Athens is the land of gods and goddesses, the birthplace of philosophy and the city that literally invented hedonism – what’s not to love?! Book flights to Athens and feel the ancient atmosphere for yourself. Stroll down the city’s lovely promenade in the morning and explore Athens’ beautiful ancient ruins during the day. Wait to see the acropolis at sunset, and during the balmy evenings, head out to the bars for a little taste of that famous Greek hedonism! If you want to really experience the history and majesty of Greece, book flights to Athens with Ryanair.
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Discover the right places in the Anafiotika district, at the feet of the Acropolis, and you will find it still has a village feel in the midst of the city. In Exarchia, there is still a somewhat in-your-face anarchic atmosphere around the Technical University.
National Archaeological Museum

The museum houses Ancient Greece’s most spectacular pieces. One room contains Schliemann’s finds from Mycenae. The famous frescoes from Santorini are on display. There is also a fine collection of idols from the Cyclades and ceramics.

​Address: 28is Oktovriou 44, Athens​Phone: +30 21 0821 7717​Website: www.namuseum.gr
The Acropolis and its surroundings

The Parthenon, the temple of Athena, is the major attraction. There is also the Erechteion, whose columns are statues of the female Caryatids, though the original statues have been replaced by copies due to air pollution. On the southern slopes of the Acropolis lies the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a Roman theatre with room for as many as 5.000 spectators. It is used during the annual Athens Festival for world-class ballet and music performances. The Dionysus Theatre lies beside Herodes Atticus, and almost all the tragedies and comedies of Ancient Greece were written for this theatre.

​Address: Acropolis, Athens
Agora

Agora used to be both a marketplace and a political centre. The Agora is dominated by the Stoa of Attalus and the Theseion, or Hephaisteion, dedicated to the God of metalworking and also to Theseus, one of the heroes of Greek mythology.

​Address: Monastiraki, Athens
Benaki

Benaki is a history museum with many objects from the Stone Age up to the War of Independence against the Turks. In the annex there are often very interesting exhibitions.

​Address: Koumbari 1, Athens​Phone: +30 21 0367 1000​Website: www.benaki.gr
Mount Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus (in Greek: Lykavittos, Λυκαβηττός) lies right in the centre of Athens, rising 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level. Getting yourself up to this altitude gives you an exquisite view over the Aegean sea and the ships in Piraeus. When the sky is clear, you can see all the way to the mountains in Peloponessos. Apart from the view, there is also a café/restaurant, a 19th century Chapel and an amphi theatre up there.

​Address: Mount Lycabettus, Athens​More info: To get there, you can hike up the path that starts at Aristippou Street in Kolonaki. The somewhat easier option is taking the funicular Railway that leaves from Ploutarchou Street, also in Kolonaki.
The Acropolis Museum

Well worth visiting and at the foot of the Acropolis lies the new Acropolis Museum. Brief presentations by Museum Archaeologists-Hosts are held in Greek and English every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The museum restaurant offers panoramic views of the Acropolis and a 700 square meter public terrace commanding a breathtaking view of the historic hills of Athens.

​Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens​Phone: +30 21 0900 0900​Website: www.theacropolismuseum.gr
Temple of Hephaestus

Temple of Hephaestus is a well-preserved ancient Greek temple built for worshiping the God Hephaestus. This could be one of the most complete temples, not only in Greece, but in Europe.

​Address: Ágora, Athens​Phone: +30 21 0372 2001
Erechtheion

Erechtheion is said to have been a great king during the Archaic Period, and legend says that he is buried nearby. The temple is built on a slope so there is a 3 meter difference between the north / west side and the south / east side.

​Address: Akropolis, Athens​Phone: +30 21 0321 4172
Museum of Cycladic Art

At the Museum of Cycladic Art more than 3.000 artefacts of Cycladic, Ancient Greek and Cypriot art are on display throughout the four floors. This is an interesting museum to visit in order to get a greater understanding of this colourful culture.

​Address: 4, Neophytou Douka str., Athens​Phone: +30 210 722 8321-3​Website: www.cycladic.gr
Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre located on the south side of Acropolis. It was built by Herodes Atticus in loving memory of his wife Aspasia Annia Regilla.

​Address: Odos Dionissiou Areopayitou, Athens
Panathenaic Stadium

Panathenaic Stadium was built for the 1896 Olympic Games. It is the world´s oldest stadium which is still in use, and it is all in white marble. Simply stunning!

​Address: Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue, Athens
Megaron Concert Hall

The Megaron is Athens concert hall which opened in 1991. It has four halls and the optimal acoustic for Operas, but they also frequently offer different musical performances.

​Address: Vass. Sophias & Kokkali, Athens​Phone: +30 210 7282 000​Website: www.megaron.gr
Temple of Athena Nike

Temple of Athena Nike is located on the south west corner of the Acropolis. It is one of the earliest pieces from the Ionic order, one of Greece three classical architectures.

​Address: Acropolis, Athens
Filopappos Hill

If you feel like getting out of the city and enjoying the nature and the history of Athens then this is the perfect place to go to. A good idea is to bring some food and enjoy a lovely picnic.

​Address: Acropolis, Athens
Cine Paris

The view, the small tables and the old movies under the open air. The experience and the atmosphere are reason enough to come here and enjoy the open air cinema.

​Address: Kidathinaion 22, Plaka, Athens​Phone: +30 210 322 2071​Website: www.cineparis.gr
In the Psyrri district, the former handicraft workshops have been converted to trendy restaurants and cafés, and this has continued out to Gazi and Rouf. Many chefs came ‘home’ from Australia or America, carrying granny’s recipes in their luggage, and were appalled at the Turkish menus. You can still find simple taverns serving good home fare, but it is the ”new” Greek cuisine that has been winning all the laurels.
To Kioupi

To Kioupi is a traditional taverna serving sandwiches between all the trendy cafés, down some steps, and you point to the food you want on the counter. Reasonable prices, and a complete contrast to life in the Kolonaki Square above.

​Address: Plateia Kolonakiou 4, Kolonaki, Athens​Phone: +30 210 361 4033​Website: www.tokioupi.gr
Psaras

Psaras is a centrally located seafood taverna, dating from 1898. Paintings by the painter Savakis can be seen on the bare stone walls. The open-air restaurant winds its way up and down the narrow alleyway.

​Address: Erechtheos 16, Plaka, Athens​Phone: +30 210 321 8733​Website: www.psaras-taverna.gr
To Kati Allo

To Kati Allo is a simple family owned tavern in the area next to the new Akropolis museum. A real tavern, with friendly staff which is open until late when Plakas waiters will come and make you company.

​Address: Hatzichristou 12, Makroyanni, Athens​Phone: +30 21 0922 3071
Spondi

Spondi is the best restaurant in Athens – and in Greece, according to many visitors. A French chef has put together the menu, and created a renowned wine cellar. Simplicity is the motto at this restaurant, which for years has been winning all the prizes there are to be won.

​Address: Pyrronos 5, Pangrati, Athens​Phone: +30 210 756 4021​Website: www.spondi.gr
Taverna Tou Psyrri

Taverna Tou Psyrri is a typical local haunt, with old photographs on the walls. The place is usually full to the brim with people munching their way through hearty portions of traditional Greek food, or tasty little dishes of meze, washed down with wine from the barrel.

​Address: 12 Eschylou, Psyrri, Athens​Phone: +30 210 321 4923
To Zeidoron

To Zeidoron is a mezedopoleio, serving delicious food on one of the most popular street corners in Psyrri. The restaurant is also very popular because of its nice atmosphere.

​Address: Agion Anagyron 17/Taki 10, Psyrri, Athens​Phone: +30 21 0321 5368
Taverna Xinos

Taverna Xinos is a musical taverna that ought to have a preservation order on it! A rickety shed in a backyard, with fantastic wall paintings. It is as crazy as the musicians who perform there, but utterly genuine—just like the home cooking they serve.

​Address: Agelou Geronda 4 Plaka, Athens​Phone: +30 210 322 1065
Funky Gourmet

Funky Gourmet is a cool place, offering their guests modern and creative cuisine from a selected menu. The service is top class and the food is prepared and presented to perfection.

​Address: 13 Paramithias Street and Salaminos, Keramikos, Athens​Phone: +30 210 524 2727​Website: www.funkygourmet.com
Avocado

Finding a vegetarian restaurant in this meat loving country might not be the easiest, but Avocado is a great option for vegetarian food. The food here is healthy, fresh and tasty and well worth a visit even if you eat meat.

​Address: Nikis 30, Syntagma, Athens​Phone: +30 210 323 7878​Website: www.avocadoathens.com
Gostijo

Gostijo is Athens first kosher restaurant. Their specialties are Sephardic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Kosher cuisine served in a lovely atmosphere.

​Address: 10 Aisopou, Psirri, Athens​Phone: +30 210 323 3825​Website: www.gostijo.gr
Oroscopo

Oroscopo is centrally located just opposite of the Divani Caravel Hotel on the square. You can come here and enjoy their Greek, Italian and Mediterranean menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food tastes great and all at a great price.

​Address: 42-44 Antinoros street, Athens​Phone: +30 210 723 8567​Website: www.oroscopo.gr
Fresko Yogurt Bar

Greece and yogurt is a combination made in heaven. Try the divine yogurt with honey, nuts, fruit or make your own amazing fusion.

​Address: 3 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Athens​Phone: +30 210 923 3760​Website: www.freskoyogurtbar.gr
Vezene

If you have trouble deciding where to eat then Vezene gives you the option to choose between a great steak or delicious seafood. The setting and the food quality is excellent, it is hard to stop eating at this lovely restaurant.

​Address: Vrasida 11 Street, Athens​Phone: +30 210 723 2002​Website: www.vezene.gr
Piazza Duomo

Even in Athens you can be in the mood for Italian. Here you can enjoy pasta, moussaka and pizza. The staff is friendly and welcoming and in combination with the food, Piazza Duomo is a great place for a romantic dinner.

​Address: Mitropoleos 52, Syntagma, Athens​Phone: +30 210 323 1290
360 Degrees

How does an amazing view over Acropolis, a cooling Sangria and tasty food sound? Book a table or just drop by at 360 Degrees for a relaxing evening.

​Address: Ifaistou 2, Monastiraki, Athens​Phone: +30 210 321 0006
Athenians love to sit in a kafeneion, sipping Greek coffee or frappé, iced coffee. But these days the new fashion for caffe latte and cappuccino is gaining ground. Try also an ouzerie- an establishment specializing in small dishes (mezes), mostly served with Greek ouzo, hence the name. They are not that common any more, usually they come in combinations such as mezedopolio-ouzerie (more like a restaurant), Café/ouzeries or kafeneion-ouzerie (serving coffee and ouzo). The sign of an authentic ouzerie will say ουζερί.
Plaka

Around the central square in Plaka, there are lots of similar cafés where you can have a frappé, read a newspaper and watch the world go by.

​Address: Kydathineon, Athens
Caffé Peros

Caffé Peros is Kolonaki Square’s central point, where sooner or later everyone you know will pass by. A place for ladies and gentlemen partaking of coffee under a canopy.

​Address: 7 Kolonaki Square, Athens​Phone: +30 210 364 5068​Opening hours: Open all year
Joker´s Coffee & Cocktail Bar (The)

This popular café offers coffee, cocktails and homemade pies. Joker has a lovely décor where the walls are decorated with Rolling Stones posters and there is also a jukebox!

​Address: 7 Voulis Street, Athens​Phone: +30 21 0321 9225Subway: Train: Syntagma metro
Glykis

Glykis is an ouzerie in a cosy side street ideal for cooling off on a hot summer day. You can have an ouzo lunch and sample a variety of small dishes (mezze), also nice for drinking coffee. Glykis is often visited by locals and students.

​Address: Angelou Geronta 2, Athens​Phone: +30 210 322 3925Subway: Metro station: Monastiraki
Museum Internet Cafe

An internet café is a great way to keep in touch with people at home during your vacation. Make them jealous with your gorgeous pictures! Museum Internet Cafe was the first internet café ever opened in Greece. They offer good service and internet connection. In addition, they offer a variety of coffee, ice cream, beer and refreshments.

​Address: Patision Avenue 44, Athens​Phone: +30 210 883 3418​More info: Next to the Archaeological Museum.
Athens is not really a city of fine bars – for that you should visit some of the international hotels. On the other hand, there are lots of combined bars/cafés that serve both. Often combined with some food, as it is the Greek custom to eat a little snack to go with drinks. In the summer, much of the night life moves out to Glyfada and Vouliagmenis along the coast.
Grand Bretagne

This bar in the classic old hotel has a genuine turn-of-the-century, well-to-do feel, and has had a facelift, making it one of the top meeting places in Athens.

​Address: Constitution Square, Athens​Phone: +30 210 333 0000​Website: www.grandebretagne.gr
Psyrri, Gazi, Rouf

The area beyond Monastiraki has livened up with many restaurants, bars and clubs going on well into the night. Look out for Astron, Taki 3, or Bee.

​Address: Miaouli & Themidos, Athens
Exarchia

The area around the Technical University has got rock clubs such as An, Solomon 13 and Rodon, Marni 24. Here you can find good prices in the bar.

​Address: Exarchia, Athens
Palenque

Even in Athens you can get in the mood for Latin music. If you do this is the place to be, they even offer dance lessons.

​Address: Farantaton 48, Athens​Phone: +30 210 775 2360​Website: www.palenque.gr
Gazarte

Gazarte welcomes you to a cosy environment with soft lightning, comfortable couches and nice finger food. Try their cocktails, a fusion of fresh fruit and interesting spices.

​Address: Voutadon 34, Athens​Phone: +30 21 0346 0347​Website: www.gazarte.gr
The best shopping streets are Voukourestiou, Patriarhou Ioakim, Skoufa, Tsakalof, Kanari and the side streets around Kolonaki. There are many designer clothes, expensive boutiques and jewellers. Try, for example, Emporiko Centro, an exclusive galleria of several floors with gold, ties, clocks and watches, glasses and a Gucci boutique. In this area is also Old Athens—a shoe and handbag shop with a 1960s flavour, when ladies wore gloves and pearl necklaces à la Jackie O and Maria Callas. The shop owner was a fashion editor before setting up on his own, putting Greek handmade accessories on the map. In the middle of Athinas street which runs between Monastiraki and Omonia square is the covered market hall which occupies a whole block, with a fish market in the middle. All around are butchers and spice shops, and around the market are several simple but good places to eat. Like onion soup in the Paris markets, here you eat patsa or tripe soup to ease the effects of ouzo. You will also find little shops selling specialties like Pastourma (a kind of Pastrami) and Armenian and Russian specialties brought here by the Greeks who once resided in the Black Sea region and now belong to the Greek cuisine. This is the area to go if you are a foodie.
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Eleftheriios Vernizelos Airport

Eleftheriios Vernizelos is at Spata, 33 kilometres (20 miles) southeast of Athens. A taxi ride to the centre will cost a flat rate between 5 am and midnight. The fixed fares include the basic fare, VAT, extra luggage charges and road tolls. The Metro goes to the centre. The journey to Syntagma takes 27 minutes. There are airport buses to Syntagma (X95) and Pireaus port (X96). Travel time to Syntagma takes around 1 hour, to Pireaus port around 1,5 hours. There is no direct metro connection to Piraeus from the airport.

​Phone: +30 210 353 0000​Website: www.aia.gr
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