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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

Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$184 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Greek Evangelical Church, Arch of Hadrian and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Theatre of Dionysus and Museum ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (989 reviews)
"Great location near old town and Acropolis. Breakfast with a few of the Acropolis was wonderful. Staff was excellent."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Athens Gate Hotel
Sofitel Athens Airport
Sofitel Athens Airport
5 out of 5
Athens International Airport, Spata-Artemida, Attiki
The price is AU$323 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
Situated in Spata-Artemida, this luxury hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Metropolitan Expo, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Factory Outlet Airport and Attica Zoological ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,014 reviews)
"So accessible, walk right across street to airport entrance."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Sofitel Athens Airport
Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis
5 out of 5
19 25 Parthenonos St, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$216 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
This family-friendly Athens hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Temple of Athena Nike and Acropolis Museum. Acropolis and Parthenon ...
4.3/5Excellent! (993 reviews)
"The position of the hotel was excellent"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Divani Palace Acropolis
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.
Athens Studios
Athens Studios
4 out of 5
3A Veikou St, Makrigyianni, Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$74 per night from 11 Aug. to 11 Aug.
Located in Athens City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Acropolis Museum, Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Parthenon and Syntagma ...
4.1/5Very Good! (644 reviews)
"Very friendly and extremely helpful staff! We felt welcome and appreciated the spacious and well-equipped apartment (deluxe studio); and excellent location which we will frequent again!"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Athens Studios
GK Airport Suites
GK Airport Suites
3 out of 5
Andrea Koumpi 24, Markópoulon, Markopoulo Mesogaias, Attica
The price is AU$229 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Situated in Markopoulo Mesogaias, this aparthotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Sanctuary of Artemis ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (198 reviews)
"I recommend it so clean"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

GK Airport Suites
Olympus Residence
Olympus Residence
4 out of 5
14 Pafsaniou Str., Athens, Attiki
The price is AU$151 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Located in Athens City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Goulandris Museum of Modern Art and Panathenaic Stadium. Temple of Olympian ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (259 reviews)
"We loved the penthouse apartment at Olympus Residence. The beds were very comfortable for all of us and all bedrooms had a television. The living room had a large sectional sofa. It is easy walking distance to Syntagma Square, the Plaka, Monastiraki, and many more places to see and eat. Highly recommend. ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Olympus Residence
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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