Flights to Athens (ATH)

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Few, if any, places can boast the historical and cultural credentials of Athens. That's thanks to its rich history – it's the oldest capital city in Europe, was the home to many of the great philosophers and playwrights of the last three millennia, and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Plus, its ancient landmarks are renowned across the globe, such as the Parthenon on Acropolis Hill. Boarding a flight to Athens is like travelling back in time.

But there's more to Athens than its fascinating history, and the modern day city has a lot to offer. Ever since it hosted the Olympics in 2004, increasing investments in Athens’ infrastructure, along with the regeneration of certain areas and dusting off of its hidden gems, have made the Greek capital more tourist-friendly than ever.

There are a huge number of options when it comes to things to do, what to eat and where to stay; everything from five-star traditional hotels that host world leaders to hip and funky hostels are available.

There are a huge number of options when it comes to things to do, what to eat and where to stay; everything from five-star traditional hotels that host world leaders to hip and funky hostels are available.

The food is a particular highlight – and small tavernas sit comfortably alongside multi-Michelin-starred eateries that are continually pushing the boundaries of Greek cuisine. High-end treats continue in the upmarket shopping boutiques of Attica or the district of Ermou.

And while this is a city drenched in history, its youthful, playful attributes are demanding attention. The ancient sites are a must-visit – they are revered for a reason – but it's good to make time for simply hanging out in rejuvenated area such as Gazi.

Other hip areas have sprung up offering a vibrant choice of lounges, restaurants and nightlife venues, so staying out into the early hours with the locals is as easy as it is fun. Grab a coffee and a plate of keftedes and watch the world go by, or take in the city as a whole from the vantage point of Mount Lycabettus.

And when you've had your fill of the fun of the city, make your way to one of the beautiful beaches such as Legrena or Votsalakia.

Hang out in trendy Gazi

This is one of the city's coolest regenerated neighbourhoods. A quick conversion of a gas tower into a cultural space, and the opening up of various hip lounges, and Gazi became the place to be in Athens. Start at Gazarte – a lounge, restaurant, gig venue, cinema and bookstore all in one.

Voutadon 32-34
+30 21 0346 0347

Shop at Varvakios Agora

If you love good food and exciting produce, seek out Varvakios Agora, also known as the Central Market, in Athens. Vibrant colours are everywhere as sellers hawk all types of fish, meat and vegetables. You can also purchase fantastic Greek spices and cheeses, and stop for a bite at one of the nearby tavernas.

42 Athinas Street

Visit the Parthenon

As one of the world’s most recognisable historical structures, getting up close and learning more about this iconic building is a must. It's been a temple, a treasury, a fortress and a mosque during its 2,500-year history. At night the Acropolis sound and light show adds a whole new dimension.

Acropolis Hill
+30 21 0321 4172

Alternative Tours of Athens

There are so many sites and points of interest in Athens that hiring a tour guide is always worth the investment. And to make the experience even more interesting, try an Alternative Tour. Led by a local, these tours provide a unique perspective on this fascinating Greek city.

28 Karaiskaki Street
105 54
+30 6948 405 242

Summit Mount Lycabettus

For one of the best views of Athens, venture to the top of Mount Lycabettus. You can hike up or, for a more relaxed option, take the funicular. At the top is the chapel of St George and a cafe where you can refresh from the climb. The views are stunning, and particularly dramatic as the sun sets and the city lights up.

Mount Lycabettus

Lay back in Lake Vouliagmeni

The warm waters of this beautiful lake provide a perfect spot to unwind. An added bonus is the fish that nibble at your feet, a treat that spas charge for. There is a cafe and restaurant too, making the trip out of central Athens well worth it. At night the site is beautifully lit, rounding off a thoroughly relaxing day.

Vouliagmeni Lake Natural Spa Waters
Vari Voula Vouliagmeni
+30 21 0896 2237

Base Grill (Steakhouse)

If meat is your thing, then book a table at this popular restaurant in Bournazi. Boasting the best steaks in the city, some of their house dishes are so popular that other eateries in Athens have copied them. Try the fries made into a nest that contains runny eggs – it's the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful steak.

Konstantinoupoleos 64
+30 21 0575 7455

Rakor (Modern Greek)

One of the best value for money restaurants in Athens, the modern take on Greek food accompanied by live Jazz music is a must-visit. The menu offers plenty for meat lovers and vegetarians alike, and the staff are very friendly, meaning it's definitely worth seeking out this hidden gem in the back streets of Kerameikos.

Plataion 10 & Granikou
+30 21 1710 8877

Varoulko Seaside (Seafood)

Lefteris Lazarou is a culinary master; he was the first chef to receive a Michelin star showcasing Greek food. At his restaurant in Piraeus, all of the focus is on seafood. This entire experience is romantic, while the superb food has people returning time and again. Try the grilled cuttlefish with caramelised lentils and orange sauce.

Akti Koumoundourou 52
+30 21 0522 8400

Spondi (Mediterranean)

Having been lauded as the best restaurant in Greece for more than a decade, it is little wonder why Spondi is the top of many people’s must visit list. Impeccably stylish, this two Michelin-starred restaurant serves up dishes that effortlessly blend classic flavours with modern twists. If you are serious about your food, this restaurant is not to be missed when visiting Athens.

Pyrronos 5
116 36
+30 210 756 4021

Funky Gourmet (International)

Art, food and funkiness fuse to create the wonder that is two Michelin-starred Funky Gourmet. The degustation menu is a treat for your eyes as well as your taste buds, as the chefs take Greece’s seasonal produce and transform them into a special event. Private dining is available for special occasions.

13 Paramithias Street and Salaminos
+30 21 0524 2727

City Circus Athens

This charming hostel comes with free Wi-Fi, breakfast and bags of fun. The rooftop terrace offers great views and the cafe is open all day. For a hostel the beds are particularly comfy and everything is very clean. Even bedtime stories are available upon request.

Sarri 16
+30 21 3023 7244

The Hotel Grand Bretagne

This is one of the finest hotels in Athens, and the impressive building hosts world leaders and top celebrities when they are in town. Everything is on a grand scale, but the service is warm and boutique-like in nature. Book the Royal Suite to ensure incredible views across Athens and even a grand piano to practise your scales on.

Syntagma Square
+30 21 0333 0000

The Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort

Set overlooking the sea, this fantastic complex boasts exceptional restaurants, lots of meeting facilities and is also a stunning location for those looking to tie the knot. Sit by the pool and sip a cool sundowner as you look out over the Mediterranean Sea.

40 Apollonos Street
Astir Palace Complex
+30 210 8902000

Hotel Attalos

A good location and pleasant service make this a great budget option for a stay in Athens. With a metro station across the road, many use it as a first or final night option due to the ease of access to the airport. But many also decide to stay at the hotel for their entire trip.

29 Athinas Street
+30 21 0321 2801

Hera Hotel

Nestled at the foot of Acropolis Hill, this elegant boutique hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city’s historical sites. Its fresh decor and stylish rooms make it a welcome haven after a busy day. Pick the Junior Suite to ensure a stunning view of the Acropolis towering over the hotel.

Falirou 9
+30 210 923 6682

Grecotel Pallas Athena

Funky, quirky rooms, some embellished with graffiti, are the stars of this high-end boutique hotel. The service is excellent, and the fresh and fun feeling throughout makes it a welcome sanctuary in the city. There's an art gallery on the first floor that hosts exhibitions, so be sure to pop in and see what’s hanging.

65 Athinas Street and Likourgou
Kotzia Square
+ 30 21 0325 0900

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