Quick Guide to Athens
Athens is one of the most exciting city break destinations in Europe and a major port of call on many Mediterranean cruises - where ships dock in Piraeus, the port. The Acropolis, the Agora and much more await!
History lies around every corner in Athens, with the Acropolis and the Parthenon acting as enduring symbols of the birth of democratic civilisation. Other sights such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Theatre of Dionysos are enough to inspire an interest in the past in even the most indifferent visitor.
This belies the progressive nature of the city itself, which is awash with world class restaurants, lively bars and mainstream cafes to keep individual tourists and groups of all ages entertained, ensuring that Athens holidays can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night.
Fab holidays for:
Historical sights, Delicious food, Day trips
Athens International Airport
Did you know?
Athens was the first to host the Olympics in 776 BC and they were so serious about them that they fined anyone who backed out with cowardice.
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Top 5 Sights to Visit in Athens
Athens is Greece's historical epicentre and there are some sights you just can't not see before you leave this white-washed city.
- New Acropolis Museum
- With the largest collection of Greek architecture and ancient sculptures, it's a fascinating visit. It boasts five floors with over 4,000 artefacts including the Parthenon Frieze, Athena statue, Color the Peplos Kore, Parthenon Gallery and Athena Nike.
- Mount Lycabettus
- Mount Lycabettus is a pretty great way to see the Athens - those city vistas are to die for. You can see across the Attica basin and Aegean Sea and you can even have dinner at the little cafe that set up camp there.
- National Archaeological Museum
- Art exhibitions don't come around like this every day. There are even collections from the Neolithic Age, including some of the oldest archaeological finds dating back to the 7th millennium.
- Temple of Olympian Zeus
- The Greeks outdid themselves at the Temple of Olympian Zeus - it's the largest in Greece. The massive ancient complex took nearly seven centuries to complete!
- Parthenon, Acropolis
- The Parthenon is located on the Acropolis on a hill that overlooks the city. The temple was built to honour the goddess Athena Parthenos, the patron of Athens, in gratitude for her protection of the city during the Persian Wars.
How to get to Athens
The ancient Greek city of Athens welcomes air passengers at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport which is 27 kilometres to the east. This airport is one of the most modern in the world and it is even home to a museum which can entertain those who are waiting for Athens flights. Updates to the road infrastructure around Athens have made car hire from Athens Airport a far more attractive proposition and buses regularly run to and from Athens for those who want to stay out of the driving seat.
Where to stay in Athens
Holidays to Athens are made memorable because the city has been undergoing almost perpetual regeneration over the last few years and both new and renovated hotels and self-catering accommodation are now available in abundance. This ensures that cheap holidays in Athens can be sought by those on a budget while others languish in the care of the city's many five star establishments.