Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital city of Greece and is a sprawling city with plenty of historical sights, bustling port and a wealth of restaurants and shops to suit every taste and budget. As well as being historically important, Athens is also commercially important and has one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean.

Athens

Athens is busy and crowded and is spread over many districts. The old quarters of Thisson and Psirri are popular nightlife areas and has a distinctive character with its original charm. The commercial heart of the city is around Syntagma Square which is dominated by the old Royal Palace and has many major hotels and restaurants. Just beyond the city's southern edge is the bustling port of Piraeus which offers a ferry service to the outlying islands.

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Athens Hotels (75)

Golden Coast Hotel and Bungalows Photograph of Golden Coast Hotel and Bungalows
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A 4 star hotel built in typical Greek style in extensive grounds. The complex is ideal for families, couples and business users alike....

4.8 / 5 from 4 reviews

Plaza Resort Hotel Photograph of Plaza Resort Hotel
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The Plaza Resort Hotel is a luxurious hotel set on the sandy beach of Anavyssos. The hotel offers guests a winning combination of excellent hospitality and good facilities....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

Grande Bretagne Hotel Photograph of Grande Bretagne Hotel
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The Grande Bretagne Hotel is one of the most famous and luxurious hotels in Greece and here guests are invited to discover a world of elegance and excellent service....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

Eden Beach Resort Hotel Attica Photograph of Eden Beach Resort Hotel Attica
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Situated on the south-eastern outskirts of Athens, the Eden Beach Resort Hotel offers comfortable accommodation with a good range of facilities on site....

4.3 / 5 from 6 reviews

Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel Photograph of Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel
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The Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel is set in an amazing location in the shadow of the Acropolis....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

Royal Olympic Hotel Photograph of Royal Olympic Hotel
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This hotel will appeal to anyone looking for a centrally situated, luxury hotel with excellent service and high standards; perfect for those who wish to be pampered....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel Photograph of Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel
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The Sofitel offers on site 2 restaurants and 2 bars, and make this an ideal choice for the business or leisure traveller wanting to stay next to the international airport....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

Achilleas Hotel Photograph of Achilleas Hotel
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The Achilleas Hotel is a centrally located hotel and is set in a small quiet street....

Acropol Hotel Photograph of Acropol Hotel
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The Acropol Hotel is centrally located perfect for visiting all this city has to offer....

Acropolis Hill Hotel Photograph of Acropolis Hill Hotel
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Contemporary styled hotel at the foot of the Philopappos hill, offering commanding views of the Acropolis...

Adrian Hotel Photograph of Adrian Hotel
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Located in the Plaka district, the hotel has elegant styling and a roof-top terrace with views to the Acropolis...

Amalia Hotel Photograph of Amalia Hotel
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Located opposite the National Gardens in the historic district, the hotel enjoys views over the city from its roof-top terrace...

Amaryllis Inn Hotel Photograph of Amaryllis Inn Hotel
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Amaryllis Inn is a two star hotel located on a quite road at the downtown commercial centre of Athens. ...

Anita Hotel Photograph of Anita Hotel
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Small and comfortable hotel with an ideal location near the port making this the perfect base for taking boat tours and exploring this area of Athens....

Arion Athens Hotel Photograph of Arion Athens Hotel
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The Arion Athens Hotel offers guests a charming hotel and is set in an unforgettable location on the quiet square overlooking St Dimitrios church. The hotels excellent location, high standard of room...

Astir Palace Aphroditi Hotel Photograph of Astir Palace Aphroditi Hotel
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The Astir Palace Aphroditi Hotel has a good choice of hotel services and facilities to meet the needs of leisure and business travellers....

Astor Hotel Photograph of Astor Hotel
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The hotel Astor is a fine hotel in an ideal loction for sight seeing and enjoying the city of Athens...

Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Photograph of Athenian Callirhoe Hotel
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A Luxury 5 star hotel in the heart of the city offering lavish accommodation and quality service that ensures an unforgettable stay....

Athens Center Square Hotel Photograph of Athens Center Square Hotel
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Surrounded by shops, restaurants, cafes and nightlife spots, the hotel offers a convenient location just a short walk from the major archaeological sites....

Athens Cypria Hotel Photograph of Athens Cypria Hotel
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The Hotel Athens Cypria is a perfect choice for everyone looking for a joyful holiday....

Athens Lotus Hotel Photograph of Athens Lotus Hotel
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Athens Lotus Hotel is a small and friendly hotel in the historical centre, just 5 minutes walk from the bus and train station for easy sight-seeing....

Athens Plaza Hotel Photograph of Athens Plaza Hotel
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It is the ideal choice for those looking for a relaxing holiday next to the town centre, perfect for visiting all Athens has to offer....

Best Western Candia Hotel Photograph of Best Western Candia Hotel
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With plenty of onsite facilities and easy access to public transport, the Best Western Candia Hotel is a great base to see all that Athens has to offer....

Best Western Esperia Palace Hotel Photograph of Best Western Esperia Palace Hotel
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All the major sights are within walking distance 20 min walk to Acropolis and Plaka, 10 min walk to the National garden, 20 min walk to the archaeological sites and Museums, inside the area of exclusi...

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Athens Reviews

Mr M Barnes, Chatham

Holiday Date:29th Oct 2014
Accommodation:Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel
Room:Superior Double Or Twin
Board:Room Only
(3 suns)

Only used as a stop over.

Mrs M Vrahimis, Potters Bar

Holiday Date:6th Oct 2014
Accommodation:Royal Olympic Hotel
Room:Deluxe Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Enjoyable.

Mrs S Rawsthorn, Poole

Holiday Date:8th Aug 2014
Accommodation:Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Athens is a great city for sightseeing - use either the happy train or hoho buses to get around. Plenty of cafes and restaurants - find the backstreet mom and pop places for best value. Athens airport transfers - either use the metro for cheap transport - or a taxi is a set 38 euros including tolls, tips etc. Get up to the Parthenon on the acropolis early in the day to miss the hectic crowds.

Mr J Palmer, Nassau

Holiday Date:3rd Aug 2014
Accommodation:Grande Bretagne Hotel
Room:Classic Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(3 suns)

Athens is actually a little limited for an extended tourist stay.

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Things to See

One of the most famous sights in Athens has to be the Acropolis which rises out of the centre of the city. You can easily walk from the Acropolis to many other main attractions and at the same time browse the main shops or enjoy a drink at one of the many cafes along the way. Key sights include the Ancient Agora (marketplace), Kerameikos, the first cemetery and the National Archeological Museum.

Out and About

The best views of Athens can be found from the top of Lykavittos Hill where on a clear day you will see the whole city, the port of Piraeus and the island of Aegina and the Peloponnese. If you want to escape the city head out to the beaches south of Athens which can easily be reached by buses or the metro.

Quick Facts

Flight Time: London to Athens takes approximately 3 hours 25 minutes.

Best time to visit Athens: Spring and late Autumn. Summer months can be extremely hot in heatwaves.

Graph displaying average temperatures throughout the year at Athens

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