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Why go to Athens

Discover the birthplace of western civilisation on holidays in Athens, where ancient temples overlook bustling shopping streets and family-friendly Greek tavernas. This European city is one of the most intriguing places to visit, with its ancient historical sites mixed in with the modern day city going about its daily business.

Jam-packed with world-class tourist attractions, a great climate and good value hotels and restaurants, Athens makes for a great getaway.

Athens swells outwards from the Acropolis, a flat-topped hillside that's crowned by the tall white pillars of the Parthenon. In its shadow is Plaka, a warren of music-filled streets lined with restaurants, bars and gift shops. You can stop here for an icy-cold beer, or buzz straight down to the Ancient Agora to wander among crumbling stone ruins. Modern Athens begins at Syntagma Square, with the National Gardens and the Greek Parliament both just a stone's throw away.

There are many museums in the city, including the flagship Museum of the Acropolis with its new modern building at the foot of the hill. And you can visit the ancient Olympic stadium where London received the torch in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.

Travel Information

Language

Greek

Currency

Euros (€)

Average flight time(from London)

3 hrs 40 mins
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