Cheap flights to Athens
Athens, what can you say about Athens: cradle of Western civilization, Europe’s oldest city, birthplace of democracy, and home to the iconic Parthenon.
Well, that’s just for starters, add to this that it is also a modern and sophisticated metropolis, one of the world’s greatest cultural centres and a city with a vibrant street and nightlife and you’re pretty close to the mark.
Whether you are coming to Athens for a city break, or just passing through on the way to one of Greece’s many islands, this capital city will not fail to impress.
All seriously minded shopping in Athens is centered around Kolonaki, the mecca of Greek fashion, and never strays far beyond Stadiou Street off Syntagma Square.
An exhibition that brings together 67 items of ancient art from 14 museums and seeks to "illustrate" the hidden world of the poet CP Cavafy and works such as "Ithaca" or "The Barbarians" will run at the Cycladic Museum of Art on Neophytou Douka Street in Athens from January to March. cycladic.gr
A colourful way to experience authentic Athens life, and possibly pick up bargains to boot, is to visit a street market or "laiki". One of the best is the Saturday market on Kallidromiou Street in Exarhia.
One of the best day trips that Athens has to offer is the relatively short drive to Cape Sounion and the dramatic Temple of Poseidon that stands at its summit, overlooking the blue waters of the Aegean. The site is stunningly beautiful any time of the year and offers spectacular views of the sunset.