Picture yourself sipping a local brew in a sidewalk café surrounded by soaring white marble buildings. If you love art, architecture, history, nightlife, food or any combination of those—and you must!—our hotels in Athens, Greece, are the places to be. Athens is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Even older than its rival Italian city: Rome! And with 7,000 years of stories, you’ll never want to leave.
Things to Do in Athens
There is one attraction in Athens that rises, quite literally, above all others. Accommodation near the Acropolis will have you living like a god or goddess. Even the name is imposing, and you’ll soon find out why: The biggest draw on this famous hill is the massive Parthenon, temple to Athena. The goddess of war and wisdom has another temple here as well, the Temple of Athena Nike, the first-ever example of the fancy Ionic column style. You may even be lucky enough to catch a concert or play at the Herod Atticus Odeon theatre, which is still used today.
Once you come down from the heavens, the Arch of Hadrian, Temple of Olympian Zeus and historic Zappeion Hall are all within walking distance of each other. If all these ancient buildings have “ruin-ed” your appetite for relics, don’t give up and head back to your Athens accommodation—check out the National Gardens for a break from the tourist crowds. There’s an exotic feel thanks to more than 500 imported plant species, plus a duck pond and turtles.
Getting To & Around Athens
Flights to Athens will land at the international airport (ATH), 30 km east of the city. Metro Line 3 runs every 30 minutes to Syntagma Station downtown, with stops along the way. Trains run from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., so if you’re getting in outside of those hours, the 24-hour Express Bus is your only public transportation option. For door-to-door service to your accommodation in Athens, taxis are convenient and charge a flat rate to go into the city centre depending on the time of day. Once you’re all checked in, the Metro can get you to most attractions, like the Acropolis, but if you’re having a late night of ouzo shots in Kerameikos, taxis are your new best friend.
Best Time to Travel
Like many popular tourist destinations in Europe, the best time to travel to Athens is the beautiful season of renewal: spring! Temperatures rise from the low 20s to 30s between April and June, and rainfall is typically low. Go a bit earlier, in March, to find great deals on Athens hotels—just pack a jacket for those ocean breezes. Winters are also good for the bargain crowd; although it’s rainy, it doesn’t get particularly cold (around 10 degrees). No matter when you travel, you’re bound to enjoy yourself.
The only thing more impressive than the city’s centuries of history and architecture are the great deals you’ll find on Athens holidays when you book with Wotif. You won’t even have to sacrifice any oxen to Zeus!