Spring, Summer, Autumn
June – August
LCY → ATH
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 25 £GBP (40 min)
Bus: 3 £GBP (40 min)
Train: 5 £GBP (35 min)
Subway: 5 £GBP (27 min)
Travel insurance is recommended
It was once the centre of the civilised world, and in Athens you can feel the mystical history of a city where a legacy of thousands of years merges almost seamlessly with the present. Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, Greece’s capital city is brimming with lively neighbourhoods, aromatic tavernas, and plenty of ancient culture alongside the contemporary, there is nothing like Athens holidays.
Set aside plenty of time to explore the city’s historic core, the Acopolis and Syntagma Square are must sees on your first visit. However, while Athens may be one of the oldest cities in the world, not everything is ancient – the attractions of modern-day Athens are just as fascinating. Book an excursion to catch a glimpse of the stunning Greek Islands. Or hire a car to explore other attractions outside the city such as Delphi, once the centre of the ancient world or head down the Athens coast to take in the picturesque coastal town of Vouliagmeni.
The predominant climactic feature of Athens is it alters between lengthy hot and dry summers and typically mild winters with some rainfall.
July and August are the hottest and driest months, where thunderstorms occur sparsely once or twice a month. Daily average highs in July reach 33.7 degrees Celsius (92.7 Fahrenheit), but the mercury can often climb to 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) during Athens notorious heatwaves. In contrast, winter is cool and rainy, the average temperature in January is between 8.9 and 10.3 degrees Celsius (48 – 50.5 Fahrenheit).
As you are sure to discover on Athens holidays, the city is actually quite a large and therefore there are plenty of accommodation options. The picturesque heart of the capital centres on the incredible Acropolis in Plaka. With its rooftop patios and terrace gardens, views overlooking the night-lit Parthenon, and convenient access to Athen’s metro system and shops, this is the place to base yourself in Athens if you are here for a short time or simply want beautiful views. However if gourmet dining, swanky boutiques and hip nightspots are what you look for then there’s no better place than Kolonaki, one of the most attractive suburbs in Athens.
People looking for a quick stop in Athens before going on to explore the Aegean try the nearby port of Piraeus which is within walking distance of the harbor but is also handy to the metro which you can ride to the city centre on holidays in Athens. It is also close to bus terminals for day trips to other sites.
Being one of the oldest cities in the world you naturally expect to be immersed in history and surrounded by awe-inspiring ruins, but there are many other things in Athens to see and do that remind you are still in the 21st century.
Spend your time switching between wonders from the past and present on your holidays to Athens. The city’s most famous site, the UNESCO-listed Acropolis’ cluster of ancient ruins is just as fascinating viewed up close as it is when admired from a distance – especially over dinner or drinks in anything from Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional tavernas with a soundtrack of Greek music and a menu of authentic Greek cuisine such as moussaka.
In Athens the shopping opportunities are plentiful, from the everyday stores, and chain stores on Athens main shopping street Ermou, to the more up-market shopping and designer boutiques found in Kolonaki.
Athens holidays are wasted without visiting the Acropolis. The hill rises from the centre of the city and ancient ruins cover the site the highlight of which is the magnificent Parthenon. The Acropolis Museum, which exhibits ancient Greek statues completes the Acropolis experience. More ancient artifacts can be viewed at the National Archaeological Museum. You can also visit the impressive columns that remain from the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Other famous landmarks include the ancient marketplace of the city, the Agora, which offers a wealth of historical and architectural interest and museums. There are countless things to do in Athens, a city of sights, smells and sounds unlike anywhere else in the world.
The area surrounding Athens offers a great range of recreational activities. The playground for water sports is Attica.
Athen’s has a fantastic nightlife scene. This is a city where many Athenians regularly party well into the early hours especially in the Psyrri area which is home to a number of sophisticated bars and intimate night clubs. For an unforgettable night on your holidays in Athens take in a concert at the impressive Herodes Atticus amphitheatre which sits in the shadow of the Parthenon.