Athens at a glance
Notably one of the world’s oldest cities, Athens is a metropolis of imposing, majestic architecture, astounding museums and a vibrant city heart that beats true to both past and present. Juxtaposed amongst iconic, ancient sites, visitors will find a modern, chaotic shift in the city, striving to engage with a contemporary world.
Known as the cradle of Western civilization, Athens' political and cultural influences have been profound, while its heritage is widely recognised in iconic sites such as the Parthenon and Acropolis. With a history dating over 3,000 years, it’s easy to see why Athens is constantly working to renew its urban core.
A treasure, both ancient and modern, Athens is an unforgettable short break destination.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Iconic sites
- Historical attractions
- A bustling city break
Much of Athens’ city centre has been pedestrianised, allowing many of the popular sites to be more accessible by foot. Public transport in the city centre includes buses, an underground metro and trams.
Dining in Athens
Eating out in Athens is a popular past time. Taverna tradition dictates a smorgasbord of no-frills eateries where it is ordinary for dinner to be served as late as 9 or 10pm. Highend restaurants can also be found in the city, along with a mix of international cuisines.
Must-try local dishes:
- Koulouri – a circular shaped sweet bread topped with sesame seeds, often eaten for breakfast.
- Moussaka – a lamb and aubergine based dish served with a béchamel sauce.
- Tiropita – a flaky cheese pie made with buttered phyllo pastry.
Shopping in Athens
The longest shopping street in Athens is Ermou Street which connects Syntagma Square and Monastiraki. This buzzing shopping avenue is good for midrange brands, department stores and souvenirs. The Monastiraki Flea Market is a colourful market selling all sorts, and on Sundays when it gets busier, the market brings out more fashionable items and local crafts.
Osprey Holidays top tips
We suggest a visit to the UNESCO Acropolis when the sun is lower before noon or after 5pm to enjoy the site without the blazing heat. There is also a shorter line into the Acropolis through the back entrance, this cuts down at least an hour from queuing through the main front entrance.
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Athens designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Athens hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 11,306,183 Languages Greek Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
- Average temperatures
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- Interesting facts
Go to the Monastriraki flea market on a Sunday morning for an eclectic shopping experience.
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Athens International 33 km
- Railway stations