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The capital of Greece and one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens is a fascinating destination where ancient landmarks jostle together with bustling neighbourhoods and huge cosmopolitan nightclubs. A city break in Athens promises plenty of history, culture, nightlife and unforgettable sights that you'll treasure forever. Explore the the city’s rich past at the Acropolis, browse the boutiques in Plaka, then round off your day at the spectacular Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre.
Athens enjoys a subtropical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.
Athens International Airport, “Eleftherios Venizelos” (ATH), is located 20 miles southeast of central Athens.
From exploring the ancient ruins and local neighbourhoods to immersing yourself in the city’s buzzing nightlife, there are many things to do in Athens to keep you busy your entire stay. Make a trip to the famous Acropolis your top priority, followed by a traditional meze dinner under the stars.
No trip to Athens is complete without exploring the city’s ancient landmarks. Undoubtedly the most famous of historical attractions in Athens is the Acropolis. Visible from everywhere in the city, this large hill contains a cluster of fascinating ancient ruins. Arrive late afternoon to watch the monuments glow as the sun sets.
Watching a show at one of the city’s spectacular outdoor theatres tops the list of most memorable things to do in Athens. Check local flyers for any concerts at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. With its stunning location on the slope of the Acropolis, this second-century theatre promises an unforgettable experience.
Nestled within its pebbled streets and ancient ruins, Athens hides a thriving nightlife scene. Psiri and Gazi are the best places to go in Athens for evening entertainment. These lively neighbourhoods have a range of nightspots, from traditional rembetika bars to huge open-air superclubs playing progressive techno.
History buffs: Explore Athens’ fascinating history through its many museums and ancient landmarks.
Theatre lovers: Experience a show like none other in one of Athens’ spectacular theatres.
Sun-seekers: With summer temperatures reaching up to the mid-30s (°C), Athens is a great place to perfect your tan.
Language: The language spoken in Athens is Greek.
Currency: The currency used in Athens is Euro (€).
Local time: Athens is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Athens International Airport, “Eleftherios Venizelos” (ATH), is located 20 miles southeast of central Athens.
Flight time from UK: Approx 4 hours.
Tourist information: Further Athens tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/athens.
Visa and health: Before your holiday to Athens, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Temperature: 10-29 °C
Thanks to its warm, Mediterranean climate, you can enjoy a holiday in Athens at any time of the year. Tour the historical sites in the spring or autumn, when temperatures are cool enough for exploring, or book your holiday during the summer to enjoy glorious highs of 33 (°C). Winter guests can take advantage of quieter streets and pleasant temperatures in the mid-teens.
By bus: Local buses are an easy way to day-trip around Athens.
By tram: Trams offer a scenic journey to Faliro and Glyfada. The service runs 5am to 1am Monday to Thursday, then 24 hours for the rest of the week.
By metro: Metro is the best way to get a taste of local life in Athens.
By taxi: Flag down a yellow taxi for any journey around the city. Make sure the meter is running, and don’t be surprised if you end up sharing the car with other passengers going the same way.
Carnival: Be prepared for marching bands, masked revellers and the occasional bop on the head from a plastic hammer during the three-week carnival in February.
Show time: A highlight of the year is the Athens Festival in June, with fabulous productions of ancient drama, opera, ballet and modern dance held at the grand Odeum of Herodes Atticus.
Flashing lights: Join thousands of holidaymakers at the Acropolis in October, for a month of spectacular sound and light shows every night.
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