Complete guide to visiting Athens
Getting to know Athens
Athens is the capital of Greece and the cultural, political and economic center of the country. The birthplace of renowned artists and philosophers throughout ancient times.
Home to the famous Acropolis and Parthenon, Athens became the first city to host the modern Olympics in 1896, and in 2004 it became one of the few cities in the world to host it several times. Athens’ cultural and social life takes place among breathtaking ancient landmarks, creating an eclectic atmosphere in all the different neighborhoods, each with its unique attractions and character.
Traveling in Greece? I highly recommend visiting Athens. Even if your plan is to go to just one of the islands, and you don’t have a full day to spend in Athens, try clearing at least a few hours to explore the city, places you shouldn’t miss. Athens is a fascinating city with dozens of attractions, museums, excellent tavernas and vibrant nightlife.
Flights to Athens
There are a variety of flights to Athens which take off from Israel to Greece, due to being a particularly attractive destination.
The large airport in Athens is Eleftherios Venizelos. Once you have landed in Athens, you can take a taxi directly from the airport to your hotel or anywhere else in the city.
The flight time from NATO to Athens International Airport is 2 hours and 25 minutes.
Types of holidays in Athens
Athens is a diverse and dynamic city, where you can enjoy several types of holidays.
An organized trip in Athens, for the most part, includes a visit to the happy Plaka quarter, an Olympic stadium where more games were held in ancient Greece, the stunning Corinth Canal, and the famous cheese town of Arachova.
Organized trips to the capital of Greece allow you to explore the hidden corners of Athens, while providing free time to shop in the city’s top centers.
Thinking about a family vacation with the kids in Athens?
The Acropolis and the Parthenon are among the oldest and most important historical sites in Athens, and you really shouldn’t miss going up to the place and watching the crazy panoramic view of Athens from the top of the hill. The Parthenon is the highlight of the Acropolis – an amazing structure built by the most advanced civilization in the world. It is a must-see attraction when visiting Athens with children for most families, even if your children are not big history buffs.
In Monastiraki, you will find plenty of fun shops and many excellent restaurants surrounding the square, where you can have delicious souvlaki for lunch or enjoy coffee for you and chocolate milk with whipped cream for children.
The National Garden of Athens is a place for the whole family and all ages, from small to large, and is an excellent mid-day attraction.
Its central location in the center of Athens makes it an excellent solution if you are looking for something to do during the day or in the evening.
The children’s museum and the fascinating museum of illusions are also suitable for all ages, from teens to teenagers and adults, these are the most recommended attractions in Athens on holiday with the children.
What about an amusement park? One of the fun and fun attractions Athens has to offer is the amusement park, which is also suitable for adrenaline enthusiasts and those who love the upturned hunch, and also for the little ones with a complex designed especially for them.
When you talk about children, you talk about liking to live in nature. A great place to visit with kids in Athens is the Attica Zoo, located outside the city of Athens, close to the airport.
Stay and accommodation in Athens
Athens is a large volume that allows enjoyment of a variety of excursions, whether they are focused on impressing with the architecture of the city, staying near the sea and so on. Athens city center offers a fine range of hotels alongside the possibility of staying in the suburbs of the capital city of Greece.
The best areas to stay in the city center of Athens are: Plaka, Thiseio, Kerameikos, Makrigianni, Monastiraki and Psirri.
For those of you looking to focus on shopping, we recommend staying in Kolonaki.
One of the best places to stay for families is Kifisia.
Looking to enjoy the nightlife of Athens? We recommend you to stay in Gazi.
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The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, is a unique site for Athens. This city of temples, built in the 5th century BC, serves as a daily reminder to the Greeks of their heritage and the city’s many transformations.
The cultural and social life of Athens takes place in, around and in centuries-old landmarks, if not thousands of years. The remains of ancient Greece are rare and historically exciting.
At the foot of the Acropolis is the neighborhood of Anafiotika, which is unlike any other neighborhood in Athens, and when you are in it you will feel that you have left the city and are in an authentic Greek village.
The area is central to the city and is bounded by 3 squares – Syntagma Square, Monastiraki Square and Omnia Square. The area is full of restaurants, cafes, shops and bars and is bustling at all hours of the day and night.
Kolonaki is the upscale neighborhood of Athens, where you’ll find high-end shops, galleries, and museums alongside a variety of cafes and patisseries that wouldn’t shame Paris.
For history buffs, there are two other recommended museums in the neighborhood – the Benaki Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art.
Beyond Athens, down the Attica Peninsula, are magnificent ancient cities such as the Temple of Poseidon in So union and the site of the ancient Eleusis, alongside magical beaches, such as those near the historic Marathon. If you prefer not to drive, most of these special places can be reached by public transport.
Athens also has a lot to offer in the culinary world, diverse restaurants offer appetizing Mediterranean cuisine and a variety of shops. Colorful vegetables, juicy meat and delicious cheese are just three ingredients from a long list of varied delicacies prepared in the purest Greek style.
It is also recommended to visit other islands in the Athens area, such as Hydra and the exciting Agistri. This can be done independently (be mindful of ferry opening hours) or book an organized day trip.
Transportation in Athens
In Athens, you can find a special variety of public transport, including buses (also electric), metro, tram, taxis and cruise lines between the various islands. The transport system in the big cities is developed and very convenient to use, in addition, very acceptable, especially among tourists, to rent motorbikes for more comfortable mobility in Greece.
In Athens, you can rent and enjoy traffic options and access to more sites, without being dependent on the hours of operation of public transport or needing special preparations. When purchasing a flight ticket to Athens and traveling with children it is advisable to rent a car.
One of Greece’s notable advantages is the diverse possibilities for motorbike rentals. Athens is wide and long for motorcycle riders, you can rent scooters or large motorcycles and explore the city with great pleasure, riding a motorbike. Important tip – Make sure you have an international license and helmet, as the helmet is, for the most part, not part of the rental package.