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Simultaneously sacred and offbeat, Athens is a destination that appeals to all types of travelers. Though this city is in a constant state of renewal, it still maintains its bonds with the past, and because of this you will be able to see places like the Parthenon and Constitution Square, Theatre of Dionysos and the Vinyl Microstore sitting side by side in perfect harmony. Visitors pack the varied and colourful streets year round, so it is important to plan ahead if you want to find cheap flights to Athens.
Best time to go to Athens
The peak season in Athens, which falls from June to September, fluctuates in terms of crowds. Although visitors gather to tour Acropolis and the Piraeus, many of the locals flee the city around August. Flights can be pricey during this time, but if you can find a great a deal, this is a wonderful time to see some of less populated attractions, such as the Agora and the National Gardens.
Reasonably-priced flights to Athens can be found in April to May, and October. These months, though warm and mild, see a lull in tourism. Considering the increase of warmth and the decrease of crowds, these months are some of the best for dining at an open air restaurant in Kolonaki, doing some shopping at the Monastiraki Flea Market, or listening to some traditional music at the Stoa Athanaton.
From November to March, the climate can rapidly change from sunny and warm, to cold and gray. Tourists are few during these months, so, if you do not mind the unpredictable weather, this is a wonderful time to visit some of the more popular attractions, like the National Archaeological Museum, the Kerameikos, and Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
Athens Airport and transfer informationAthens International Airport (ATH)Distance: 12km to city centre
If you are staying at a nearby hotel, you may be able to take advantage of a free or cheap hotel shuttle. If not, you can take an airport shuttle or bus service for a low rate. Alternatively, you can take a taxi, the airport Metro, or a suburban train for a higher fee.
Online resources for your travel to Athens
The official City of Athens visitor website provides information on transport and accommodations, events and attractions.Athens International Airport website gives information on flights, ground transport, and in-airport facilities and services.