Athens

58°
55° - January
56° - February
60° - March
68° - April
77° - May
85° - June
90° - July
90° - August
84° - September
73° - October
65° - November
58° - December
Dec avg
$132
Avg Hotel
$600
Est. Airfare

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Description

It's hard to dispute the charm and culture in what is easily one of the most historic cities in the entire world. Athens, birthplace of democracy, civilization and the Olympics, has a synchronous network for public transportation for easy access to all surrounding areas. Additionally, ports in Athens provide direct access to all Greek islands. Athens is rich in archeological sites, museums of all kinds, and the performing arts. The shopping in Athens includes both traditional Greek folkloric items and international designers. Greeks are famous for their party-lifestyles. The nightlife in Athens has something for everyone and generally goes on all night long, every day of the week. Delectable food abounds in Athens, especially if you have a penchant for seafood. The bottom line is that there's so much to do and see in Athens that you'll never do it all. It is, after all, the stuff that myths and folklore are made of.
Photo Credit: Greek National Tourism Organisation
Photo Credit: Dimitri Castrique
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Photo Credit: Lucretious
Photo Credit: Greek National Tourism Organisation
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Photo Credit: Takis Kolokotronis
Photo Credit: Greek National Tourism Organisation
Photo Credit: Takis Kolokotronis
Photo Credit: Gîlin Doorneweerd-Swijnenburg
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Love or Hate

11/01/13
After visiting Athens, people typically have a "love" or "hate" reaction to their experience. I personally had an amazing experience in Athens... and on a budget! Be sure to time your visit in advance as many of the archeological sites and museums have odd operating hours. For a complete guide on what to do and what to see in Athens, check out my Three Day guide! http://theblondeabroad.com/2012/07/21/athens-greece-days/
Kiersten

The Craddle of Democracy

09/21/13
There's a reason Athens is the capital of one the most influential cultures in all human history: it's simply a magical place. With a history that dates back longer than one can even imagine while yet remaining relevant today, Athena (as she is known by it's denizens) delivers on her unbreakable promises to provide visitors a lifetime of memories.
Hector

The paradise on the ocean.

09/21/13
Paradisiacal islands, boating, peace, tranquility, magnificent resorts ..

I recommend is very worthwhile.
Among the incredible destinations is Mykonos ..
With its limpid waters, and charm.
Bianca

Athens: Greek for a week where the past meets the present

09/21/13
When it comes to history, civilization, culture, architecture, mythology, democracy and philosophy, there is no more ideal city for which to visit than Athens Greece. Of course, you've never had a true Greek salad until you've had one smothered in feta served at an outdoor cafe in the Plaka section of Athens, but the real draw are the ancient ruins that transport you to a different era. No structure is more iconic to Athens Greece than the Parthenon which has been perched high above the city for centuries. The Parthenon is the remains of a temple to the Greek goddess Athena, the patron goddess of the ancient City of Athens. However there's much more to see than just the Parthenon. The Theatre of Dionysus was a major open air theater in ancient Greece, built at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis. Dedicated to Dionysus, the god of plays, the theatre could seat as many as 17,000 people. It was the first stone theater ever built, cut into the southern cliff face of the Acropolis, and it was also the birthplace of Greek tragedy. Being a big theater buff, this was a big draw for me. In the 2nd century AD Herodes Atticus had his great theater built as a tribute to his wife, and to this day, Athenians are enjoying concerts and ballets here. This steep-sloped amphitheater still hosts music, dance, and theatrical events today. If you plan ahead you might be able to catch a performance and enjoy the evening just as the ancient Greeks did. One of my favorite sites though, was the remnants of the once great and famed temple of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. They fittingly sit overlooking the blue waters at Cape Sounion outside Athens. One of the oldest cities in the world, the recorded history of Athens dates back over 3,000 years! Exploring the ruins of ancient Greece is a very impressive sight, and walking around the towering pillars of yesteryear gives you a feeling of awe and a true sense of the greatness of the ancient Greeks. Today the city is a thriving metropolis where the past meets the present as it is a modern city mingled among the remnants of its rich enduring past.

A trip to Greece would not be complete without a visit to the fabled Greek Isles. For me, the highlight of my trek was witnessing a vibrant sunset in the tiny cliff-top village of Oia, on Santori. Oia is renowned for its small village charm and amazing sunsets, arguably the best in all the Aegean sea.
Cody

History

09/15/13
History and culture... that's all we can say about Athens. The Acropolis worth the whole trip.
Aline
You must, while in Athens, get the sausage-style souvlaki found in the plaka...there's nothing else like it! If you're able, take some time to explore outside of the city as well; Delphi, Meteora, the peninsula and islands are all well worth your time and money. If I could, I'd go to Greece every year to explore a new area!
Karen
Culture, history, ruins, ruins, and more ruins. The city is ancient as cities go. Pretty interesting ruins too. We enjoyed walking throughout Athens exploring the many ruins. I would still venture there with the Euro crisis, in fact I bet there are many bargains to be found and it would be less crowded with tourists.
Alan

The Acropolis Museum

Take a step back and discover some of the cultural and artistic foundations of western civilization, complete with panaramic views of the acropolis.
Cost: From 5 Euros
Contact: http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/?la=2
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Mount Lycabettus

Embrace a commanding view of the city from the top of Mount Lycabettus or enjoy a performance at the Lycabettus amphitheather.
Cost: Varies
Contact: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Lycabettus
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Agora

Hang out where the cool kids, like Plato and Aeschylus, were 2300 years ago. The Agora was the center of ancient Athens where you can see relics and ruins from the prime of Hellenic Civilization.
Cost: 2-12 Euros
Contact: http://www.agathe.gr/
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Language

Greek

Currency

[EUR] Euro

Airports

Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport [ATH]