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.
July and August see the peak of the annual Athens Epidaurus Festival, which takes place at various venues and includes theatrical, dance and musical performances from illustrious Greek and international artists. greekfestival.gr
Culminating in Kathari Deftera (Clean Monday) on 23 February, the pre-Lentern carnival known as Apokries in Greece involves plenty of merriment, dressing up and official parades and performances.
Being the country's capital city, Athens holds the biggest parade to celebrate Ohi Day on 28 October every year, involving the full military razzamataz and hordes of marching school kids.
Monastiraki is a great place to hunt for souvenirs in the city's famous flea market or at the street stalls that line the fence to the ancient Agora (Avissynias Square).
As the weather brightens in March, it's fun to take a day trip by ferry or hydrofoil to the nearby island of Aegina, famous for its pistachio nuts and the imposing and well-preserved Temple of Aphaia.
Kaisariani Monastery, located on the lower slopes of Mount Hymmetos, at the eastern edge of the city, is an easily accessible spot to escape from the heat of the city. The Byzantine monastery itself is beautiful and the surrounding forest a joy. visitgreece.gr
At the very far western end of the city bus system in modern and industrial Elefsina, the ancient site of Eleusis is a quiet spot to reflect on the legendary Eleusinian Mysteries that people were initiated into here.
One of the easiest and most rewarding day trips is down to the tip of the Attic Peninsula, where the superbly preserved Temple of Poseidon at Sounion is a great place to watch the sunset.