Holidays in
Athens

A modern capital with an old soul

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.

Three tips for a top trip

Go more metroAthens has three metro lines that together cover the whole city. It’s cheap, efficient and, best of all, several metro stations moonlight as archaeological sites.
Chill your coffeeOne of the best coffee experiences in Greece is a freddo espresso – a perfectly blended iced espresso. It’s a local favourite, especially in the summer.
Sample the RivieraAthens’ answer to the south of France is this coastal string of beach suburbs, with clear waters, fancy hotels and fun beach bars.

Best attractions to see in Athens

The Parthenon

Parthenon is the most-visited site in Athens, for good reason – perched atop the Acropolis rock, this temple has passed the test of time for over 2,000 years.

Athens Central Market

For the most authentic food market in the city, head to the Athens Central Market, where you’ll find locals shopping for the best herbs, vegetables, meat and more.

Changing of the guards

Every hour on the hour, the fabulously dressed guards in front of Parliament perform an elaborate changing – even in the wee small hours of the morning.

Your Athens questions, answered

As a Mediterranean city, Athens is blessed with year-long sunny weather – the temperature only slightly dips in the winter, while the summers are gloriously hot.

Though it’s a cosmopolitan city, most of the food in Athens is staunchly Greek – think fresh meat and fish mains, and honey-drenched desserts. You’ll find modern twists at upscale eateries.

If you want to be centrally located, your best bet is to stay in Syntagma Square, the heart of Athens, which has some of the city’s best hotels at all price points.