Athens is the oldest city in Europe, where democracy was born. It’s one of Europe’s liveliest cities, a mix of grunge and grace with an undeniable urban soul. Lift your eyes 50 meters above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-colour marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2500 years. Take a walk in the ancient Agora and feel the footsteps of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle. Visit the National Archeological Museum and the new Acropolis Museum, both featuring the world’s largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities.
Athens boasts one of the most happening nightlife scenes in Europe, which now centres on the urban-chic bars and cafés between Syntagma and grungy Monastiraki (at the foot of the Acropolis), and the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Metaxourgiou, known for its art galleries and hip eateries. Visit Plaka, just beneath the Acropolis and taste traditional food in a Taverna and dare to try some Ouzo (anise-flavoured aperitif).
Best Time to visit
Athens remains lively throughout the year. For sightseeing, warm, sunny days make autumn or spring the best times to visit this city; hot temperatures from mid-June to late-August can be tiring, and hotels are busy, so book early. Between November and February the weather is unpredictable, ranging from crisp, bright days to rain and even occasional snow – the compensation being a relative scarcity of tourists. In fact, it can make a lovely winter city break, with affordable hotel prices and great nightlife.
Budget Hotels Areas
This city is a paradise for budget travellers, as it offers a huge selection of hotel deals and hostels. There are many budget hotels near the city centre which are close to all tourist attractions and are accessible by foot. Bear in mind that Athens traffic is immense, so the Metro is a good choice. Buses and taxis are generally cheap, thus staying away from the city centre will not be a problem.
Traveling to Athens
Athens Tours & Activities
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