Athens is the capital and largest city in Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence started somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.
The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. It was completed in 438 BC, although decoration of the building continued until 432 BC.Learn more Book this experience
The Ancient Agora of Athens is the best-known example of an ancient Greek agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Agoraios Kolonos, also called Market Hill.Learn more Book this experience
The cradle of European culture comes to life in your ears when you plug into the POPGuide app. Explore over 100 points of interest in Athens, from unique Greek landmarks to local curiosities, and discover wonders of the ancient world without a group, guide, or schedule! This state-of-the-art app takes seconds to download, combining public transport and walking tours with high-quality audio narration, rich visuals, helpful text, and offline mapping. It transforms your smartphone into the most reliable travel companion you've ever had! You'll be guided to bus, tram, walking, or bicycle routes, and you'll even get help locating the best photo spots and free WiFi.Book this experience
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.Learn more Book this experience
The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a former colossal temple at the center of the Greek capital Athens.Learn more Book this experience
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Sailing on the coastline of Athens is the best way to pass a hot day and explore the beautiful coastline only half an hour away from the center of the city. Get on board and enjoy a day of swimming, snorkeling and relaxing on the deck while...Book this experience
Mount Lycabettus, also known as Lycabettos, Lykabettos or Lykavittos, is a Cretaceous limestone hill in the Greek capital Athens. At 300 meters above sea level, its summit is the highest point in Athens and pine trees cover its base. The name also refers to the residential neighbourhood immediately below the east of the hill.Learn more Book this experience
The Temple of Hephaestus or Hephaisteion or earlier as the Theseion, is a well-preserved Greek temple; it remains standing largely intact.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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Discover scuba diving in Agia Marina beach, near Athens! Beginners can have an introduction in scuba diving and swim along with the fish and the rest of the marine life that can be found underwater! Activity In case you're curious what's ...Book this experience
Monastiraki is a flea market neighborhood in the old town of Athens, Greece, and is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens.Learn more Book this experience
The Theatre of Dionysus is an ancient theatre in Athens on the south slope of the Akropolis hill, built as part of the sanctuary of Dionysos Eleuthereus.Learn more Book this experience
If visiting Athens there's no better way to enjoy incredible views to the city till the port of Piraeus. Live the vivid side of the city with a mountain bike tour in Hymettus mountain accompanied by a local guide. You will have the chance to see...Book this experience
Psyri or Psiri or Psyrri or Psirri is a gentrified neighbourhood in Athens, Greece, today known for its restaurants, bars, live music tavernas, and small number of hotels.View on Google Maps Book this experience
Pláka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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Sure Athens is amazing, but are you looking for a refreshing getaway from the city? Want to take a step back and avoid the masses of tourists? Then enjoy a sailing adventure in the Saronic Gulf! Trails Beyond will take you to discover the Saronic isl...Book this experience
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Attica Zoological Park, is a 20-hectare private zoo located in the Athens suburb of Spata, Greece. The zoo is home to about 2000 animals representing 400 species, and is open 365 days per year.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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Mount Pentelicus or Pentelikon is a mountain in Attica, Greece, situated northeast of Athens and southwest of Marathon. Its highest point is the peak Pyrgari, with an elevation of 1,109 m.Learn more Book this experience
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Vouliagmenis lake.JPG Lake Vouliagmeni is a small brackish-water lake fed by underground currents seeping through the mass of Mount Hymettus located to the south of Vouliagmeni, Greece.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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Varkiza, also Alianthos, is a suburb of greater Athens forming part of the municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni in southern Attica of the Megalo Daktylo.Learn more
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Salamina City is the largest town and a former municipality on Salamis Island in Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Salamis, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.Learn more
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Mount Parnitha is a densely forested mountain range north of Athens, the highest on the peninsula of Attica, with an elevation of 1,413 m, and a summit known as Karavola.Learn more Book this experience
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Milos or Melos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea, just north of the Sea of Crete. Milos is the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group.Learn more
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Why travel to Athens, Greece?
Athens, the capital of Greece, is a city rich in history and culture, with an abundance of ancient ruins, museums, and vibrant neighborhoods to explore. It is the perfect destination for history buffs, food lovers, and those seeking an authentic Greek experience.
How to get there?
The most convenient way to reach Athens is by air. Athens International Airport (ATH) is well-connected to major cities worldwide. From the airport, you can take the metro, bus, or taxi to reach the city center. Alternatively, you can travel by train or bus from neighboring countries or take a ferry from various Greek islands.
What to book in advance?
It is highly recommended to pre-book tickets for popular attractions such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Acropolis Museum to avoid long queues. You can also purchase a combination ticket that includes multiple historical sites at a discounted price. If you plan on taking guided tours, it is best to book these in advance as well.
What are the costs?
Athens is relatively affordable compared to other European capitals. You can expect to spend around €40-60 per day on a budget, including accommodation, meals, and sightseeing. However, if you prefer luxury hotels and fine dining experiences, your daily expenses can go up to €200 or more.
What are the best things to do?
1. Visit the Acropolis and Parthenon
2. Explore the National Archaeological Museum
3. Stroll through the Plaka neighborhood
4. Climb Mount Lycabettus for panoramic views of the city
5. Visit the Ancient Agora
6. Catch a performance at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
7. Relax at the National Gardens
Where to eat?
1. Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani: A popular spot for traditional Greek delicacies and mezze.
2. To Oinomageiremata: Enjoy delicious Greek cuisine in a cozy atmosphere.
3. Oinomageiremata: Sample mouth-watering seafood dishes at this local favorite.
Where to stay?
1. Plaka Hotel: A budget-friendly option located in the charming Plaka district.
2. Herodion Hotel: A mid-range choice near the Acropolis, offering comfortable rooms and a rooftop terrace.
3. Hotel Grande Bretagne: A luxury hotel with elegant rooms, a rooftop restaurant, and a spa, located in Syntagma Square.
Off the beaten path:
For an unusual travel experience, visit the neighborhood of Anafiotika, an undiscovered gem nestled under the Acropolis, featuring narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and vibrant bougainvillea. This area resembles the Cycladic islands and offers a unique glimpse into the local life away from the bustling tourist spots. Spend an afternoon wandering the narrow alleys, and don't forget to bring your camera to capture the charming atmosphere of this hidden treasure.
The cradle of Western civilisation and over 2500 years old,The Greek capital fascinates and remains an haven for history and archaeology enthusiasts, but it is also a mus-see for those who want to experience the pulsating core of contemporary Greece. However, the Greek city is too often a mere stopover between the airport and the Greek islands. Although it can be hard to get used to, Athens is a city of many faces and deserves more than a quick trip to the mythical Acropolis. Take the time to discover it and enjoy its unique pace of life.
Athens is home to ancient treasures and many historical monuments, but not only that! A visit to the Acropolis and its Parthenon will undoubtedly be the highlight of your stay, but don't miss out on its museum, which is essential for understanding the history of the site. Once you have visited the archaeological sites, stroll through the picturesque streets of the Pláka district or wander through the Monastiraki flea market. Ancient and modern, carefree and dynamic, Athens, the elusive capital city, will never cease to surprise you!
Plaka is one of the most ideal places to visit Athens, located under the Acropolis hill. This village is like a small island in the city, the most suitable place for tourists to explore and experience Greek culture. It is well known for its many sought-after attractions, with many food and coffee shops, including Agios Nikolaos Rangavas street, Amfitheater Spyrou Evangelatou...
The Parthenon was built around 446 BC, designed and built by two outstanding architects of ancient times. The Parthenon is dedicated to the goddess Athena, the hero goddess and protector of the arts. This is a famous building from ancient Greece that has survived to this day. This is considered a symbol of the end of ancient Greece and is one of the greatest cultural works in the world.
The Erechtheum is a Pentelic marble temple, located on the Acropolis hill, and is one of the legends of Greek architecture. The Erechtheion Temple has a bold Greek architecture but has an asymmetrical plan, consisting of 3 almost independent parts with 3 separate roofs, which is a strange phenomenon but makes it a masterpiece.
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