The Athens Travel Blog to Help You Plan Your Trip to Athens
Planning a trip to Athens? Let us show you our Athens – a vibrant cultural metropolis with a wise and ancient soul. We’re here to help you with every detail of your visit – from practical details like how to get into town from the airport and navigate the city and the best places to stay, to insider culture tips like the perfect time to visit the Acropolis and the museums you won’t want to miss. We’ll also show you how to enjoy the city like an Athenian, sharing the best tips for dining out, nightlife, and culture.
Athens Travel Planning & Tips
In Athens, contemporary culture thrives in one of the world’s most captivating historic settings. Athens – so rich in history, culture, entertainment, and cuisine abounds in fascinating things to see and do. Our Athens guide can help you make the most of your visit – whether it’s an extended stay or a brief one. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about visiting the key historic sights, the best places to visit, and many ways to experience the unique culture of Athens like a local.
When to go to Athens
Athens is definitely an all season destination, filled with year-round pleasures. Our complete guide to Athens can help you find the perfect time to visit the city. Many imagine Athens under a bright summer sun. But the Athens of fall, winter, and spring is the Athens of the true Athenians, when the cultural season is in full swing. You’re welcome to join us – this is an amazing city-break destination throughout the year.
How to Get Around Athens
It’s surprisingly easy to navigate this metropolis when you have a local to show you the way. Our guide to Athens will have you getting from the airport to the Acropolis without breaking a sweat, and have you in the port of Piraeus in plenty of time to catch your ferry to the islands.
Athens is the gateway to all of Greece. Are you just passing through on your way to the islands or the Peloponnese? Give us just a day, and this Athens Guide will make sure you get a taste of the city and see a few of the major monuments and sights. But if you can spend more time, these itineraries for two days and more will introduce you to all the famous sights – and contemporary pleasures – of the city.
The best areas in Athens
Athens is a large city, and each of its neighborhoods and districts has a special, individual character. Most visitors will end up at Syntagma square and in the Plaka at some time or another, but Athens is so much more than that. Let us also show you chic Kolonaki, counterculturalist Exarchia, and enchanting Anafiotika – just a few of the many neighborhoods we share in our Athens Guide that are popular among Athenians.
Staying in Athens
Just as the city has a tremendous diversity of experiences, Athens also has a fantastic variety of hotels. Are you looking for a boutique hotel with style and character? Or maybe a luxury stay in the heart of the city center, with views of the Acropolis? Maybe you want to cool off in a rooftop pool after a day of sightseeing. Whatever your taste, our Athens guide can help you find the ideal home away from home, Athens-style.
Attractions in Athens
The Archaeological riches of Athens are incomparable. In our complete guide to Athens, we’ll introduce you to not just all the most famous monuments, but also some of the hidden gems of history, while we share the stories that bring them to life.
Tours in Athens
Are you looking for a curated experience from a unique perspective? Let us introduce you to some of Athens’ most fascinating tours. Whatever your interest (and age group – Athens adores children), a guided tour can provide deep – and entertaining – insight into culture and history. Guided tours are also a very convenient way to enjoy the most sights with no hassle – here below are some of our favorites.
Shopping in Athens
Shoppers of every style will love Athens. From bespoke Athenian fashions to mementoes from the famous antiques bazaars of Monastiraki, you’re sure to find something meaningful that you love that will forever remind you of your visit. In our Athens guide, we share the best addresses for creative and original souvenirs, fashions, antiques, bookshops, and more.
Where to eat in Athens
This is an amazing food town. Of course, you’ll want to have a classic taverna meal or an evening at an ouzerie. But maybe what you are really craving is a fantastic Acropolis view to go with your meal. Or a taste of Athens’ vibrant and creative international street-food scene. Or a little something sweet. In our guide to Athens, we’ll take you to all the best places. No one goes hungry in Athens.
Where to drink in Athens
In the city that invented the Symposium, there is no lack of wine bars – or engaging conversation. Drink and socializing go hand-in-hand in civilized Athens. Let us take you to favorite places to learn about Greek wines, sip cocktails on rooftops, marvel at molecular cocktails, and drink craft beers.
Day trips and Getaways from Athens
Athens is the gateway to Greece’s most exciting destinations – some are world-famous, while others are local secrets. There are many fascinating destinations from Athens. Our Athens guide introduces you to day trips to the islands, to the famous archaeological sites of Ancient Greece, and to other fascinating destinations to make the most of your athenian holiday.
Culture in Greece
A little background always makes travel even more enriching. You’ll be walking in the steps of the great philosophers of the Ancient World. We’d love to help you get to know them a little better – they make the best guides of all. And what about the customs of modern Greeks? We’ll share some of those, too. In our guide to Athens, we share cultural and historic insights to make your Greek experience all the richer.