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.
The leafy suburb of Kifissia, at the end of the ISAP green line, boasts one of the most upscale shopping districts in the city, with a variety of designer and label goods for upper-crust Athenians.
Book to attend a talk in the Acropolis Museum's "Archaic Colours" series, exploring the original paints and pigments on ancient Greek statues. Activity packs available for kids (15 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, tel: 210 900 0900, theacropolismuseum.gr).
A great way to take in all the archaeological sites around Athens is from behind the wheel of one of the pedal-cars available for hire at Thisseion. They seat four and also have a small electric motor to help negotiate the steeper hills. Turn right out of Thisseion station and you'll find the pedal car rank situated next to the park overlooking the Acropolis.