Athens travel guide

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You're Going to Love Athens

There aren't many places in the world that can claim as much historical importance as Athens. The cradle of democracy. Home to the first theater. A center of philosophy. Athens has a lot to live up to, and it does so brilliantly.

While you shouldn't miss historical sights like the Agora or the Acropolis, modern Athens has much to offer vacationers, too. After taking a walking tour of the ancient ruins, you can dive into markets like Monastiraki, window shop at boutiques in Kolonaki, hop between galleries in Metaxourgeio, and dine out on healthy Greek dishes at wonderful neighborhood tavernas.

Throw the vibrant nightlife and the chance to sunbathe at nearby resorts like Glyfada into the mix, and the result is a fascinating, dynamic, and hard-to-resist vacation destination.

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When to Visit Athens

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Athens tends to be blazing hot in the summer (June through early September), which can make sightseeing a sweaty experience. And the crowds also tend to accumulate in summer too. So why not try one of the shoulder seasons? April or October are good months to go, with warm weather and cheaper accommodation. Even Christmas is usually mild, and all of the attractions will be open.

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How to Get to Athens

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Where to Stay in Athens

Athens is a sprawling place, with plenty of choice regarding accommodation. Hotels with the best views of the Acropolis are probably the most sought after and include the AVA Hotel and Suites (in Plaka) and the King George Hotel near Syntagma Square. Affordable but comfortable options include A For Athens and the Myrto Hotel, which is handy for the airport. You could even stay in coastal resort hotels like the Coral Hotel.

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Shopping Streets

Athens has everything from high-end clothing boutiques and jewelry stores to modern malls, vintage stores and flea markets, and it's a great place for shopaholics to explore. For luxury apparel stores, head to Kolonaki or Ermou. Highlights like Rita Pateroni and Hogan always have an eye-catching selection of contemporary designs on offer. But for a more unpredictable shopping experience, take a walk through Monastiraki flea market, where anything could be for sale on a given day. If you need souvenirs, dive in - and don't be afraid to haggle.

Groceries and Other

The best places to purchase everyday groceries are supermarkets like Carrefour or Lidl, where you can pick up a large selection of items. However, you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables even cheaper at the Varvakios Agora, Athens' central market. In general, prices are low. Expect to pay about EUR4.50 for a gallon of milk and EUR0.70 for a pound of bananas.

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Where to Eat in Athens

Greek food and drink can be sublime, and Athens is full of places to explore what it has to offer. On one hand, the city has plenty of seafood eateries like the taverna Arsenis Taverna Iseris, or Sardelaki in Glyfada. For meat dishes like souvlaki give Trapezaria a try, and for gourmet meals with a view of the Parthenon, Psaras Taverna in Plaka is ideal. Eating out isn't usually expensive in Athens. Expect a three-course meal to cost around EUR20, and street food like gyros to cost EUR5 or less.