Absorb the mystical history of this spellbinding city on holidays in Athens. Discover the legends of this magical destination, as past and present effortlessly merge and leave you intrigued and wanting more.
Allocate some time to explore the historic centre, Syntagma Square and the Acropolis are ‘must see’ attractions for your first visit. Athens may be one of the world’s oldest cities but not everything is ancient - the wonders of modern-day Athens are equally fascinating. Book an exciting experience and catch a glimpse of the beautiful Greek Islands. Or hire a car and explore the nearby attractions, visit Delphi, once the centre of the ancient world or escape to the Athens coast to the picturesque seaside town of Vouliagmeni.
Athens offers plenty of opportunity for shopping - you’ll find bustling pedestrianised streets, bazaar style stores and traditional markets bursting with local produce. The city boasts a great range of shopping, from everyday stores on Ermou, Athens busiest shopping street, to upmarket shopping and designer boutiques in Kolonaki. Pick up some custom made sandals at Stavros Melissinos Art Shop or handmade olivewood carvings for an authentically Greek keepsake.
A trip to Athens wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Acropolis, undoubtedly the city’s most famous site. The large hill lies in the centre of the city and contains a cluster of ancient ruins. The Acropolis Museum houses important Greek statues – pop in after seeing the Acropolis itself. See ancient artefacts at the National Archaeological Museum or visit the impressive Temple of Olympian Zeus.
You’ll find plenty of options for dining across Athens, whether you’re looking for the finest Michelin-starred cuisine or just reasonably priced homemade specialities. Stop at the Piazza Duomo in Mitropoleos, an all-day Italian coffee bar and restaurant located in the heart of Athens – make sure you try the homemade moussaka. Or ask for rooftop seating at Strofi and take advantage of the amazing views of the Acropolis.
Head to Brettos Bar in Plaka, the oldest distillery in Athens. The walls of this old-fashioned distillery are adorned with colourful bottles and lights. Booze in Kolokotroni is a great day into night venue. An arty hangout with a theatre upstairs and art exhibitions in the basement. While A for Athens Cocktail Bar has an urban terrace with stunning views.