Athens Vacations

Yes, we know the Greek islands are astoundingly beautiful, but to witness the icon of Western civilization, come to Athens. Highlights include walking in Plato or Aristotle's footsteps on the Acropolis, viewing the city from the Parthenon or visiting the Agora, an ancient Greek marketplace and modern-day attraction. Museums dedicated to Greek ... Read more
culture and history are plentiful in the city, as well, and the historical neighborhood of Plaka is the place to snag a hotel. In 2004, Athens hosted the Summer Olympic Games, and the remnants are on display at the Olympic Sports Complex. Athens is a great place to experiment with Greek cuisine, if you don't mind eating dinner after 8pm. Athens has a robust and vibrant nightlife due to late habits, with families enjoying restaurants late into the night, and younger people frequenting clubs every night of the week.

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The best time to visit Athens and the surrounding Attica region is in the spring and autumn when the weather is at its finest, hotel rates are low, and crowds are at a minimum. The city is especially quiet ... Read more
during the week of Easter when many shops and restaurants close down. Heading here in the winter also isn’t bad since the weather remains relatively mild. Summers are sweltering hot with temperatures that commonly reach 100 (37), along with hoards of tourists and higher hotel prices. If you do venture to Athens in the summer, especially during the hottest months of July and August, check to see that your hotel has air conditioning since not all hotels are blessed with this modern amenity.

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Athens reviews & trip reports

  • 9.8
    History Buffs
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
    Adventure Travelers
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    Family Travelers
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Pro 2018
Miami, Florida, USA

Athens is full of ancient history, architecture, and great food. The city is rather big so plan for a lot of time between all of the historic sites.

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Edinburgh, UK

Although the center and most of the interesting places to see are close to the Acropolis, it still is one the must see cities in Europe.

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Local from Athens, Greece

More than 3000 years of Western history, from then till now all in one, super vibrant city. Sort of like a big civizilation soup.
Great night life, more things to do and see than you possibly shake a stick at. Easy access to beautiful Islands, beaches and countryside.
Probably the most reasonably priced place to visit in Europe.
Go there love it!

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Local from Athens

Street food insider's info:
Traditional delicious souvlaki at Psyri,Iroon square 6
Nikita's tavern (mousaka + stuffed tomatos + fava ) at psyri area as well
Great falafel at Aiolou street
Lachmatzoun at Feyrouz (Aiolou street as well)
And, finally, impeakable seafood and fish at "to yperokeaneion" , Peiraeus.
Καλή όρεξη :)

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The Hague

Athens is beautiful! Go and walk trough town and just watch all the amazing hystory!

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Redwood City, California, USA

Athens is a big city with a lot of history! The views of the acropolis and temples are simply breathtaking! Very friendly locals and great food can be found just about anywhere! Transportation is easy to navigate and the American dollar goes very far!

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Glasgow, UK

An unusual city, very busy and lots of great food. Easy to complain that it is noisy and a bit grotty but there are some nice places and none of that, for me, detracted from the archaeological merits of the city. Worth a stop off for a few days on a grand tour but I think it would be hard to fill more than 4 or 5 days.

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Rochester, Minnesota, USA

There is so much history in Athens that it may be difficult to even know where to begin to see everything. I wish we would have had more time in Athens than we did, but that means that we'll need to return some day.

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Thetford, UK

Evzones guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens wearing the full dress uniform. This particular photo was taken during the changing of the guard.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

Nothing like the wealth of archeological sites and World clases museums. Lots to explore!

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