Athens Guide: Plan your Trip to Athens

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

View of Acropolis and ancient Agora of Athens,

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.

How many days should I spend in Athens?

50 things to do in Athens

Best places to visit in Athens

The best historical sites to visit in Athens

Free things to do in Athens

Athens Combo Ticket

Athens Landmarks

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.

When is the the best time to visit Athens?

Athens in winter

Athens in summer

Athens in March

Athens in September

Athens in October

How to Get Around Athens

Public transportation Athens Guide

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 public transportation guide.

How to get from Athens airport to city centre.

How to get from Athens airport to the Acropolis.

How to get from Athens airport to Piraeus Port.

How to get from Piraeus port to the city centre.

Athens Itineraries

Monastiraki square from above
Monastiraki square from above

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. 

One day in Athens

Two days in Athens

Three days in Athens

Five days in Athens

A Weekend in Athens

The best areas in Athens

Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian’s Gate

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.

The best neighborhoods in Athens

Syntagma Square and the surrounding area

Discover Monastiraki area in Athens

Anafiotika, an area in the heart of Athens

Plaka, Things to do and see

Psiri, A guide to a vibrant neighborhood

Kolonaki, Athens’ Chic and Elegant Urban Neighborhood

Exarchia, Athens: An Alternative Neighborhood

Exploring Thissio Neighborhood in Athens

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.

Where to stay in Athens

The best Athens hotels with pools

Attractions in Athens

Parthenon temple
Parthenon temple

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.

Visiting the Acropolis, a local’s guide

Panathenaic Stadium or Kallimarmaro in Athens

The Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

Areopagus Hill or Mars Hill

Pnyx Hill, the birthplace of modern democracy

Hadrian’s Library

Stoa of Attalos

Ancient Agora

Temple of Hephaestus

Odeon of Herodus Atticus

Theatre of Dionysus

Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Tower of the winds

Roman Agora

Philopappos Hill

The National Gardens

Lake Vouliagmeni

Kerameikos Cemetery and Museum

The Evzones and the Changing of the Guards in Athens

The 7 Hills of Athens

Best Squares in Athens

Zappeion Hall

Aristotle’s Lyceum in Athens

Tours in Athens

Cooking Class

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.

The best Athens tours

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.

The best flea markets in Athens

Athens Central Market – Varvakios Agora

Ermou Street – The Main Shopping Street in Athens

Best Athens Souvenirs to Buy

Shopping in Athens

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.

The best rooftop restaurants in Athens

The best street food in Athens

The best places for dessert in Athens

Best Greek food to try in Athens

Best Brunch in Athens

Best Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants 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.

The best rooftop bars in Athens

The best wine bars in Athens

Day trips and Getaways from Athens

Sunset Temple of Poseidon
Sunset Temple of Poseidon

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.

The best day trips from Athens

How to get from Athens to Hydra on a day trip.

Athens One day Cruise to Hydra, Poros, and Aegina.

Temple of Poseidon Sounio, a day trip from Athens

A day trip to Meteora from Athens

A Mykonos day trip from Athens

A Santorini day trip from Athens

Nafpllio a day trip from Athens

The best islands near Athens

A Day Trip From Athens to Mycenae

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. 

How did Athens get its name

Top Ancient Greek Philosophers

The Evil Eye – An Ancient Greek Belief

Greek Easter Traditions

The 12 Greek Gods of Mount Olympus

10 Famous Athenians

18 Facts About Athens