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Awash with crumbly ruins, elaborate Orthodox churches, and artefact-filled museums, Athens is an undeniable cultural epicenter. Iconic as Europe’s oldest city, Athens took a while to develop its cosmopolitan side, but these days you can tour old world sights in the morning, grab a frappe and fresh-as-you-like Greek salad in a cutesy café for lunch, and spend the afternoon perusing the city’s thriving galleries and chic boutiques. At night you’ll party through the early hours in thrumming tavernas, pumping bars, and hedonistic clubs.

Things to see

A trip to Athens isn’t complete without touring the city’s crowning glory, the Acropolis. Topped by the Parthenon and a maze of temples and marble monuments built to worship the Goddess Athena, it’s arguably the most stunning historic site in Europe, inhabited since Neolithic times from 4000BC. At dusk the glistening white marble becomes shrouded in sunset honey tones, and at night the relics are lit up, shining out over the buzzing city streets below. In a flurry of preservation and restoration, replicas stand in place of many of the original sculptures. Don’t miss out glimpsing the originals in the nearby Acropolis Museum, a majestic modernist mansion, brimming with treasures. Further riches can be uncovered at the National Art Gallery, home to collections covering 4 decades, including El Greco masterpieces. For something completely different, head to Athens Olympic Stadium for a tour of one of the city’s more modern landmarks.

Hotels in Athens

No matter how many Euros you have in your wallet, Athens’ has accommodation for every budget from top-end hotels to basic 1 and 2-star inns. If you’re feeling flush, check in to one of the glorious 4 or 5-star luxury hotels in Athens. Spoil yourself to a gleaming suite brimming with grand furniture, opulent fabrics, and sparkling high-end bathrooms. Athens’ traditional hotels excel in the art of hospitality, and you can spend hours relaxing in a leather club chair being served cocktails from a swanky lounge bar. Modern design-led hotels cater for those who prefer less pomp, while plenty of mid-range 3-star hotels offer comfortable rooms with mod cons like WiFi.

Where to stay

To immerse yourself in Athens 19th century neoclassical streets, stay in historic Plaka. Clustered around the foothills of the Acropolis, you’re just a short stroll from the city’s ancient ruins, while being surrounded by tempting bistros, souvenir-laden stalls, and pastel-painted houses. It’s one of the city’s most popular and vibrant areas. Syntagma Square’s the central heart of Athens. This tree-shrouded plaza thrives with activity, from tourists watching the changing of the guard outside the stone parliamentary buildings to locals chatting over a coffee at a pavement café. For shopaholics, nearby Monastiraki’s awash with street vendors, boutiques, and stalls.

How to get to Athens

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport’s located 38.5 kilometers from the city center by road. It’s a 35-minute drive from the airport to central Athens and you can hop in a cab outside. If you prefer to save some money, you can take the inexpensive metro to Syntagma in the city. It’s approximately a 40-minute journey. There’s also an array of buses that ferry between the airport and the city center. The airport serves heaps of destinations throughout Europe and has connections to the US and Canada. You can walk around central Athens or take the metro to save your feet.

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