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Located 30 km to the east of Athens, the Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is the main international gateway for Athens and the region of Attica. The airport lies between the towns of Loutsa, Koropi and Markopoulo. It has two terminals, the Main Terminal and the Satellite Terminal.

Transit to and from the airport is by rail, metro, bus, taxi or car rental.

Quick facts about Athens

Car rent

from $ 28
per day

Hotel booking

from $ 25
per night

Currency

EUR
euro
Reference average prices in Athens

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

$ 13.09

🍕Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

$ 45.52

🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

$ 4.55

🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

$ 1.59

🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)

$ 402

Best time to visit Athens

The best time to explore the city
from March to May and September to November
Prices
Hotels from $ 25
Temperature
Athens is coldest in January when the average temperature is 10°C and hottest in August when temperatures average 29°C and the most daily sunshine is in July at 12 hrs in a day. The wettest month is December with an average of of rain.
Precipitation
Average annual rainfall for Athens is 397 mm and December is the wettest month, receiving up to 97.6 mm of rain.

The weather

The best time to visit Athens is from March to May and September to November, in the spring and fall, when the weather is agreeable.

Plaka Plaka
One of the most ancient and famous capital city of Europe, Athens is the capital of Greece.

 It was also the centre of the powerful empire that was ancient Greece. The city is quite significant to the history of western civilization, and is still filled with ancient landmarks including places like the the Acropolis, the Parthenon and Erechtheion.

 

The city has a lengthy history dating back to the Neolithic age, and its historic centre is currently home to large archaeological sites. It is also where the largest pedestrian zone (3 km long) in Europe, is located.

 

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Astir Beach in south Athens
Things to do in Athens

Far more than a vast archaeological site, Athens is a city with much to see and do. Asides museums and galleries filled with ancient treasures, visitors can visit places like Plaka to explore its alleys, visit the famous landmarks, or enjoy delicious Greek cuisine.

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Acropolis

The Acropolis is home to a number of world-renowned Classical landmarks that people travel from far and wide to see. These include and the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion, the Propylea and the Parthenon.

A World Heritage Site, this ancient citadel of the city is one location visitors to Athens try not to miss.

Plaka Plaka
Plaka

Sitting in the shadow of the Acropolis is this charming district of 19th-century facades and twisting alleys. A great place for a lazy stroll and experiencing everyday life in Athens, Plaka is filled with all types of family-run shops and restaurants.

At night or in the daytime, there is always something to see or do in this lively and yet peaceful area.

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Mount Lycabettus

Hike up the mountain to get fabulous views of the city below, or alternatively, take a funicular to the top.

 

Mount Lycabettus can be found to the northeast of the city centre and is as high as 300 metres. A funicular rides to the top every hour for visitors who are unable to endure the climb.

 

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Kapnikarea

One of the oldest churches in the city, Kapnikarea is an 11th century church located on Ermou Street in Athens. Consecrated around 1050, it was built over an ancient Greek pagan temple just like many early Christian churches.

 

The interior features a colourful iconography from the mid-20th century, by the painter Photis Kontoglou, alongside other older decoration and sculpted column capitals.

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The National Garden

Formerly known as the Royal Garden, the National Garden was created in the 1830s, ordered by Amalia of Oldenburg.

A lush park of ponds filled with turtles and ducks as well as an avenue of tall palm trees, the park is a great location for picnics and relaxation.

This location also features a botanical museum and a small sized zoo with wolves, monkeys, birds of prey and peacocks.

 

Athens Cuisine​

The Greek have quite a number of unique dishes dating back hundreds of years. Delicious and wholesome food, a few you would encounter include, Gyro, which is made from roasted meat, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and sometimes even fries, served on pita.

 

There is also Souvlaki, grilled lamb, pork or chicken on a skewer, which can also be served like gyro on pita bread with garnish and sauce.

 

A popular one is the Greek salad, known all around the world but always better in its home country. A combination of tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, cucumbers and red onion dressed with vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil. It is eaten with almost every meal.

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