Athens is the capital City of Greece and considered by many to be the birthplace of democracy. Records show that is was populated more than 3400 years ago and this makes it one of the oldest cities in the world. Whether you are visiting Athens to marvel at the plethora of ancient monuments and museums or to experience a modern vibrant city you will not be disappointed.
Getting to Athens
Flights to Athens will bring you into Eleftherios Venizelos, the Athens International Airport, which is located at Sparta.
Sparta is approximately 20km east of the city and it has excellent transport links to the airport. The airport is serviced by Athens Metro Line 3, the Attiki Odos motorway, four bus routes and regular taxis. National and International flights are provided by carriers such as Aegean Airlines, Easyjet and Ryanair. With several budget airlines using the airport flights to Athens are very competitively priced and almost 22 million passengers passed through the terminals in 2017.
You might want to visit Athens by car if you plan to explore the Greek islands or further afield on the mainland. Almost all the major Greek islands like Crete, Rhodes, Corfu and Kos can be reached by regular ferry services.
Some visitors to Athens prefer to see Athens by car as it offers greater freedom and you don’t need to stick to the set timetables offered by Public transport.
If you are visiting the city from overseas you might want to consider what a budget car rental Athens has to offer. Car rental is easy to arrange and provides a cost effective way of exploring Athens and Greece as a whole. The experienced budget car rental Athens businesses have online booking facilities so you can make your plans well before you arrive in the city.
Staying in Athens
There are literally hundreds of budget hotels in Athens for you to choose from and we recommend that you study the maps of the city before you make your booking. Hotels near the airport can be easier to get to but you might have a long commute to see some of the sites of Athens. Luxury hotels in Athens come in the form of 4 and 5 star establishments catering for visitors which are prepared to pay that bit more during their stay.
Some of the luxury hotels in Athens that have historically received excellent reviews are the Hotel Grande Bretagne, the King George and the Athenaeum InterContinental. All three of these luxury hotels have award winning restaurants, high speed internet, gyms and pools. Do check before you book your hotel whether the pools are indoors or outdoors and if they are heated.
Things to see and do in Athens
The majority of visitors to the city come to see the ancient monuments but Athens also appeals to those interested in the history of global sporting events such as the Olympic Games.
The first modern Olympics were in Athens in 1896 but it also hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The Athens Olympic Stadium is well renowned as one of the best stadiums in the world. As well as being the venue for the 2004 Olympics and the UEFA Champions League finals in 1994 and 2007 it also holds music concerts by international stars such as Shakira, Madonna, Pink Floyd and Bon Jovi.
Ancient monuments that attract huge numbers of visitors to this glorious city include the Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Temple of Hephaestus. Some of these structures were constructed more than 2500 years ago and some monuments like the Parthenon have undergone extensive restoration works in the 21st Century.
One of greatest museums in the world is the National Archaeological Museum which is home to a vast collection of ancient Greek antiquities. Other popular museums in Athens include the Numismatic Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art and the Byzantine and Christian Museum.
The biggest zoo in the city is the privately owned Attica Zoological Park near the airport. It boasts 400 different species and is open every day of the year.
Whatever reason you have for visiting Athens, be it business or pleasure, budget or luxury, ancient or modern monuments we know you will have an experience that you will treasure forever that will leave you planning your next visit to this remarkable city.
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