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In the midst of economic crisis, Athens has faced some tough times. Though as we’d expect from the city responsible for democracy, theatre, and Western civilisation, Athens refuses to be defeated. Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom and courage, Athena, the Athens of today keeps its cultural ties through the stunning marble architecture, iconic monuments and world-class museums. While mighty old-world architecture sees a rich history survive on each and every street corner, more modern offerings including hip hotels, artsy-industrial neighbourhoods and a killer foodie scene reveal an edgier side to Greece’s capital. Old or new, graceful or grungy, you’ll find it all and more in the great city of Athens.

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Things to do in Athens

  • Our tips for Athens

    Our tips for Athens
    • Take a history lesson. When weighing up what to do in Athens, ancient sites like the Acropolise, Parthenon, the Temple of Hephaestus, The Ancient Agora and Mount Lycabettus should be top of the list.
    • Watch the changing of the guard. Head to Syntagma Square’s pink Parliament building each Sunday at 11am to see the Evzone guards perform an elaborate changeover ceremony. With guards apparently selected for their height and good looks combined, this is a changing of the guard worth seeing.
    • Go wild. Call time-out on the museums and galleries and head to the National Gardens for a coffee among chilled out Athenians, peacocks, deer and lots of cats.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit Warm and sunny year-round, Athens can be visited at any time. The peak of summer (August) and the winter months sees prices drop considerably, with many tourists opting to visit in the more agreeable Spring or Autumn seasons. For quieter Athens attractions, we suggest planning your visit outside of Spring or Autumn.
    Getting Around Navigating Athens can be testing. Here’s our travel breakdown of the best ways to find your way around this historic city.
    • When it comes to organising your Athens sightseeing itinerary, tram is best. Affordable day and week passes are readily available, while the tram’s myriad routes connects most of the city with the beaches and beyond. On the tram, your Athens day trips couldn’t run smoother.
    • The Athens underground is also a relatively cheap and efficient way of getting from A to B on your Athens day tours.
    • Plenty of street cabs and radio taxis operate throughout Athens, and both are great options when you tire on your Athens tours.
    Stay Safe Athens is a relatively safe city. Keep these travel tips in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
    • Though beautiful, it’s best to take extra caution when visiting Omonia Square, especially late at night.
    • Green spaces throughout the city like the National Gardens are beautiful in the daytime, but minimal lighting at night means the areas can be rife with pickpockets. When considering the things to do in Athens after dark, walking in the gardens should be avoided.
    • In any emergency, dial 112.

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