Athens holidays

Athens has always been able to captivate an audience. See sunbaked temples topping craggy hills and classical statues bathed in hazy sunsets. Listen for the hoot of an owl as you stare down at a glittering metropolis from a hilltop. Then listen to the stories told on stages at open-air amphitheatres and over little tables in courtyard cafes. Dig into the Greek capital’s myths, its ancient history, its tales about the beginning of Western civilisation as we know it… and, of course, its souvlaki.

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City of storytellers and sunlit terraces

The Acropolis, an ancient citadel on a sacred rock, rises from the centre of the city. Back on street level, the all-marble Olympic stadium stands where Socrates and his students once sought shade – as well as the answers to life’s most abstract questions – under riverside trees. 

If your group can’t agree where to go for dinner, head to the Agora to do as the ancient Greeks did and take a vote. This is the birthplace of democracy, after all – where better to settle the debate of gyros versus moussaka?

Wise Athenians will tell you to give in to spontaneity. Wander narrow streets to stumble upon graffiti murals and bustling tavernas. Let neoclassical buildings catch your eye and the sound of a bouzouki’s steel strings catch your ear. When your feet tire, pull up a chair on a balcony overrun by flowerpots and breathe in a sweet summer breeze. Or enjoy dinner at a rooftop restaurant and toast to the Parthenon’s mighty columns glowing beneath the stars. Book your flights to Athens now.

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Stay at the Plaka Hotel to gawk at monuments. You’ll be in one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, surrounded by ancient temples and bars oozing with ouzo. You’ll also be able to see the Acropolis illuminated under a cracking sunset from the hotel’s rooftop. Grecotel Pallas Athena is another centerally located option close to the best things to visit in Athens. The rooms in this avant-garde hotel are stuffed with art and handcrafted furniture – expect plenty of bold murals and neon sculptures.

Alternatively, stay away from the city centre and surround yourself with coastal views on the Athenian Riviera. Grand Resort Lagonissi resembles an island getaway with waterfront bungalows and private beaches. At Grecotel Cape Sounio, rooms feature large doors that open out onto majestic vistas of the mountains, the Aegean Sea or the Temple of Poseidon. Meanwhile, seaside boutique The Margi is remarkably chic. Stay here for spellbinding views of beaches and pine forests, as well as rustic dinners by olive trees.

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It’s easy to get from Athens International Airport to the city centre by taxi, metro or bus. You can get there by taxi or metro in around 40 minutes, while the bus will usually take around an hour. Once you’re ready to explore, seeing the city is easy with the metro, tram, city bus and taxi networks. The metro connects you to various postcodes across the city, while the tram network connects the centre of Athens to the coastal suburbs. You can get around quickly via the city bus too, which runs through Athens’ centre to just outside the city.

Athens is a popular destination in the summer months between June and August. You could save by visiting in late spring instead, when the weather is sunny and you’ll be able to avoid the crowds. Have a look at our low fare finder to find out more.

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