Holidays to Athens in 2014

Houses in Plaka area under acropolis Odeon of Herodes Atticus
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Be amazed by Athens

Brimming with aromatic tavernas, lively neighbourhoods, and plenty of ancient culture mixed with modernity, there is nothing truly like holidays to Athens. Explore street markets, relax with a bottle of wine and a Greek salad, and wander through streets for something historic to see at every street corner.

In preparation for the 2004 Olympic Games, a lot of money was spent on regenerating the city, which in turn boosted the city’s appeal for a great holiday. Gone are the days when Athens was just the best place to fly into before catching a boat to the Greek Islands like Mykonos or Santorini, the city now exudes a certain charm and character which attracts holidaymakers from across the world.

The Greek life

As you find out on holidays to Athens, it is actually quite a large city with tons of hotel options. The scenic heart of the capital is centred on the dazzling Acropolis in Plaka. With rooftop terrace gardens and patios, views of the Parthenon lit up at night, and easy access to the metro and shops, this is the spot for those who are in Athens for a little while or just want beautiful views. If it’s upscale boutiques, gourmet restaurants and trendy nightspots you are looking for, then there is no better place than Kolonaki, one of Athens' most attractive neighbourhoods.

For those looking for a quick stopover in Athens before exploring the rest of Greece, staying nearby the port of Piraeus is as good a spot as any. Here you can be within walking distance of the harbour and only a short distance away from the metro that can take you into the heart of the city or to the bus terminals for day trips to Corinth and Delphi.

Out and about in Athens

One of the main attractions of Athens holidays is that the city is quite compact and most of the highlights are accessible on foot from the central area around the Acropolis near the Plaka district. As you will soon discover, walking is the best way to soak up the atmosphere and run into culture on every turn.

Start with a visit to the world-renowned National Archaeological Museum before a visit to the Panathenaic Stadium which dates back to 330 BCE and hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Even today this 70,000-seater stadium is used for concerts and large events. Obviously no trip to Athens would be complete without seeing the city's most famous landmark, the Acropolis, and a great place to view it is from the monument on Philopappou Hill opposite.

Couple all of the above with attractive pedestrianized streets, leafy parks, great shopping, pine-covered hillsides, numerous bars and restaurants and a lively nightlife scene, and it is easy to see why Athens has become a popular Mediterranean holiday destination in the last few years.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Greek
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +2 hours
Local airport: Athens E. Venizelos Intl
Flight time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Athens Adventure Attractions

With a selection of 20 beaches, you won’t be lost for a view of the sea. Alimos beach is very close to the city centre so you can head there for a quick escape from busy city life. If you want something more chilled, take a trip to Glyfada’s sandy beach where you’ll also find some secluded coves. For something more cultural, try visiting the The Acropolis where you can view the ruins of three temples built in the 5th century BC.

Athens Festivals

For a true taste of Athens life, visit the Hellenic Festival. Towards the end of summer to early autumn, the International Petra Festival, which often attracts much of the same performers as those who attend the Hellenic Festival. For a sight to remember, purchase tickets to the Night of the Full Moon at the Acropolis.

Athens Adventure Activities

Join the Athens YMCA mountain bike trail which is 18 mies long with a moratorium on the trail development. To try out snorkeling, head towards Sounio where the rocky coves are deep. Alternatively for an assisted bareboat charter, try out flotilla sailing in the Ionian – Lefkas.

Athens Extreme Sports

Why not up the anti and keep fit during your action holiday in Athens by running in or watching the Athens Classic Marathon. Alternatively there is a wide variety of excursions available, most of which there will be details in available in your hotel lobby.