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Athens is where the age of antiquity meets the best of the modern world. All this against the backdrop of mountain and the crystal blue Aegean Sea, dotted with islands. There’s plenty to do, whether you’re a history buff, an art aficionado, or simply want to enjoy the Greek mythology and the fantastic views.
Be forewarned that the days here can get hot afternoon, especially during the height of the tourism season in summer. So, plan on taking your walking tours during the morning. After a strong cup of Greek coffee, head out and explore the many archaeological sites in and around the city centre. Visit Pnyx Hill where great orators such as Aristides and Pericles impassioned their countrymen to take part in the world’s first true democracy. Stroll through the Ancient Agora, where Socrates and Plato walked in flowing togas, debating philosophy. Marvel at the remains of ancient temples dedicated to the gods of Mount Olympus, as well as stellar views, atop The Acropolis.
There are plenty of museums and galleries to cool off in during the afternoons. The affluent downtown neighbourhood of Kolonaki is home to high-end shops and restaurants as well as The Benaki Museum. Housed in a beautifully restored family mansion, this is a great place to get an understanding of the history and culture of Greece. The New Acropolis Museum, located in the historic area of Makrygianni, explores the art, culture and customs of the inhabitants of the Acropolis from pre-historic times through late Antiquity.
While the city can easily keep you busy, don’t miss taking a car or bus trip out to the countryside. The Temple of Poseidon is set on a rocky hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea, on the picturesque Saronic Gulf in Cape Sounion. Delphi and some of the other islands are also close enough for a day trip. If you’re not too tired upon your return, check out the nightlife in and around Omonia Square.
This eight-story hotel connected to the Athens International Airport features a modern, white exterior and is near the convention center and 35 kilometres from the historic center of Athens.
Situated in Rafina-Pikermi, this luxury villa is within 9 mi (15 km) of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, Attica Zoological Park, and Expo Athens. Rafina Port and Metropolitan Expo are also within 9 mi (15 km).
The Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch are directly across from this hotel, ideally located in Athens' historic district. The Acropolis, home to the Parthenon, is just 500 meters (0.3 mi) away.
Situated in Pallini, this luxury villa is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from McArthurGlen Designer Outlet and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Attica Zoological Park. Expo Athens and American College of Greece are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This luxury Athens hotel is located just in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Acropolis. Recently refurnished offers a variety of rooms and suites overlooking the Temple or the swimming pool garden.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maria Callas Museum, Syntagma Square, and Hellenic Parliament. Roman Agora and Monastiraki Flea Market are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Spata-Artemida hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet and Attica Zoological Park. American College of Greece and Expo Athens are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Neos Kosmos, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Onassis Cultural Centre, Acropolis Museum, and Parthenon. Filopappos Hill and Roman Agora are also within 1 mi (2 km).