If you appreciate history and culture then Athens is an amazing city!
It is one of the oldest cities in the world; once a powerful city-state, and always a centre for arts, culture, learning, and philosophy.
It is considered by many to be the birthplace of democracy, and the cradle of the Western civilization.
Today it is a modern and cosmopolitan city with a very vibrant and bustling atmosphere, but what most tourists come to see are the awe inspiring remains of Classical Athens – the Acropolis.
How to get here
Athens International Airport is about 35 kilometres (22 miles) outside of the city, to the east. It’s a large and busy airport with flights coming here from all over the world.
You can fly from China, Turkey, the UK, Italy, Canada, the USA, Egypt, UAE, the Middle East, Scandinavia, and most major European cities with airlines including Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, SAS, Lufthansa, Emirates, Delta Air Lines, British Airways, Air China, and Air France, to name a few.
The airport is well connected to the city, with the metro, suburban rail, and buses, going between the two, or there are always taxis available if you want a door to door service.
Getting Around in Athens
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece today, and with its 3.7 million residents in the metropolitan area it is a busy place, full of traffic, and noise.
Efforts have been made to improve the air quality in the city, and the best way to get around is not by car but by public transit.
Between the Metro, tram, and the electric railway it’s easy to get to most parts of the city.
When to Visit
Many visitors think of Athens as being a hot and sunny place and while this is true in the summer, winters are cooler in comparison.
It is a very sunny city though, averaging close to 2,800 hours of sunshine per year and the sunniest months are from May to September.
If you don’t like the heat you should not visit in the middle of summer. The average high in July and August is just over 33 C but if you’re right in the city it can feel hotter than this.
You’re better off visiting early or late summer, such as May or September. From October it gets a little rainier though remains warm. The coolest month is January when the average high is 12.5C.
The best hotels …
You can find over 230 hotels here, so you have many to choose from. These are scattered all across the city though, so when choosing a hotel check where it is located in comparison to the attractions you want to visit.
If you would like to stay in 5 star accommodation there are 25 5-star hotels in the city and location-wise they don’t come much better than The Royal Olympic Hotel.
It is just a short walk from the Acropolis, and rooms actually overlook Zeus’s Temple.
The rooftop restaurant (picture above) is a fabulous place to enjoy a Greek meal and amazing views.
A full overview of all hotels in Athens here >>