Athens

Travel Guide
Acropolis which includes night scenes, a ruin and heritage elements

Athens is a city steeped in history, yet it's also a vibrant modern capital with world-class facilities and a seductively laid-back vibe.

Many people arrive in Athens simply to spend a convenient night on their way to the popular holiday spots of the Greek islands. Yet stay a little longer and you’ll discover an astonishingly beautiful city packed with ancient monuments, fascinating culture and friendly people. Don’t be put off by its reputation for uncomfortably hot weather – plan your days sensibly and you can still take in all the sights without suffering sunstroke

Mornings are the coolest and least crowded time to visit the major archaeological sights. Take a walk up Pnyx Hill, the setting for the world’s first democratic gatherings addressed by famous orators such as Demosthenes and Pericles, then follow in the philosophical footsteps of Socrates and Plato through the passages of the Ancient Agora, one of the city’s most important markets and meeting places.

The Acropolis is one of Athens’ most recognisable landmarks, and the steep climb is rewarded by some of the best views across the city to the sparkling Aegean sea in the distance. Take time to explore the remains of ancient temples dedicated to the gods and deities of Greece’s Golden Age, most notably the world-famous Parthenon and the painstakingly restored Temple of Athena Nike.

When the temperatures start to soar, head for the air-conditioned galleries of the New Acropolis Museum, an award-winning modern building housing around 4,000 priceless artefacts dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Back in the centre of Athens, sip a cool drink and watch the world go by in vibrant Syntagma Square before checking out the Stoa of Attalos, an ancient covered walkway of former shops which offers a refreshing respite from the heat of the sun and includes a small but fascinating heritage museum.

As evening falls, head for Avissynias Square, home to the quirky Monastiraki Flea Market, where street artists and musicians entertain the crowds of bargain-hunters and the restaurants keep the supply of delicious Greek specialities and local wines flowing. The Greeks know how to have fun, and if you’ve still got the energy, the clubs and bars of Omonia Square will keep you going until the early hours.

Where to stay in Athens

The Stanley
The Stanley
4 out of 5
1 Odisseos Str., Athens, Attiki, 10437
The price is AU$164 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Athens. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the bar and the comfy rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (769 reviews)
"Clean, clean, and oh so clean!! The staff is professional, helpful and polite. I will return to this property and I will recommend it to anyone who will listen!"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

The Stanley
Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki, 19019
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$360 per night from 13 Jun. to 14 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Spata-Artemida. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,791 reviews)
"What a fantastic hotel! From the spa to the Bar/restaurant, everything was top notch! Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

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Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki, 11742
The price is AU$285 per night from 19 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Athens. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (984 reviews)
"Very close Acropolis. Very well maintain and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Divani Palace Acropolis
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GK Airport Suites
GK Airport Suites
3 out of 5
Andrea Koumpi 24, Markópoulon, Markopoulo Mesogaias, Attica, 190 03
The price is AU$164 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Markopoulo Mesogaias. Enjoy free WiFi, a free airport shuttle and a 24-hour business centre. Our guests praise the quiet rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (241 reviews)
"GK Suites was perfect. After a long flight all I needed was a clean bed and a shower. Transfers to and from the airport was great and the property manager was very easy to communicate with."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

GK Airport Suites
Blazer Suites Hotel
Blazer Suites Hotel
4 out of 5
Karamanli Avenue 1, Voula, Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni, Attiki, 16673
The price is AU$354 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (156 reviews)
"it is not often my wife and myself get to go somewhere but we were overwhelemed by the kindness and helpfulness of the staff that made this a truly memorable vacation. from the minute we came the staff were super patient nad helpfull, literally ready to do our every wish. they were also extremely ..."

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

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Urban Nest - Suites & Apartments
Urban Nest - Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
30 Karaiskaki, Athens, 105 54
The price is AU$179 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Athens. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the room service in their reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (240 reviews)
"Location, Location, Location"

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

Urban Nest - Suites & Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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