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Athens Holidays

Athens Holidays

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The past is always present on Athens holidays, where ancient history excitingly blends with modern living. Incredible remnants of civilizations past and landscape straight out of legend coexist perfectly with contemporary architecture and fashionable districts. Keep an eye out for the Acropolis, which presides over Athens and can be seen from most of the city; get the cable car up to Lycabettus Hill for sweeping urban vistas; visit the temple of Poseidon if you’re a fan of Greek myths; catch a film at a pop-up, open-air cinema… You’ll never be short of things to see on a city break in the capital of Greece, that’s for sure.



Beaches
Greek beaches set the standard for what good beaches should be. Although Athens is more well-known for its attractions that its sandy stretches, this seaside city is no different to the rest of Greece when it comes to sun, sea and sand. Head to Voula Beach for family-friendly shallow water and a relaxed feel. There’s also Porto Rafti, a beach that’s really popular with Athenian locals. The pebbly beach is great for restaurants and bars, and is also the perfect spot for a swim. Prefer somewhere all singing and all dancing? For a small fee you can visit Beach Club Alimos for stunning blue sea and white sand, with great facilities for all ages.

Food & drink

What’s a city break without trying the local delicacies? Greek salad, moussaka, souvlaki… Athens has it all, and then some. Make sure you visit an authentic taverna or two for a meal and a tipple. Breakfast isn’t really the most important meal of the day here – there’s an old saying that breakfast in Greece is just a cigarette and a coffee. That doesn’t sound very appetising to us, so we’d recommend looking out for a bakery selling pastry or fresh bread to start the day off right. Café culture is alive and well in Athens, and evening meals tend to be taken late – sometimes starting at 10pm!

Culture
The culture of an Athens city break is what really draws people in. How could it not, when there’s so much history surrounding you? Ancient Greek ruins and relics are everywhere you look, but this city is anything but stuffy. This is a place where hipster cafes are set next to buildings from the 9th century BC. Homer, Plato and Pythagoras are just some of Athens’ famous residents of the past. The Olympic Games and the Athens Marathon are also huge parts of the sporting culture here too.

Nightlife
Looking for a bar to blow your mind? Try the rooftop terrace of A For Athens. With sweeping views to the Acropolis and a great atmosphere, there’s no better place to get the night going. Got soul? Get yourself over to CV Distiller. This laid-back cocktail bar has an amazing selection of rums and whiskeys, all served to a funky jazz soundtrack. Our pick of the nightclubs might be called Cinderella, but there’s no way you’ll be home before midnight. A venue that’s been described as the party hub of Athens, you’ll be able to dance to your heart’s content here.

Important information
Flight Time: 4hrs
Time Difference: GMT +2hrs
Currency: Euro
Official Language: Greek

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Athens Weather

Generally, the weather in Greece follows a typically lovely Mediterranean pattern with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Athens holidays follow this sunny pattern perfectly, with temperatures reaching averages of 29°C in July and August. Visit outside of peak season in May, June, September or October for less crowds and temperatures that still reach an average of 20°C or higher.
Jan 10ºC
Feb 10ºC
Mar 13ºC
Apr 16ºC
May 21ºC
Jun 26ºC
Jul 29ºC
Aug 29ºC
Sep 24ºC
Oct 20ºC
Nov 15ºC
Dec 12ºC

Things To Do on Athens Holidays

Visit the Acropolis of Athens
The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most famous landmarks in Greece. But what is an acropolis? It basically means a citadel on top of a hill. And this acropolis is often referred to as simply The Acropolis by virtue of its far-reaching fame. This reminder of Athens’ grand past can be seen throughout almost the whole of the city; very handy for trying to figure out where you are. Located on top of the Hill of the Muses, you’ll also get a cracking view of the cityscape from the top. Make sure you check out the amazing Acropolis Museum, too.

See the Pathanon
Greek gods. Myths. Legends. They come to life all over Athens, and the Parthanon is one such place. This ancient temple was completed in 438 BC, which – by our calculations – makes it pretty old. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a very accessible landmark, located close to the Acropolis. There’s a reason why this is often described as the number one attraction in Greece: it’s utterly stunning.

Watch the sun set from Mount Lycabettus
Whether you climb to the top or catch the quirky funicular railway (basically a train that goes up), the views from the top of Mount Lycabettus are incredible. There’s even a coffee shop at the top, as well as some cute cats that have made this impressive place their home. The hike is quite hard work, but if you time it just right, you can watch the sun set with a 360° view of Athens.