Athens Holidays

Your Athens holiday

With its first settlements beginning around 3000 BCE, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world. Characterized by its resilience, the city has been invaded, occupied, and destroyed numerous times over by conquerors, empires, and armies throughout the centuries.

Originally a centre of Mycenaean civilization, Athens was ruled by kings until 1400 BCE when social unrest pushed through a new constitution that laid foundations for democracy.

When Cleisthenes came to power in 508, he set up electorates to choose representatives in the city’s governing council, marking the birth of democracy.

Athens’ Golden Age began in the 5th century BCE, which was a time of advances in architecture, art, drama, and philosophy. The city was home to great minds such as Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates.

Wars with Sparta, northern Macedonian domination, and the conquests of Alexander the Great marked the 3rd and 4th centuries BCE for Athens until the Romans subsumed the city into its empire in the 2nd century.

Under Ottoman rule from 1458 to 1833, Athens suffered the looting, destruction of ancient monuments, and general decline. The War of Independence in 1833 liberated Greece as a country and Athens became its capital.

The Germans occupied Athens during the Second World War. Afterwards, the city experienced a large population spike. Greece joined the European Union in 1981, which helped investment, but in recent years the city has struggled with traffic, pollution and economic instability.

Book a flight to Athens today to take a trip to the cradle of Western civilisation.

The city at the cultural core of Ancient Greece, Athens is a place of mythological gods, the birthplace of democracy and philosophers Plato and Aristotle, the site of the first modern Olympics, and home to incredible monuments like the Parthenon.

Athens today is as culturally vibrant as its past with bustling streets and cafes, a plethora of theatres, and a nightlife that would make the Olympian gods blush.

So plan your weekend in Athens now!

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Rio Hotel Athens

3 stars
3.7 / 5 19 reviews
Hotel RIO Athens is located in the center of Athens, on the quiet pedestrian street of the Karaiskaki square, next the subway station METAXOURGHIO and quite near the international railway station. It is 1 Km away from the Syntagma sq,from plaka and Akropolis area,25 minutes drive from the Athens international airport and 15 minutes from the port of PIREAUS by subway.RIO is a beautiful neoclassical building entirely restored, blending every modern convenience with the classical aesthetic. The hotel rooms are welcoming and fitted out with air-conditioning, personal bath or shower, satellite TV, mini bar, hairdryer, direct dial phone with the aim of your complete comfort. There is also at the ground floor CAFE -BAR and restaurant.The hotel is open 12 months a year.
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Chic Hotel Athens

4 stars
4.1 / 5 21 reviews
Updated vintage building in central Athens Chic Hotel Athens, a 4-star hotel (opened November 2009) located in the heart of Athens, in a classical 19th-century building, combines the atmosphere of the classical period with the technology of the 21st century. The four-story building has been completely renovated and turned into a modern hotel on a prime spot on Piraeus Street and the famous Omonia square.  Highlights Stylish hotel in historic buildingFree Wi-Fi accessMeeting/banquet facilities Rooms The 35 rooms fall into 3 categories: double rooms with queen beds, high-tech rooms with digital entertainment, and junior suites. The rooms, including non-smoking and smoking, feature the ample natural light, modern design and devices, and wood furniture. All rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen satellite television, telephone, individual air conditioning and heating, desk, hairdryer, and orthopedic mattresses and cotton sheets offering an unforgettable sleep. Features Chic Hotel Athens, in a desirable central location on Piraeus Street and Omonia square, brings sleek contemporary style to a neo-Classical 19th-century building. The hotel staff arranges and organizes every wish of guests, from baby cot and laptop or car rental to sightseeing tours, museum tickets, and airport transfers.  Transportation Athens International Airport (25 mi/40.2 km)Athens Larissa train station (0.7 mi/1.1 km) Nearby attractions The Acropolis (4.7 mi/7.5 km)National Archaeological Museum (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Ancient Agora Museum (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
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Athens Ledra Hotel

5 stars
4.1 / 5 8 reviews
Pleasure meets business with cocktails and rooftop pool at Athens hotelThe Ledra Hotel Athens is located in the Kallithea area. Spacious rooms feature comfortable beds while bars and restaurants provide on-site convenience. Access high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel (fees apply). Pop into the fitness center 24/7 or swim and sunbathe at the seasonal rooftop pool. Set on a main thoroughfare, Ledra Hotel Athens offers views of the Acropolis and the bustling city. Catch the shuttle to cafes and shops along the winding streets of Plaka (fees apply). HighlightsHotel shuttle to Syntagma Square, Plaka district and central Athens (fees apply)Business centerSeasonal rooftop swimming pool and bar24-hour fitness centerTwo restaurants, one with Greek cuisine and one with Asian-fusion RoomsFind large, American-style guest rooms at Ledra Hotel Athens. Roomy bathrooms and comfortable beds with luxurious bedding, custom duvets and tailored bed skirts combine with traditional decor in 308 rooms and six suites. The only hotel in Athens to offer spacious double-double accommodations also adds safes, individual climate controls, satellite TV and mini-bars. Generously-sized work areas with high-speed wired and wireless Internet access at Ledra Hotel Athens are popular among business travelers (fees apply). An extra person fee of EUR 20 will apply for the 3rd & 4th person over the age of 12. FeaturesLedra Hotel Athens is short drive or taxi ride from Piraeus Port, with self and valet parking on site (fees apply). Request laundry services (fees apply), use the ATM in the lobby and find a full range of services in the business center at Ledra Hotel Athens. DiningIn addition to the summertime pool bar, the Crystal Lounge at Ledra Hotel Athens makes an atmospheric place to meet friends or colleagues. The Zephyros Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine from breakfast through dinner in a casual atmosphere. At Kona Kai Restaurant, an Asian-fusion menu mingles Polynesian flavors and teppanyaki dishes with fresh sushi. Adjacent Kona Kai Bar and Bali Lounge continue the theme with spirited cocktails at Ledra Hotel Athens. TransportationAthens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (22.1 mi/35.6 km)Hourly hotel shuttle to top areas and attractions (fees apply) AttractionsAcropolis and Parthenon (1.5 mi/2.5 km)National Garden of Athens (1.5 mi/2.5 km)Syntagma Square (1.6 mi/2.6 km)Athens National Art Gallery (2.2 mi/3.5 km)National Archaeological Museum (2.7 mi/4.3 km)Piraeus Port (6.2 mi/10 km)Glyfada (7.7 mi/12.4 km)HELEXPO Conference Center (9.5 mi/15.3 km)Mediterranean Exhibition Center (11.9 mi/19.1 km) Business High-speed wireless Internet access available throughout the hotel (fees apply)Full-service business centerConference center accommodates up to 800 people
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Fresh Hotel Athens

4 stars
4.5 / 5 16 reviews
Hip and bright Athens hotel with minimalist rooms and a rooftop loungeThe Fresh Hotel Athens attracts a stylish young clientele with free high-speed wireless Internet access and a hipster rooftop scene. In an up-and-coming neighborhood, this modern hotel is within walking distance to metro stops and major Athens attractions. Guests make use the fitness center, steam room and sauna, and many hit the lobby restaurant for breakfast. Head to the ninth floor Air Lounge to sun by the rooftop pool, dine on aromatic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine or order cocktails while ambient music plays in the background. HighlightsFitness center, sauna and steam roomBreakfast restaurant in the lobby and rooftop open-air restaurant for lunch and dinnerSeasonal rooftop swimming pool with barFree high-speed wireless Internet access in guest rooms RoomsThe 133 cozy rooms and suites at the Fresh Hotel Athens offer a refreshing experience amid minimalist décor. Expect mod pops of saturated colors, designer furniture and custom lighting schemes. All accommodations include mini-bars, in-room safes, LCD TVs with satellite channels, slippers and complementary bath toiletries. Free high-speed wireless Internet access at the Fresh Hotel Athens makes it easy to connect with friends or tweak travel plans. FeaturesThe helpful reception desk staff at the Fresh Hotel Athens is happy to steer guests to the correct metro stop to reach the airport and how to make the most of the bustling café culture in Athens. The staff also provides recommendations for nearby restaurants, bars and the club scene. From the sleek, chic and centrally-located Fresh Hotel Athens, guests walk to the Plaka area, Omonia Square, Syntagma Square, museums, Monastiraki market or the meat and fish market, with the fruit and vegetable stalls just across the street. TransportationAthens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (25 mi/40.2 km) AttractionsAcropolis and Parthenon (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Syntagma Square (0.7 mi/1.2 km)National Garden of Athens (1.1 mi/1.7 km)Athens National Art Gallery (1.5 mi/2.4 km)Piraeus Port (6.7 mi/10.8 km)HELEXPO Conference Center (6.8 mi/10.9 km)Mediterranean Exhibition Center (10 mi/16.2 km)Glyfada (11.1 mi/17.8 km) BusinessFree high-speed wireless Internet access in guest roomsBusiness centerThree conference rooms
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Novotel Athenes

4 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews
Family-friendly rates, modern style at Athens hotel from top to bottomThe Novotel Athenes hotel is a well-designed hotel with clean lines that appeals to modernists and the stylish urban set. Families and business travelers find this 4-star hotel close to Omonia Square, the National Archaeological Museum and the metro trains. A fitness center adds value for active guests. In warm months, take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool, grab a bite at the open-air restaurant and sip a cocktail in the pool bar. Guests of the Novotel Athenes hotel stay connected with in-room high-speed wireless Internet access (fees apply). HighlightsKids eat free at the breakfast buffet with their parentsFitness center and seasonal outdoor pool and pool barFree on-site underground parkingRooftop restaurant open in summer plus year-round restaurant and barNear attractions and public transit RoomsThe 196 rooms at the Novotel Athenes hotel are clean, bright, modern and are known for ergonomic comfort and smart design. Choose the spaciousness and amenities needed from several categories of rooms and suites. Catering to both families and professionals, all rooms feature sofa beds and work areas with high-speed wireless Internet access (fees apply). Other amenities at the Novotel Athenes hotel include satellite TVs with pay-per-view movies, toiletries, a hairdryer, safe and coffee maker. Order room service from non-smoking accommodations (available upon request). Pet-friendly rooms also are available (fees apply). FeaturesGuests enjoy free on-site underground parking at the Novotel Athenes hotel. Business travelers request dry cleaning services (fees apply) and easily access mass transit stops to get around Athens and to other parts of Greece. The NOV'AGORA restaurant and bar presents healthy, Mediterranean-style cuisine with a creative touch. The kids menu pleases parents who also enjoy the open show kitchen and contemporary environment. Breakfast is a daily buffet. On the Novotel Athenes hotel roof and under the stars, CLAIR DE LUNE pairs an international menu with stunning Acropolis views, but only during the summer season. TransportationAthens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (22.8 mi/36.7 km) AttractionsNational Archaeological Museum (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Syntagma Square (1.2 mi/2 km)Acropolis and Parthenon (1.3 mi/2.1 km)National Garden of Athens (1.6 mi/2.6 km)Athens National Art Gallery (1.9 mi/3.1 km)HELEXPO Conference Center (6 .7mi/10.8 km)Piraeus Port (7.1 mi/11.5 km)Mediterranean Exhibition Center (10 mi/16.1 km)Glyfada (11.5 mi/18.5 km) BusinessHigh-speed wireless Internet access in guest rooms (fees apply)Separate Internet lobby lounge (fees apply)Meeting rooms accommodate up to 50 people
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Philippos Hotel Athens

3 stars
4.4 / 5 13 reviews
Boutique hotel with in-house coffee shop at Acropolis in Athens, GreeceTourists to the oldest city in Europe will find the Philippos hotel in an ideal sightseeing location on a quiet street just steps to the Parthenon. The angular white and slate façade boasts a contemporary look. Wake up each morning knowing an in-house coffee shop provides an easy start to the day. Tour both the historic old and exciting new sights of Athens on foot from the front door of the four-story Philippos hotel. Business amenities include high-speed wireless Internet access, secretarial and fax services (fees apply). Highlights Business center24-hour servicesOn-site coffee shop Lunch and dinner discount at sister hotel restaurant RoomsStandard rooms and family living room suites at the Philippos hotel are streamlined in design with oversized wood headboards, khaki colored walls and linens changed daily. Hi-tech amenities include digital in-room safes, satellite TVs and electronic card-operated door locks. Bathrooms offer hairdryers, magnifying mirrors and complimentary bath products. Stay cool with air conditioning or get fresh air on a furnished private balcony with a view of the Acropolis (available in some rooms). Enjoy the convenience of a fully-stocked mini-bar in each room of the Philippos hotel. Features Artistic photos of Greek Islands adorn walls in the narrow lobby of the Philippos hotel, a pleasant place to read the morning newspaper or check e-mail on a personal laptop using the hotel's high-speed wireless network (fees apply). A sunlit patio with a glass ceiling and sofa lounge space is part of the casual in-house coffee shop where espresso drinks, breakfast and beverages are served throughout the day. The 24-hour services at the Philippos hotel include front desk check-in, concierge, in-house laundry and dry cleaning. The multilingual English-speaking staff helps book tours and cruises, and provides walking and jogging maps of the area. Recommendations for nearby parking lots are provided. Babysitting services are available upon requested. Transportation Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (22.4 mi/36.1 km)Akropoli Metro Stop (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Attractions Acropolis and Parthenon (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Kolonaki (1.2 mi/1.9 km)National Garden (3.1 mi/5 km)Pireas Port (6.5 mi/10.5 km) Glyfada (8 mi/12.9 km) Business Business centerHigh-speed wireless Internet access (fees apply) Secretarial servicesFax services (fees apply) Three audio/visual-equipped meeting rooms Light catering available
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Acropolis Ami Boutique Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 15 reviews
Acropolis Ami Boutique Hotel is ideally located in a peaceful setting and only 15' walking distance from the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. Combining classic and stylish decor. Our hotel is near all major Athens' attractions such as Plaka, Monastiraki, Panathinaikon Stadium and the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. The closest metro station (3' walk), Syggrou Fix, makes all of Athens' attractions even more accessible and it's the most fast way for you to find us from the airport. The roof garden offers you an unforgettable panoramic view of Athens and the Acropolis itself. What else can you ask from your vacation in Athens if not a breakfast, a glass of vine or just a hug with your beloved under the view of the Acropolis! All the rooms at the Acropolis Ami Boutique Hotel are air-conditioned, come with free Wi-Fi access and a flat screen TV with a substantial number of national and international channels. Some of the rooms offer spacious balconies and view of the Acropolis. Accommodations in our hotel include a free rich breakfast buffet,in the summer is served on the roof garden overlooking the Acropolis and the city of Athens. The 24h reception is here to offer you a warm welcome, ideas and advices regarding Athens and excursions to nearby islands that will make your stay in this historic city even more fulfilling!
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Parnon Hotel Athens

3 stars
3.6 / 5 14 reviews
Centrally located Athens hotel with popular amenities The three-star Parnon Hotel Athens offers a pleasant, comfortable stay, with 48 rooms and three junior suites. The nine-story hotel, fully renovated in 2007, provides guests with free Wi-Fi access, a continental breakfast, business center, and laundry and room service, among other amenities. Guests also enjoy easy access to public transport stations and major sites throughout the city. Highlights Central location near Omonoia SquareFree Wi-Fi accessContinental breakfastComplimentary baby cots Rooms All rooms come equipped with one queen bed or two or three twin beds. Amenities include free Wi-Fi access, television, desk, direct-dial telephone, bathroom with shower, and individual heating/air conditioning. Most rooms also offer a private balcony. Complimentary baby cots are available. Features Parnon Hotel Athens, located in the heart of the city near a Metro station, offers comfortable contemporary décor, a 24-hour front desk, bar, business center, laptop computer rental, room and laundry service, safety deposit box, and elevator. The helpful staff arrange for sightseeing tours, restaurant reservations, and theater tickets. Transportation Athens International Airport (22.6 mi/36.4 km)Athens Larissa train station (1.2 mi/1.9 km) Nearby attractions The Acropolis (6 mi/9.6 km)National Archaeological Museum (0.2 mi/0.4 km)Ancient Agora Museum (2.9 mi/4.6 km) Business Business center Laptop computer rentals available
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Titania Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 7 reviews
Luxuriously decorated hotel with fine dining and top hospitalityLocated amidst popular tourist attractions and the commercial center, the Hotel Titania is grand both in its appearance and in the services it offers. Guests are welcomed in by a lobby adorned with 'Pentelikon' marble and beautiful inlaid mosaics. They can choose from two renowned restaurants: 'La Brasserie', serving Greek and Mediterranean dishes, or the 'Olive Garden', located on the roof. Whether traveling on business or for pleasure, the hotel provides a range of other high-class amenities including the EUROPA conference center and a bar. 3 Reasons to Stay:Decorated with 'Pentelikon' marble and mosaics Roof garden gourmet restaurant Located within the commercial and entertainment areas Hotel Titania RoomsAll accommodations at the Hotel Titania are both attractive in design and superior in functionality. A recent renovation of the hotel ensures that visitors can have access to up-to-date facilities and tasteful décor. The Hotel Titania is composed of 385 rooms and guests can choose from standard, superior and executive accommodation. With top quality facilities and cozy rooms in which to relax and unwind, rooms at this Athens hotel are suitable for sightseers, couples seeking a romantic getaway or those simply wanting a little comfort while traveling on a business trip. In terms of entertainment and communication systems, the rooms contain satellite TVs, a choice of digital movies and music, fax modems and high-speed Internet connections. For personal security, a safe deposit box available has its own personal security password. For added comfort, guests have their own self-controlled cool-heating systems. The bathrooms are spacious and come with luxury brand amenities, while the executive suites have an additional Jacuzzi. All of the rooms come with insulation to help block out any outside noise and disturbance. A message service is available from reception, and guests at the Hotel Titania can opt for a wake-up call as well as 24-hour room service. A non-smoking room can be booked, as can rooms containing facilities for the disabled. Things to Do:The National Library (Adjacent) Omonoia Square (0.34mi/0.55km) The Parliament (0.6mi/1km) The Archaeological Museum (1mi/1.6km) Acropolis (1.6mi/2.5km)
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Aristoteles Hotel Athens

2 stars
3.4 / 5 21 reviews
Simple comforts make for a good stay at this property The Aristoteles Hotel Athens, located near the main railroad station in a renovated, modern building, offers free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast. The 2-star, air-conditioned property features an on-site bar/restaurant, tour desk, room service, and laundry service. Highlights Central locationFree Wi-FiComplimentary breakfast Rooms Rooms are classed as single (one double bed), double (one double or two twin beds), or triple (three twin beds) categories. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and heating, cable/satellite television, data port, mini-bar, telephone, and private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. Non-smoking and handicapped rooms are available. Features The 2-star Aristoteles Hotel Athens, located in the city center near the train station, features an on-site restaurant and bar, tour desk, laundry service, room service, and air conditioning. Wi-Fi and breakfast are complimentary. Transportation Athens International Airport (24.7 mi/39.8 km)Athens Larissa train station (0.6 mi/1 km) Nearby attractionsThe Acropolis (5.1 mi/8.2 km)National Archaeological Museum (0.5 mi/0.9 km)Ancient Agora Museum (1.7 mi/2.7 km)
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Athens Hotels

Nightly rates from £24.60

Rio Hotel Athens

3 stars
3.7 / 5 19 reviews
Hotel RIO Athens is located in the center of Athens, on the quiet pedestrian street of the Karaiskaki square, next the subway station METAXOURGHIO and quite near the international railway station. It is 1 Km away from the Syntagma sq,from plaka and Akropolis area,25 minutes drive from the Athens international airport and 15 minutes from the port of PIREAUS by subway.RIO is a beautiful neoclassical building entirely restored, blending every modern convenience with the classical aesthetic. The hotel rooms are welcoming and fitted out with air-conditioning, personal bath or shower, satellite TV, mini bar, hairdryer, direct dial phone with the aim of your complete comfort. There is also at the ground floor CAFE -BAR and restaurant.The hotel is open 12 months a year.
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Nightly rates from £38.43

Chic Hotel Athens

4 stars
4.1 / 5 21 reviews
Updated vintage building in central Athens Chic Hotel Athens, a 4-star hotel (opened November 2009) located in the heart of Athens, in a classical 19th-century building, combines the atmosphere of the classical period with the technology of the 21st century. The four-story building has been completely renovated and turned into a modern hotel on a prime spot on Piraeus Street and the famous Omonia square.  Highlights Stylish hotel in historic buildingFree Wi-Fi accessMeeting/banquet facilities Rooms The 35 rooms fall into 3 categories: double rooms with queen beds, high-tech rooms with digital entertainment, and junior suites. The rooms, including non-smoking and smoking, feature the ample natural light, modern design and devices, and wood furniture. All rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen satellite television, telephone, individual air conditioning and heating, desk, hairdryer, and orthopedic mattresses and cotton sheets offering an unforgettable sleep. Features Chic Hotel Athens, in a desirable central location on Piraeus Street and Omonia square, brings sleek contemporary style to a neo-Classical 19th-century building. The hotel staff arranges and organizes every wish of guests, from baby cot and laptop or car rental to sightseeing tours, museum tickets, and airport transfers.  Transportation Athens International Airport (25 mi/40.2 km)Athens Larissa train station (0.7 mi/1.1 km) Nearby attractions The Acropolis (4.7 mi/7.5 km)National Archaeological Museum (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Ancient Agora Museum (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
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Nightly rates from £78.14

Athens Ledra Hotel

5 stars
4.1 / 5 8 reviews
Pleasure meets business with cocktails and rooftop pool at Athens hotelThe Ledra Hotel Athens is located in the Kallithea area. Spacious rooms feature comfortable beds while bars and restaurants provide on-site convenience. Access high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel (fees apply). Pop into the fitness center 24/7 or swim and sunbathe at the seasonal rooftop pool. Set on a main thoroughfare, Ledra Hotel Athens offers views of the Acropolis and the bustling city. Catch the shuttle to cafes and shops along the winding streets of Plaka (fees apply). HighlightsHotel shuttle to Syntagma Square, Plaka district and central Athens (fees apply)Business centerSeasonal rooftop swimming pool and bar24-hour fitness centerTwo restaurants, one with Greek cuisine and one with Asian-fusion RoomsFind large, American-style guest rooms at Ledra Hotel Athens. Roomy bathrooms and comfortable beds with luxurious bedding, custom duvets and tailored bed skirts combine with traditional decor in 308 rooms and six suites. The only hotel in Athens to offer spacious double-double accommodations also adds safes, individual climate controls, satellite TV and mini-bars. Generously-sized work areas with high-speed wired and wireless Internet access at Ledra Hotel Athens are popular among business travelers (fees apply). An extra person fee of EUR 20 will apply for the 3rd & 4th person over the age of 12. FeaturesLedra Hotel Athens is short drive or taxi ride from Piraeus Port, with self and valet parking on site (fees apply). Request laundry services (fees apply), use the ATM in the lobby and find a full range of services in the business center at Ledra Hotel Athens. DiningIn addition to the summertime pool bar, the Crystal Lounge at Ledra Hotel Athens makes an atmospheric place to meet friends or colleagues. The Zephyros Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine from breakfast through dinner in a casual atmosphere. At Kona Kai Restaurant, an Asian-fusion menu mingles Polynesian flavors and teppanyaki dishes with fresh sushi. Adjacent Kona Kai Bar and Bali Lounge continue the theme with spirited cocktails at Ledra Hotel Athens. TransportationAthens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (22.1 mi/35.6 km)Hourly hotel shuttle to top areas and attractions (fees apply) AttractionsAcropolis and Parthenon (1.5 mi/2.5 km)National Garden of Athens (1.5 mi/2.5 km)Syntagma Square (1.6 mi/2.6 km)Athens National Art Gallery (2.2 mi/3.5 km)National Archaeological Museum (2.7 mi/4.3 km)Piraeus Port (6.2 mi/10 km)Glyfada (7.7 mi/12.4 km)HELEXPO Conference Center (9.5 mi/15.3 km)Mediterranean Exhibition Center (11.9 mi/19.1 km) Business High-speed wireless Internet access available throughout the hotel (fees apply)Full-service business centerConference center accommodates up to 800 people
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Fresh Hotel Athens

4 stars
4.5 / 5 16 reviews
Hip and bright Athens hotel with minimalist rooms and a rooftop loungeThe Fresh Hotel Athens attracts a stylish young clientele with free high-speed wireless Internet access and a hipster rooftop scene. In an up-and-coming neighborhood, this modern hotel is within walking distance to metro stops and major Athens attractions. Guests make use the fitness center, steam room and sauna, and many hit the lobby restaurant for breakfast. Head to the ninth floor Air Lounge to sun by the rooftop pool, dine on aromatic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine or order cocktails while ambient music plays in the background. HighlightsFitness center, sauna and steam roomBreakfast restaurant in the lobby and rooftop open-air restaurant for lunch and dinnerSeasonal rooftop swimming pool with barFree high-speed wireless Internet access in guest rooms RoomsThe 133 cozy rooms and suites at the Fresh Hotel Athens offer a refreshing experience amid minimalist décor. Expect mod pops of saturated colors, designer furniture and custom lighting schemes. All accommodations include mini-bars, in-room safes, LCD TVs with satellite channels, slippers and complementary bath toiletries. Free high-speed wireless Internet access at the Fresh Hotel Athens makes it easy to connect with friends or tweak travel plans. FeaturesThe helpful reception desk staff at the Fresh Hotel Athens is happy to steer guests to the correct metro stop to reach the airport and how to make the most of the bustling café culture in Athens. The staff also provides recommendations for nearby restaurants, bars and the club scene. From the sleek, chic and centrally-located Fresh Hotel Athens, guests walk to the Plaka area, Omonia Square, Syntagma Square, museums, Monastiraki market or the meat and fish market, with the fruit and vegetable stalls just across the street. TransportationAthens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (25 mi/40.2 km) AttractionsAcropolis and Parthenon (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Syntagma Square (0.7 mi/1.2 km)National Garden of Athens (1.1 mi/1.7 km)Athens National Art Gallery (1.5 mi/2.4 km)Piraeus Port (6.7 mi/10.8 km)HELEXPO Conference Center (6.8 mi/10.9 km)Mediterranean Exhibition Center (10 mi/16.2 km)Glyfada (11.1 mi/17.8 km) BusinessFree high-speed wireless Internet access in guest roomsBusiness centerThree conference rooms
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Nightly rates from £50.75

Novotel Athenes

4 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews
Family-friendly rates, modern style at Athens hotel from top to bottomThe Novotel Athenes hotel is a well-designed hotel with clean lines that appeals to modernists and the stylish urban set. Families and business travelers find this 4-star hotel close to Omonia Square, the National Archaeological Museum and the metro trains. A fitness center adds value for active guests. In warm months, take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool, grab a bite at the open-air restaurant and sip a cocktail in the pool bar. Guests of the Novotel Athenes hotel stay connected with in-room high-speed wireless Internet access (fees apply). HighlightsKids eat free at the breakfast buffet with their parentsFitness center and seasonal outdoor pool and pool barFree on-site underground parkingRooftop restaurant open in summer plus year-round restaurant and barNear attractions and public transit RoomsThe 196 rooms at the Novotel Athenes hotel are clean, bright, modern and are known for ergonomic comfort and smart design. Choose the spaciousness and amenities needed from several categories of rooms and suites. Catering to both families and professionals, all rooms feature sofa beds and work areas with high-speed wireless Internet access (fees apply). Other amenities at the Novotel Athenes hotel include satellite TVs with pay-per-view movies, toiletries, a hairdryer, safe and coffee maker. Order room service from non-smoking accommodations (available upon request). Pet-friendly rooms also are available (fees apply). FeaturesGuests enjoy free on-site underground parking at the Novotel Athenes hotel. Business travelers request dry cleaning services (fees apply) and easily access mass transit stops to get around Athens and to other parts of Greece. The NOV'AGORA restaurant and bar presents healthy, Mediterranean-style cuisine with a creative touch. The kids menu pleases parents who also enjoy the open show kitchen and contemporary environment. Breakfast is a daily buffet. On the Novotel Athenes hotel roof and under the stars, CLAIR DE LUNE pairs an international menu with stunning Acropolis views, but only during the summer season. TransportationAthens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (22.8 mi/36.7 km) AttractionsNational Archaeological Museum (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Syntagma Square (1.2 mi/2 km)Acropolis and Parthenon (1.3 mi/2.1 km)National Garden of Athens (1.6 mi/2.6 km)Athens National Art Gallery (1.9 mi/3.1 km)HELEXPO Conference Center (6 .7mi/10.8 km)Piraeus Port (7.1 mi/11.5 km)Mediterranean Exhibition Center (10 mi/16.1 km)Glyfada (11.5 mi/18.5 km) BusinessHigh-speed wireless Internet access in guest rooms (fees apply)Separate Internet lobby lounge (fees apply)Meeting rooms accommodate up to 50 people
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Flights to Athens

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Athens Wed, 30 Apr - Wed, 7 May £111
Thira Athens Wed, 11 Jun - Thu, 12 Jun £120
Rome Athens Fri, 6 Jun - Tue, 10 Jun £90
Larnaca Athens Thu, 5 Jun - Tue, 10 Jun £97
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Best time to take a holiday to Athens

  • The weather in Athens is hot and dry during the summer, with averages reaching more than 30°C during June, July, and August. December through March is the rainy season, and almost half of the days during this period receive rain. The Mediterranean climate makes late spring and fall the most pleasant times to visit, but a more important element to consider when planning your trip to Athens is political unrest. Pay attention to the news before leaving on your holiday so you will know about any demonstrations happening in the city before you arrive.

Athens highlights

  • Tour the Saronic Islands

    Hop on a ferry and visit the legendary Greek islands of the Saronic Gulf. Savour the native pistachios of Aegina, the island that was once a city-state and Athens’ great rival.

    Continue on to Poros, the pine forest-covered island of the god of the sea Poseidon, full of great cafes and restaurants.

    Cars are prohibited on Hydra, as only donkeys cart goods around this rocky island known as an artist hub.

    Many islands are a short trip Athens and can be seen in a day. Look for all-inclusive island cruises for a guided tour.

    Discover the Plaka

    Just under the Acropolis lies the Plaka, the oldest neighbourhood in Athens with a village feel thanks to its street vendors selling flowers and crafts, and musicians turning sidewalks into recital halls.

    Sit in an outdoor cafe and watch the eclectic crowd of internationals and Athenians alike pass by. Packed with jewellery and souvenir shops, the Plaka is also home to the Frissiras Museum of Contemporary Greek and European Painting.

    Shop and Taste at Agora Central Market

    Once centre of political and social life for Ancient Greece, the Central Market of Athens is now a busy food market teeming with sights, smells, and tasting opportunities.

    Where Socrates and St. Paul once drew crowds with their speeches, modern shops now burst with different meats, fresh fish and seafood, dried and juicy fruit, spices, olive oils, and cheeses. A handful of inexpensive restaurants serve up favourite local dishes.

    Party like the Gods

    Athens is a town known to have one of the most active nightlives in Europe. With hoards of bars, venues, and clubs to choose from, there is always something going on that will please every musical taste and partying style.

    For live Greek Laika music, check out the club Perivoli T Ouranou or any tavern, most of which will feature live music. Enjoy classical music or ballet at the Herod Atticus Theatre and jazz at the Half-Note Jazz Club or Parafono.

    Summer months mean outdoor concerts, films, and massive discos by the beach.

Top Athens attractions

  • Acropolis

    Situated atop a 150m-tall rock, Acropolis is a breathtaking elevated fortress of marble temples and theatres that has withstood numerous wars, invasions, and reconstructions.

    The remains include the Theatre of Dionysus (500 BCE), which is dedicated to the god of wine and fertility, the Erechtheum temple (400 BCE), and the Parthenon temple (438 BCE), which is dedicated to Athena, the goddess of protection for Athenians.

    The structure’s intricate carvings and unique form of deterioration reveal historic periods of distinct religious and political domination from Persian invasion to the Peloponnesian War to Roman conquest.

    Temple of Olympian Zeus

    Though a mere shadow of its intended glory, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and its 15 remaining columns are worth a visit. When construction began in 520 BCE, the temple was to be the largest dedication to the king of the Olympian Gods in all of Greece.

    However, after numerous starts and stops due to a lack of finances (or, as in the period of democracy in Athens, a sense that the temple was a flashy display of government’s abuse of power), it was not completed until 131 ACE.

    As Athens suffered various attacks and changed from one empire to the next, so did the temple, losing and gaining columns, statues, and a host of names and purposes.

    National Archaeological Museum

    Filled with relics from all over Greece dating from prehistoric times to Late Antiquity, the National Archaeological Museum is worth a visit. Its more than 20,000 exhibits include ceramics from civilizations of the Neolithic era, ancient Greek sculptures from 700-500 BCE, and Mycenaean art that includes the gold funeral mask of King Agamemnon.

    National Gardens

    In the middle of town lies this peaceful green getaway, a 15.5-hectare public park complete with duck ponds, a botanical museum with plants and flowers from around the world, a zoo, cafe, playground, and of course some ancient ruins.

    Designed by the first queen of Greece, Amalia, the National Gardens is a place to escape the grind of the city and stroll, sit, write, people-watch, and be inspired.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

  • The Parthenon

    Construction of the goddess Athena's ancient temple began in 447 BC, and it is one of the most famous buildings of ancient Greece.

    Temple of Olympian Zeus

    The largest ancient temple in Greece took over 700 years to build, but only 15 of the original 104 columns still stand.

    Theatre of Dionysos

    This theatre hosted plays written by famous ancient Greek playwrights like Sophocles and Euripides during the Golden Age.

    Panathenaic Stadium

    The stadium that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 was built on the site where the ancient games first began.

    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    See a formal changing of the guard every hour, or watch a full ceremony on Sundays at 11 a.m.

    Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

    This museum dedicated to the art of making jewellery has a permanent collection of more than 4,000 jewels.

    Foundation for the Hellenic World

    Go beyond the ruins to visit the city of Athens during its heyday with an interactive virtual reality tour.

    National Archaeological Museum

    One of the greatest museums in the world, this landmark is home to the world's largest collection of ancient Greek artefacts.

    Athens Planetarium

    The most advanced digital planetarium in the world lets you go on a 3-D virtual reality tour of the galaxy.

    Limni Vouliagmenis

    You can swim year-round at this lake beach, where the water is known for its healing properties.

Athens holiday travel tips

  • Public Transportation

    Visitors can choose between a metro, bus, and tram system. The Attiko Metro serves downtown Athens and can also take you to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.

    The Athens Tram SA serves the south-western suburbs and the Saronic coastline, and yellow trolleys and blue buses also run throughout the city. Always purchase tickets before boarding.

    Taxis are bright yellow and a good option for downtown travel. Fares start at €1 with a minimum charge being €2.50.

    To and From the Airport

    A series of buses pick up at the arrivals curb and will take you to various destinations in Athens like the Metro station, Syntagma Square, or the Piraeus port.

    If you are only riding Express bus lines you can buy a 24 hour ticket for €3, valid for all public transportation. Taxis will cost around €17-20.

    Car Hire

    Find a great deal on car hire in Athens and plan a trip to neighbouring Adelphi or the beaches of the Vouliagmeni Peninsula. Get yourself a map and plan routes ahead of time.

    As Athenian drivers are quite aggressive, drive defensively.

    Park in your hotel or a garage, as downtown parking is difficult.

    Gas stations do not accept credit cards and cell phone use while driving or driving under the influence of alcohol are illegal and may result in fines.

    Money

    There are many ATMs around Syntagma Square, and the National Bank of Greece has a 24-hour automatic exchange machine.

    The international dialling code for Athens is 00 30 (210).

Insider tips for Athens travel

  • Kerameikos

    Take the Metro Blue Line to this ancient cemetery to escape the city noise and lose yourself among the ancient statues.

    Colibri

    Visit this small restaurant for a tasty and tempting burger.

    The Art Foundation

    Enjoy art exhibits and live performances at this building, which has a courtyard that dates back to 1870.

    Kolokotroni

    Take a short detour from Ermou Street along Aiolou to find the hidden bakeries and pastry shops along Kolokotroni.

    Bartesera

    Enjoy drinking a kir royal or glass of wine in the outdoor garden of this hidden bar.

Where to stay in Athens

  • Athenian Callirhoe Hotel is a 4-star boutique that offers comfort and style with its avant-garde feel and excellent amenities. Located within walking distance of the Acropolis and the major shopping districts, the hotel also has two restaurants, one on the rooftop garden with spectacular views. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, high-speed Internet, a flat screen TV, and soundproofed windows.

    With its unique minimalist design, Fresh Hotel is a relaxing urban resort right in the heart of the city. Just a short walk to Omonia square, Fresh Hotel also has its own Magenta Restaurant that serves an America-style breakfast and excellent Mediterranean cuisine at night. The Air Lounge Bar on the roof is a great place to sip cocktails and enjoy the view.

    Situated in a classical 19th century building near the famous Omonia Square, Chic Hotel offers 21st century accommodations complete with free wireless Internet connection, LCD televisions, and soundproofed windows. Chic’s spacious rooms also feature orthopaedic queen-sized mattresses.

    Steps from the beach in the coastal region of Glyfada lies the London Hotel. Many rooms offer views of the Argo Saronic Gulf and the island of Aegina, and all have wireless Internet connection and air conditioning. Glyfada itself is full of great shops, restaurants, and entertainment, and a nearby tram stop will take you into the centre of Athens.

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Athens restaurants

  • For modern twist on traditional Greek food, the restaurant 48 (Armatolon ke Klefton 48) is a must. It maintains the feeling of the art gallery it once was, with tall ceilings, dramatic lighting, and a designer courtyard and pool. 48’s menu changes depending on what local markets are selling, but regular plates include gazpacho with basil sorbet and grilled lamb sheftalia.

    Since 1865, Damigos tavern (Kidathineon 41) has been a destination for authentic Greek food in Athens. Located in Plaka, this inexpensive tavern has an old world feel full of wine barrels and even an ancient Greek column. Great dishes include the fried cod, eggplant, and grilled sardines. Accompany your meal with wine from the owners’ family vineyard and don’t leave without a piece of baklava for dessert.

    A mix of Greek, French, and Asian cuisines, Spondi restaurant (Pyrronos 5) has been acclaimed for its innovative gourmet dishes and excellent service. Down to earth yet refined, the restaurant decor mimics the rocky Greek islands and also has a garden terrace. Try the sea urchin or roasted scallops for starters and the duck with aniseed or veal sweetbread as a main course. A sommelier help you pick from an array of local and foreign wines.

    Locals and tourists alike flock to Paradosiako (Voulis 44A) to get their fill of delicious Greek home--cooking at an incredible price. What this tavern lacks in ambience it makes up for in flavour, with house favourites such as the fried anchovies, grilled calamari, Greek salad, and baked potato served with a tasty meatball.

Health & Safety

  • Health and Vaccinations

    Athens has good medical facilities and well-stocked pharmacies. Ask your Social Security centre for the European Health Insurance Card that covers emergency care.

    Compulsory vaccinations include yellow fever for travellers coming from central Africa or northern South America. Recommended vaccinations include tetanus, polio, diphtheria, and pertussis. The drinking water throughout Greece and its islands is potable.

    Safety

    While Athens is one of the safer cities in Europe, do not walk alone at night, wear expensive jewellery that may attract attention, or carry large amounts of cash.

    Districts to avoid are Monastiraki, Omonia, and the areas around the Larissa and Peleponnisos stations.

    Beware of increasingly common scams that involve overpriced tour packages or overly friendly locals in bars who are ultimately after your wallet.

    Always carry a copy of your passport or another form of identification on your person and store the original in the hotel safe.

    Useful Numbers Include:

    Ambulance/First-Aid Advice: 166 or 112
    Doctors, Hospitals, and Pharmacies: 1434
    SOS Doctors: 10 16
    Fire department: 199
    Police: 100
    Clinics: Errikos Dunant General Hospital, 107 Messoghion Av: (210) 697 20 00; Red Cross Hospital: (210) 642 40 00.

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