break. If you want to combine cultural sightseeing with seaside fun and swimming, choose a luxurious beachside hotel in Glyfada or Vouliagmeni on the Athens coast.
First time in Athens on a city break? Don't miss the majestic ancient temples of the Acropolis or the National Archaeological Museum, a showcase of Greek civilisation. You'll have panoramic views across Athens from Mount Lycavittos. And, if the city heat gets too much, take a break on the sandy beaches of nearby Glyfada and Vouliagmeni on the coast near Athens.