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The Acropolis

to delve into the rich history of Athens

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Food tour of Athens

to discover local flavours

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Odeon of Herodes Atticus

to see music, art or dance performances during the summer months

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National Archaeological Museum

for the world's finest collection of Greek antiquities

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The Acropolis Museum

to seethe ruins of an ancient Athenian neighbourhood

Europe's oldest capital city that's rich in history

There are few places where the past comes to life in quite the same way as in Athens. Often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation, it’s a city bursting at the seams with culture, intrigue and beauty.

It’s not just a place for history buffs – it’s one of the liveliest European capitals. A thriving café culture ensures you’re not left waning in between all the sightseeing and you’ll never have to venture far to enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

A sophisticated bar scene will keep you hydrated and if you visit in summer, the party spills out onto rooftop terraces and garden courtyards. Foodies needn’t worry with everything from Michelin-starred cuisine to more traditional taverns.

Taking in Athens’ impressive sights has never been easier thanks to the pedestrian-only archaeological promenade, a tree-lined walkway that links the city’s major archaeological sites. You’ll journey back in time, taking in marble temples, Byzantine churches, ancient theatres and neoclassical museums.

No trip to Athens would be complete without taking in the Acropolis, towering above the city and taking on a different character over the course of a day. See it bathed in the early morning light, the soft glow of the evening, and lit up in all its golden glory at night.

Athens isn’t a city stuck in the past, however, and there are plenty of modern galleries including the National Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Technopolis, a restored complex of furnaces and industrial buildings in the city’s former gasworks.

One of the cultural highlights is the Athens Festival, a summer programme of open-air theatre, opera, classical music, and dance staged at venues across the city, including the second-century BC Odeon of Herodes Atticus, carved into the rocks below the Acropolis.

Highlights

Explore the incredible Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visit the National Gallery of Contemporary Art

Immerse yourself in the vibrant café and bar scene

Walk the archaeological promenade

Discover the city’s numerous byzantine churches and ancient theatres

Wander old Athens

Relax in the National Garden of Athens

Hanna Fischer

Senior Travel Designer

Athens has a well-deserved reputation as Europe's oldest capital city so it is no surprise that's it has got so much to offer to history buffs. But beyond ancient ruins and historical museums, the city also plays hosts to an eclectic collection of restaurants and cafes, making it the perfect gateway to the rest of Greece.

Hanna Fischer

Senior Travel Designer

Luxury accommodation in Athens

There are many incredible places to stay in Athens. Here are some of our favourites, handpicked by our travel designers:
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When to visit

Greece is known for glorious summer weather, blazing sunshine and clear blue skies from May to September. This is typically the best time to visit Greece – the country is full of life and temperatures reach the late 30s. It’s also peak season, though, so many tourists descend on the small island.

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Beach Break

June - September

Religious Celebrations

Religious Celebrations

March - April

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