With sunshine around 300 days per year, Athens, the capital city of Greece, is an exciting all seasons city break. A place where thousands of years of history, philosophy, culture, science, arts and politics blend beautifully with a modern, cosmopolitan and vivid life.
Ancient and modern, with equal measures of grunge and grace, bustling Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess. Iconic monuments mingle with first-rate museums, lively cafes and al fresco dining – and it’s downright fun.
Use the days to walk around exploring the numerous archaeological sites, byzantine churches, museums and galleries of the city, and for day trips to places like Ancient Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Nafplio, Epidaurus and Mycenae, Kalavryta and Mystras, or if you prefer take a day trip to the nearby islands of the Saronic Gulf: Salamis, Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Hydra and Spetses, or take a ride to Cape Sounion to admire the Temple of Poseidon and experience a stunning must-see sunset view, visit the renowned sites of Marathon, Eleusina and Vravrona.
Begin your stroll from Syntagma Square (Plateia Syntagmatos) the heart of modern Athens, to attend the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and take your first souvenir photo. Walk through the National Garden to the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
Climb up to Acropolis “the sacred rock”, to visit the Parthenon – the landmark of Athens and an international symbol for Greece – the Propylaea, the Erechtheum and the Temple of Athena Nike, some of the finest extant examples of classical architecture.
Explore the city’s charming neighborhoods, Makrygianni – next to the Acropolis Museum, Plaka, Thission, Kerameikos, Monastiraki, Psyrri and the stylish Kolonaki, or the bohemian Exarheia-near the National Archaeological museum, for their distinct character and architecture in the day, and for their vibrant nightlife in the evening.
For amazing panoramic views of the city centre and beyond, go up to Lycabettus hill (Lykavittos), Areios Pagos and Filopappou.
As the night falls, Athens will put a spell on you and take you up to the moon and back. With its colourful, creative and vibrant cultural scene and night life, with numerous theatres, cinemas, music halls, clubs, cocktail bars, gourmet restaurants, traditional tavernas and more, down town, at squares and rooftops, by the sea at the Athenian Riviera, at its northern posh suburbs, Kifissia, Politeia, Drossia, or the ones near to the centre, Philothei and Psychiko, Athens offers endless choices.
For shopping enthusiasts, Athens offers a rewarding experience, with a variety of choices for all tastes and pockets, from the stores in Ermou, the main pedestrian shopping street in the centre, to department stores, malls and villages and from the luxurious designers boutiques in Kolonaki, Kifissia and Glyfada to flea markets and street markets. If you love to shop you will love Athens in the winter. During the January and February sales you will find all shorts of interesting stuff for prices that would make it worth a trip every year.
Athens is a must destination that combines modern urban innovation with history, culture and natural beauty throughout the year. Discovering Athens is much more than a tour around its monuments and sightseeing. It offers a great array of exciting choices, easily accessible and visitor friendly around the year.
Whatever you decide to do, there is one thing you can be sure of: Athens is the ideal opportunity for sharing a once-in-a-lifetime experience.