This Ultimate Guide to Athens reveals the best of the city. From where to stay near the Acropolis, to sightseeing in Athens, this Athens guide helps you plan the perfect city break.
Ultimate Guide to Athens
I've been living in and writing about Athens for 4 years now. During this time, I've created a lot of travel guides for Athens! To make finding it all easier, I created this Ultimate Guide to Athens. Hopefully this can help you plan the perfect trip to Athens. The guide includes:
- Best Time to Visit Athens
- Where to Stay in Athens
- How to get from Athens Airport to the center
- Things to see in Athens
- The Best Places to Eat in Athens
- Athens Walking Tours
- The Best Museums in Athens
- Day Trips from Athens
Best Time To Visit Athens
Athens is a city you can visit at any time of year. Certainly, some months are better than others though when it comes to weather and the amount of other tourists visiting!
In my opinion, the very best month to visit Athens is September. The temperatures are just starting to dip down from their summer highs, and Athenians have returned from their vacations full of life and energy. There's lots happening in September – from art exhibitions to gigs and events.
The second best month to visit Athens (again in my opinion!) is August. Now, I know this goes against the grain a little, as Greece is traditionally crazy busy in August, but hear me out!
In August, Athenians head for the islands for their summer vacations. This means that the city is super-quiet and peaceful. Rumour has it, you can even find parking spaces in Athens in August!
When to visit Athens
You might find these blog posts on when to visit Athens useful:
Where To Stay In Athens
Athens has literally thousands of hotels to choose from, which can make it slightly confusing when choosing where to stay. For visitors only spending a few days in Athens, I would suggest a central location is the best choice. By staying at a hotel near the Acropolis, you will be near all the main attractions of the historic centre, and be able to maximise your time in the city.
Athens also has a selection of budget hotels to choose from, which are outside of the historic centre. To be honest, these are located in the less salubrious parts of town. You are definitely sacrificing comfort to save a few bucks, but if this is your thing, look for Athens hotels near Omonia and Victoria metro stations.
I'm also asked from time to time about hotels near Athens airport. There's really only one choice here, which is the Sofitel.
Places to stay in Athens
You might find these in-depth Athens guide articles about where to stay in Athens useful.
How to get to Athens city center
Most visitors to Athens arrive at two main points of entry. These are Athens airport and Piraeus port. There are numerous transport options available to get from the airport to Athens city centre and from Piraeus Port to the centre. I've written two detailed guides which includes taxi, train and bus options:
Things to see in Athens
So now you've got into Athens and have somewhere to stay, it's time to work out what you want to see! Athens has an endless amount of things to do, so there's no way you can possibly see it all. Even with a month, you couldn't see all the museums – there's over 80 of them!
Coming to a balance of choosing what to do in Athens with the time you have to hand is key. Fortunately, I've got some great Athens guides to help!
My ‘What to see in 2 days in Athens' guide has proven to be very useful for visitors, and can easily be expanded upon by adding extra things in. I've also got guides to the museums in Athens, walking tours, and inside tips. Here's some guides on what to do in Athens to get you started.
- 2 Days in Athens
- Ancient Athens
- The Ancient Agora of Athens
- The Panathenaic Stadium in Athens
- Walking tours in Athens
- Museums in Athens
- Athens inside tips
Day Trips From Athens
Finally, if you are planning on spending longer in the city, you'll want to consider some day trip from Athens. There are numerous archaeological sites and UNESCO World Heritage sites you can visit on a day tour from Athens, including Delphi, Mycenae, and even Meteora.
Most of these you can do on a tour if you wish, or you could hire a car in Athens and drive yourself. I think a road trip is a great way to explore this fascinating country! Here's some more information on day trips you can make from Athens.
- A guide to day trips from Athens
- Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon
- A day trip to Delphi
- Greek island trips to Hydra, Poros and Aegina
- Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio
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