Your Travel Guide to Athens Greece

Athens is the capital city of Greece, birthplace of democracy and the most famous city of the Ancient World. It is a city bringing together past, present and future in a truly unique way. With the ancient ruins and temples of thousands of years ago standing side by side with the new modern buildings and infrastructure such as the Metro, Athens is the perfect example of living and breathing history.

Athens is home to some of the most important ancient and archaeological sites in the world. The most famous of course, is the Parthenon, which is situated at the top of the Acropolis rock that dominates the city. Visited by nearly every visitor to Athens, this unique structure is one that both amazes and inspires.

The peak of the Golden Age of Athens (5th Century BC) saw it as the centre of world, full of the greatest writers, most skilled sculptors and distinguished philosophers. People of the city flocked to the theatre so see that latest tragedy by Socrates, and the artistic skills of the Athenians was something that was shared by all. Political ideals, architecture, sculpture and art, philosophy and literature are just some of the symbols of the ancient city of Athens.

What is so impressive about the Golden Age is that even though now the importance of Athens has greatly diminished, the remains of the great historic city are still there for all to see. As well as the Parthenon, there are many other temples, ruins and remains scattered around the city that are visited by millions of visitors every year.

Parthenon in Athens Greece

Arriving in Athens

Arriving in Athens

Arriving in Athens for the first time might seem daunting, but it is very easy to travel onward to your hotel or destination from the airport of Athens or the ports. Arriving

Travelling Around

Travelling Around Athens

Public transport in the city has improved greatly over the years, and it has never been more easier to travel around Athens by using either the bus, Tram or Metro. Travelling

Athens Hotels

Hotels in Athens

You will find a huge selection of accommodation in Athens, with lots of places to stay right in the centre, as well as at some of the other parts of the city. Hotels in Athens

Foreign Embassies

Embassies in Athens

You never know what might happen when you are overseas on holiday, so it's worth knowing where your embassy or consulate is located in the city, just in case. Foreign Embassies

Tours in Athens

Take a look at the huge selection of Athens tours, excursions and experiences you can enjoy during your visit to the Greek capital.

Holidays to Athens - Visitor Guide to the City

Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens

In addition to the Acropolis of Athens and the Parthenon, there are many other popular monuments such as the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Olympian Zeus are just a few of the sites that Athens has to offer.

There are lots of great things to do in Athens that visitors will be spoilt for choice. There is something for everyone, whether you are travelling along, with a partner or with children.

During the hot summer months you can find shade in the beautiful National Gardens. As you take a walk around the gardens and admire the beautiful flowers and plants, you can find a bench under the shade of the trees grab a few minutes of peace, or read a book.

The beautiful Plaka district, located around the base of the Acropolis is filled with old houses and shops, as well as a fine selection of coffee shops and tavernas where you can sit back and enjoy a drink or meal. There is something quite special about enjoying a meal with friends or loved ones in a local taverna with the Acropolis looming overhead.

There are many winding roads you can walk through in Plaka and Anafiotika, that it is pretty easy to forget that you are actually in a city of 5 million, rather than on a small island.

Athens, like so many areas in Greece, is a place that really needs to be explored to be fully appreciated. If you arrive with the idea that once you have been up to the Parthenon, you have done and seen it all, then you will be very much mistaken.

There are many beautiful districts in Athens where you can enjoy an afternoon walk, or an evening meal. The Psiri area is very popular for restaurants and nightlife, and it a very popular part of the city, especially during the weekend.

Another very beautiful place to visit is that of Mikrolimano in Piraeus. You will find a stunning setting with the colourful harbour where you can enjoy a drink or meal at one of the many cafe bars or restaurants that are located all around the lovely harbour. This is a very popular destination for residents of Athens, and it is a place that is starting to become popular with visitors to the city.

As well as the historic center, there are many other beautiful parts of Athens that you can visit. Along the southern coast, known as the Athens Riviera, you will find lots of great beaches, nightclubs and places to enjoy a drink right next to the sea. The suburbs of Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni are home to some of the best nightlife and entertainment in the city, as well as having some excellent beaches.

If you continue to follow the coast heading south, you'll pass through some very popular coastal resorts such as Varkiza and Anavissos. At the southern most point, you'll reach cape Sounion, which is home to Sounion where you'll find the stunning Temple of Poseidon. Sunsets here are some of the best in Athens, and the journey along the coast is a very relaxing and enjoyable one.

The real Athens lies in the small winding roads, the tiny cafes in the back streets, the people of the city and the chaos of everyday Athenian life. This is the Athens that visitors should try to seek out if they want to truly gain an insight into the real Athens, and the magic and beauty that lies beneath the “glossy travel brochure image” of the city.

History of Athens

History of Athens

The history of Athens goes back thousands of years, with the city first being inhabited more than 8000 years ago, and which then went on to became the birthplace of democracy. Athens History

Athens Attractions

Attractions & Sightseeing in Athens

Athens is filled with amazing tourist attractions and sites to see including the ancient agora, Hadrian's Arch, the National Gardens, Zappeion and lots more interesting places. Attractions

The Acropolis

The Acropolis of Athens

The symbol of Athens is the world famous Acropolis, crowned with the majestic Parthenon temple on top. Read about the history of this stunning piece of ancient architecture. Acropolis & Parthenon

Museums in Athens

Museums of Athens

There are lots of fascinating museums located all around the city where you can find out more about the history of Athens and Greece, as well as about other cultures. Athens Museums

Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis is the most famous site in Greece and attracts visitors from all over the world who come to see the Parthenon - this historic monument to Ancient Greece

Athens Blog Posts

Take a look at our latest Athens Blog posts from our travel blog of Greece and see what's happening in the city

Explore the Heart of Athens Greece

The historic centre of Athens Greece is a vibrant and captivating collection of neighbourhoods that will transport you back in time. Here, ancient ruins coexist harmoniously with modern-day amenities, creating a unique atmosphere that is sure to leave a lasting impression on your visit.

Athens is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilization, and the historic centre stands as a testament to this. From the birthplace of democracy at the Ancient Agora to the awe-inspiring Acropolis, this neighbourhood offers a fascinating journey through time. As you explore the ruins, envision the lives of ancient Greeks and marvel at the architectural wonders that have withstood the test of time.

Venture through the labyrinthine streets of Plaka, the beating heart of Athens. This neighbourhood is a delight to wander, with its charming neoclassical buildings, vibrant bougainvillaea-clad balconies, and picturesque squares.

Lose yourself in the narrow alleys, discovering quaint shops selling traditional crafts, inviting cafes where you can savour Greek delicacies, and cosy tavernas offering a taste of authentic Greek cuisine.

Monastiraki Square in Athens

As you continue your exploration, don't miss Monastiraki, a bustling neighbourhood brimming with energy. Here, you'll find the vibrant Monastiraki Flea Market, a treasure trove of antiques, souvenirs, and quirky finds. Lose yourself amidst the vibrant stalls, bargaining for unique mementoes to take back home. Nearby, you'll encounter the ancient Roman Agora, where history comes alive through the well-preserved ruins. Climb the steps of the Tower of the Winds and marvel at its intricate design, offering a glimpse into the ancient Greeks' remarkable engineering skills.

Psiri is a neighbourhood that has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Once a gritty, industrial district, it has blossomed into a trendy and artistic hub. Psiri is known for its vibrant nightlife, with numerous bars, clubs, and live music venues dotting its streets. As the sun sets, the area comes alive with the sounds of laughter, clinking glasses, and live performances. The narrow streets are lined with colourful street art, independent boutiques, and hip cafes where you can enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee. It's a place that effortlessly blends the old and the new, offering a glimpse into the evolving cultural landscape of Athens.

On the other hand, Thissio exudes a more laid-back and tranquil atmosphere. Nestled at the foot of the Acropolis, this neighbourhood offers breathtaking views of the ancient ruins and the city below. Thissio is known for its green spaces, including the beautiful Thissio Park, where you can relax, take a stroll, or enjoy a picnic while taking in stunning views. The pedestrianized Apostolou Pavlou Street is a popular gathering place, lined with charming cafes and tavernas. It's the perfect spot to savour a delicious meal while basking in the historical ambience of Athens. Thissio is also home to the Ancient Agora, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, where you can explore the ruins and immerse yourself in ancient history.

The historic centre of Athens is a captivating blend of ancient history and contemporary charm. With its enchanting neighbourhoods, ancient ruins, and vibrant atmosphere, it offers a truly immersive experience. So, wander its streets, discover its hidden gems, and let yourself be captivated by the timeless allure of this remarkable neighbourhood. Athens awaits you with open arms, ready to weave its spell of history, culture, and warm Greek hospitality.


Neighbourhood of Monastiraki

Situated in the heart of Athens, the vibrant neighborhood of Monastiraki breathes life into the ancient city. Steeped in history and bustling with energy, it captivates both locals and tourists alike. As you wander through its narrow, winding streets, you'll encounter a seamless fusion of the old and the new. Explore Monastiraki


Neighbourhood of Plaka

Nestled at the foot of the Acropolis, the enchanting neighborhood of Plaka in Athens exudes an irresistible charm. Step into its streets, and you'll be transported to a bygone era. Cobbled pathways, neoclassical buildings, and colorful bougainvillea create a picturesque backdrop that is straight out of a postcard. Explore Plaka


Neighbourhood of Psiri

As you wander through its lively streets, you'll be captivated by the colorful street art that adorns the buildings, showcasing the neighborhood's rebellious character. Psiri is a haven for artists, musicians, and performers, with hidden art galleries and underground music venues waiting to be discovered. Explore Psiri


Neighbourhood of Thissio

Located between the iconic Acropolis and the lively neighborhood of Monastiraki, Thissio in Athens is a picturesque neighborhood that seamlessly blends history, nature, and urban charm. With its panoramic views, leafy parks, and ancient ruins, Thissio offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city. Explore Thissio

Hotels in Athens

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Beyond the City Centre of Athens

Athenian Riviera

The Athenian Riviera

The Athenian Riviera, a captivating coastal stretch near Athens, offers a blend of natural beauty, luxurious resorts, and vibrant beachfront towns. With its crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and breathtaking views, it entices sun-seekers and those seeking an escape from the busy and noisy city. Athens Riviera

City of Piraeus

City and Port of Piraeus

Piraeus, the bustling city and port near Athens, holds a significant place in Greek history and serves as the main gateway to the Greek islands. Today, Piraeus is a vibrant destination with a unique character, offering diverse neighborhoods, bustling markets, and a rich local culture. Piraeus

Northern Suburbs

Northern Suburbs of Athens

The Northern Suburbs of Athens offer a refreshing escape from the bustling city center, presenting a harmonious blend of natural beauty, upscale neighborhoods, and cultural attractions. It boasts a collection of charming towns and picturesque neighborhoods such as Kifissia and Ekali. North Athens


Temple of Poseidon in Sounio

Sounio, a coastal gem located just a short drive from Athens, captivates travelers with its timeless beauty and rich history. Perched on the southern tip of the Attica peninsula, this enchanting destination offers a harmonious blend of ancient ruins, beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes. Cape Sounio