Are you looking for your next European destination? Look no further than Athens, Greece. The capital of Greece is full of rich history, archaeological ruins, beaches, and amazing cuisine. In the city you’ll find something for everyone, making it a great getaway for the entire family. So, what are you waiting for—start planning your Athens vacation.
Best Time to Visit
March and May and from September to November are the best times to visit Athens. During these months the weather is sunny and there are fewer crowds as well as cheaper airfare during the spring and fall than during the summer. You can also visit Athens during the winter, with the winter being pretty mild.
How to Get Around
The best way to get around the city is by foot or metro as most of Athens’ attractions are within walking distance or a short metro ride apart. We don’t suggest renting a car because traffic is heavy and you’ll struggle to find parking.
Where to Stay
Four Season Astir Palace Hotel Athens
This 5-star hotel is the best money can buy. Located on the Athens Rivera at the tip of a pine-clad peninsula, the hotel offers a seaside luxurious stay just 30 minutes from the historical center. There’s a private sand beach and marina as well as three restaurants.
Just steps from the city’s shopping district, metro station, historic attraction, and upscale restaurants, Hilton Athens, a 5-star hotel, has some of the best views of the Acropolis and city from the private balconies and rooftop bar. Some of the many amenities include a fitness center with a Pilates studio, indoor and outdoor pools, three restaurants, and a pastry shop.
O&B Athens Boutique Hotel
For a more budget hotel, check out O&B Athens Boutique Hotel. The hotel offers all of the basics at a great price and it includes a free buffet breakfast.
What to Do
This acropolis in central Athens has tons of monuments and ruins built between 510 and 400 B.C. that hold historical and cultural significance including the Pantheon, The Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion.
During the times of the ancient Greek city-states, people met for everything from military purposes to political and commercial ones at the agoras. The most popular one is Ancient Agora where Socrates used to lecture and where Saint Paul looked for converts to Christianity.
Located under the Acropolis, the historical city has tons of restaurants, cafes, and shops. You can find souvenirs as well as gorgeous gold jewelry.
What to Eat
Layers of sautéed eggplant, minced lamb, onion, garlic, and fried tomato mixed with spices and potato and topped with béchamel sauce and cheese come together in this rich dish.
Chunks of skewered pork, lamb, or goat served with chopped tomatoes and lettuce in pita bread with a yogurt-based sauce called tzatziki is one of the most popular street food in Greece.
For a sweet end to a meal, try baklava, which is crushed nuts and honey in filo pastry dough. Be warned—it’s a rich dessert.