Athens is the ultimate mix of ancient history and lively, cultural chic.
Holidays in Athens are perfect for those in search of historical and cultural breaks. Athens holidays provide a fantastic combination of beautiful beaches, vibrant evening entertainment including tavernas, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The Greek capital of Athens is home to some of the most important heritage of the ancient Greek civilisation. It was named after Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and was the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
The Acropolis (with Parthenon as its main attraction) situated in the centre of Athens, is one of the many historical sites that brings visitors to the city. However, Athens is also a modern and vibrant city, and it offers a variety of night life entertainment to its visitors.
As a result of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the city has inherited an extensive and modern infrastructure. Examples are a new airport, ring roads, underground and overground tram and train networks and generally the city had an extensive clean up and face lift.
Athens is a city that seems to never sleep, giving a new meaning to the word nightlife. Start with a late dinner and hit the clubs, the city will undoubtedly keep you entertained. Live music is on offer at the clubs in Syngrou and Poseidonos Avenues and are a great place to let your hair down. The area of Gazi is known for its many art cafes and trendy bars, and in the southern suburbs you can find a little but of everything, including of course a drink by the sea.
The renowned Greek gastronomy is based on simple ingredients like olive oil and fresh fish, with delicious flavours and pretty healthy too. Eating out in Athens is a wonderful blend of traditional Greek cuisine in relaxing surroundings. If you fancy a change from there is a huge range of international restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets.
Athens holidays are ideal for those seeking a variety of attractions such as nightlife, fantastic beaches and places of historical interest, there is something to entice everyone.
Best beaches in Athens
The best beaches in Athens are situated on the south-east coast, in Glyfada. Many of the beaches are private so you would have to pay to swim there. However, there are secluded rocky creeks which are less crowded than the main beaches.
The sandy beach at Varkiza is the furthest away from the town centre, so is one of the least crowded of the south-east coast. The beach also offers many activities such as volleyball, tennis etc.
Vouliagmeni Beach offers everything needed to enjoy a day out at the coast, with tennis and volleyball courts, water slide and children's play area.
Make the most of your trip Things to see & do
Our favourites in Athens
Taxi: Getting around Athens is faster if you take a taxi which can be flagged down on most street corners.
Train: Information and tickets can be obtained from the main headquarters near Omonia.
Proastiakos (Suburban Rail): This new high speed rail system provides access to Irakleio and Neratziotissa which is next to the Athens Olympic Sports Complex.
Athens Metro: Athens has 27 metro stations with 2 lines operating weekend services until 2am.
Blue Buses OASA: The blue bus network consists of more than 320 lines connecting the city centre with all the Athens suburbs and Piraeus. The buses run daily from 5am to 12:15am.
Thermal Buses (ETHEL): The ETHEL buses are the core lines connecting Athens and Piraeus city centre with the surrounding areas.
The best time to go to Athens
Athens has a pleasant and sunny climate. Between March and May the weather is pleasant and mild, rising between June and August, and resulting in a very hot August. September can sometimes be as hot as the summer months but with occasional light rain. The most rain falls between November and February, when Athens can be cold, windy and dull. The winter can offer sunny days though and any rain is often followed by sunshine.
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