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.
Visit the National Archaeological Museum's temporary exhibition "The Antikythera Shipwreck: the ship, the treasures, the mechanism", now extended until January. Among other valuable finds, the shipwreck yielded the unique Antikythera mechanism, described as the world's oldest analogue computer (44 28 Oktovriou Street, tel: 210 821 7717).
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.