While it’s renowned as the birthplace of Western democracy, the capital of Greece is also so much more than its ancient past. Athens holidays have a lot to offer, as there are world-famous museums, pulsating nightclubs, bustling flea markets, fantastic restaurants and much more.
Crumbling, sun-bleached ruins mingle with 1960s high rises, neoclassical houses and Byzantine-style churches – and, in recent years, the city has really evolved, opening new museums, restaurants and hotels, with an influx of young artists making this city a newly hip spot.
The main tourist sites are congregated in the city centre, but travellers will be rewarded for going off the beaten path. Athens is a city of neighbourhoods. Head to the punk-y area of Exarcheia to drink coffee with an artistic crowd and marvel at giant street murals. The well-heeled congregate in Kolonaki, the hilly shopping district with fabulous Greek and international designers, plus fantastic museums. In the shadow of the Acropolis, you’ll find the laid-back hipster neighbourhood of Koukaki, while Pangrati is an up-and-coming district with great local tavernas. When you need some sea and sun, head to the city’s southern coast or, better yet, hop on a ferry from the port of Pireaus – holidays to Athens are an amazing gateway to exploring the Greek islands.