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Welcome to Athens

Athens is a historic wonderland that welcomes millions of visitors each year. The Acropolis, with its hilltop ruins and the Parthenon, is indisputably Athens’ top draw. The city's also the gateway to the island of Hydra and ancient Delphi. But don't be deceived by the Greek capital's antique status as the cradle of Western Civilization—it also boasts some of Europe’s best cuisine and nightlife.

Top attractions in Athens for Spring

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Acropolis

Acropolis

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An archaeological wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world's most instantly recognizable landmarks, the Acropolis is the star attraction of ancient Athens. Dramatically perched on a jagged clifftop—the so-called sacred rock of Athens—the ruins overlook the modern city and date back to as early as 510 BC.More
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Delphi

Delphi

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Delphi, with its remarkably preserved ruins dotted along the southern slopes of Mount Parnassus, is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological site. Dating back to the seventh century BC, the ancient city of Delphi is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to sites such as the Sacred Way, Stoa of the Athenians, polygonal wall, monument of Platea, and Temple of Apollo.More
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Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

Acropolis Museum (Museo Akropoleos)

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An Athenian landmark and feat of contemporary architecture, the Acropolis Museum sits at the base of the Acropolis, with the ruins of an ancient settlement visible through its floor. The collection runs from pre-classical times to the Roman era, but fifth-century BC treasures are the focus, especially the Parthenon Frieze sculptures.More
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Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós)

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Athenian rulers began construction of the Temple of Olympian Zeus (Naós tou Olympíou Diós) in the sixth century BC. By the time Roman Emperor Hadrian completed it 600 years later, it was the largest temple in Greece, and its statue of Zeus—king of the gods of Mt. Olympus—was one of the largest in the world. The temple began to fall into ruin shortly after it was finished; today only 15 of its original 104 columns still stand and much of its marble has been recycled or stolen for other temples. Nonetheless, what remains is a truly impressive sight to see.More
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Meteora

Meteora

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The towering vertical cliffs of Meteora have provided a protected place to pursue spiritual contemplation for centuries. The first hermit monks lived up in caves, but eventually 24 Byzantine monasteries were built (six function today) atop the imposing rock. Part natural wonder, part manmade marvel, the dramatic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular attraction in Greece.More
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Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

Olympic Stadium (OAKA)

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Originally built in the 1980s for the European Athletics Championships, the Olympic Stadium (officially the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens “Spiros Louis” or OAKA) was remodeled by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for the 2004 Olympics. The largest stadium in Greece, with 70,000 seats, the Olympic Stadium hosts events and concerts by major international acts such as U2 and Lady Gaga.More
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Plaka

Plaka

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Built around the ruins of the ancient agora, Plaka is among the oldest residential areas in Athens and was considered the Turkish quarter during Ottoman rule. Much of it burned down during a fire in 1884, exposing many ancient sites below the neighborhood, and archaeological research has been carried out in the area ever since.More
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Parthenon

Parthenon

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The star of Athens postcards and arguably the most impressive of all the city’s ancient ruins, the Parthenon stands proud atop the sacred rock of Acropolis, high above the modern city.Built between 447 and 432 BC, the temple was dedicated to Greek goddess Athena and originally housed her cult image, a giant ivory and gold-plated statue by Fidias. The restored temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a striking reminder of the glory of Ancient Greece with its grand marble façade, classic Doric columns, and elaborate sculptural friezes. The site also serves as a fascinating chronicle of Athens’ history.More
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Agora of Athens

Agora of Athens

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The Agora was the political and social heart of the ancient city of Athens, and the ruins of this civic center and marketplace are among the most important archaeological sites in today’s capital. Explore this cradle of Greek democracy, including the Temple of Hephaestus and Stoa of Attalos.More
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Cape Sounion

Cape Sounion

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The sheer cliffs, sweeping views, epic sunsets, and photogenic ruins of Cape Sounion (also written Cape Sounio) form one of the most popular Athens day trips. Built in 444 BC, the Temple of Poseidon with its elegant white-marble columns is the star of the show, but there’s a small beach on-site and a wealth of dining options nearby.More

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Top activities in Athens

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Delphi Day Trip from Athens

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Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
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Athens Full Day Private Tour

Athens Full Day Private Tour

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Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
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Athens Greece Full Day private tour

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Full-Day Meteora Tour from Athens by Train
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Recent reviews from experiences in Athens

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Plaka is a must.
Robert_G, May 2022
Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
This tour is must if you want to see what Plaka and Athens has to offer.
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Full Day Athens Tour
Richard_Z, May 2022
Athens Greece Full Day private tour
A great tour that was made so much better by our personable and very knowledgeable driver Alex Incredible sights and stop for a great lunch Must do to see a lot if Athens in a day
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Wonderful run
Johanna_H, May 2022
Athens Highlights Trail Urban Run
Super pleasant morning and great way to see Athens highlights.
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Book this!!!
Korine_H, May 2022
Panorama of Athens in 6 Hours:Private Tour
Perfect to see what’s important!
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Great day in Athens
Janna_E, May 2022
Hop on Hop Off Classic tour of Athens
Really great way to see Athens and get to the Acropolis.
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We had a great time sightseeing in Athens!
Jeff_R, May 2022
Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Because we were only staying a few days, the tour gave us a chance to see all the sights.
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Food, coffee, and street art!
Jennifer_D, May 2022
Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
It's also a good way to see Psyrri and part of Central Athens.
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Fantastic tour
Stephen_M, May 2022
Half Day Historical Athens City Private Taxi Service Tour
Fantastic way to see the sights in Athens if you are on a very short time frame.
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Amazing tour
Selina_C, May 2022
City Sightseeing Athens, Piraeus & Beach Riviera Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours
Was able to do everything in Athens and the beach but didn’t make it to riviera it’s okay it was a lake I wanted to see but had to pay for it but highly recommended this tour Amazing runs every 20 mins the one to Piraeus runs every hour but super nice to see the city
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Great tour for the price
Sarah_B, May 2022
Athens Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
It was nice to be able to see the main sites of Athens from a comfortable bus after having walked for miles the day before.
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The cycle tour is a must
ColinE_D, May 2022
Athens Electric Bike Tour
I had a great time and saw so much and also learnt heaps The guide was informative, funny and took time and effort to make it personal Best way to see Athens and experience the lovely Greek culture I would recommend this experience to everyone - so pleased I did it
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Zach_E, May 2022
Athens Airport Private Arrival Transfer
Our transfer had our name and spoke great English!
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Our tour guide was very...
Alexandra_B, May 2022
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about all of the sites we visited and overall a really fun great way to see different parts of Athens we wouldn’t of found on our own.
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Must do!
Roi_M, May 2022
Athens Scenic Electric Bike Tour
First of all it's great to see Athens in this way, e-bikes are easy and fun, but most of all Dimitri our tour guide was awesome, funny, authentic and with great energy.
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Loved it!
Lora_P, May 2022
Athens Full Day Private Tour
This was the perfect way to see Athens.
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Great tour and experience
Matthew_P, Apr 2022
Athens Electric Bike Tour
Excellent tour, a great way to see alot of Athens and take in what it has to offer.
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Wonderful view and very spiritual place
JoseJoaquin_M, Apr 2022
Delphi Day Trip from Athens
Delphi was A very nice day trip from Athens to visit the holistic place of the temple of Apolo in Delphi.
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Great experience.
kelrobin, Apr 2022
Piraeus port/ hotels to Athens airport Private transfer
Driver spoke perfect English.
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Great Athens Tour
Mark_B, Apr 2022
Athens Full Day Private Tour
We were able to see the Acropolis, ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the Olympic Stadium, Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, had a great authentic Greek lunch and saw a number of other sites.
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Great knowledgeable and comfortable service
Andre_D, Apr 2022
Peloponnese Highlights: Corinth Canal, Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio, and Epidaurus
Taken to great locations to see ancient Greece history.

A local’s pocket guide to Athens

Maria-Venetia Kyritsi

Maria-Venetia divides her time between the UK and Greece. Her ultimate dream is to own an eco- and pet-friendly small boutique hotel in Milos, the island she comes from.

The first thing you should do in Athens is...

download the Beat taxi app. Taxis are pretty cheap and a great way to discover less touristy areas such as Chalandri, Kifissia, Mikrolimano, and Glyfada.

A perfect Saturday in Athens...

starts with brunch at the Underdog café and a stroll along Dionysiou Areopagitou to Monastiraki’s flea market. Grab lunch at Nolan and a real Greek coffee at Kapnikarea before heading to Psyrri for Athens' best nightlife.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Acropolis. That and the nearby museum are definitely unmissable.

To discover the "real" Athens...

visit Anafiotika, a place that time forgot. Not only does it look and feel like you’re on a Greek island, you’ll get amazing views of the Acropolis.

For the best view of the city...

take the cable car to the top of Lycabettus Hill before sunset for a fab view of all the ancient monuments lighting up.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking Athens is an ugly city, worth skipping over in favor of the islands. In fact, the capital has endless museums and archaeological sites, some of the best food in Greece, and unparalleled nightlife.