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Set like a gleaming empire in southern Greece, Athens is the country’s large, bustling capital that sings with magical ancient heritage. As one of the world’s oldest cities, Athens is the place to go for endless ancient artefacts and architecture, where dozens of narrow winding streets - housing hidden temples and outdoor markets - lead up to the majestic Acropolis, an awe-inspiring citadel that hosts the epic Parthenon. With a lively nightlife, thriving arts culture and mouthwatering cuisine, Athens makes for an utterly inspirational holiday.

Things to see

As soon as you awake on your sun-dappled Athens morning, you’ll want to race up to the Acropolis. Make your way through the meandering ancient streets that slowly ascend up the olive-tree flecked hill, taking in the sight of temple ruins, and stopping along the way for a refreshing cup of sweet mint tea at one of the traditional family-run cafés. Once at the top, let the majesty of the Parthenon wash over you - its towering white colonnades and ornamented pediments telling of Greek’s remarkable history. After, head back to the centre, and become inspired at the Acropolis Museum, or the modern Athens Planetarium, which is one of the largest in the world. As the evening rolls in, enjoy an ouzo at a chic café-bar in Kolonaki Square, and listen as the lulling sound of live lyres begins to pour from the nearby entertainment bars.

Hotels in Athens

Treat yourself to a slice of luxury at a 5-star hotel in Athens, where you’ll be rewarded with unforgettable views across the pine-studded hills that gently lead up to the rocky Acropolis. With enormous rooms, butler-like service and refined in-house dining, these hotels make for a truly indulgent holiday. Central Athens boasts a wide range of 2 and 3-star hotels, set in old white-washed buildings with adjoining flower-flecked gardens, making for a relaxing and affordable stay. For more space and a traditional vibe, rent a surprisingly affordable villa in Athens’ beautiful surrounding countryside.

Where to stay

For a classy holiday set in Athens’ most affluent area, stay in the district surrounding Kolonaki Square. Here, first rate fine dining restaurants - serving up delicate stuffed vine leaves - align fabulously fashionable designer boutiques. To immerse yourself in Athens’ rich historic heritage, stay in Plaka - the old town - where narrow cobbled streets slowly wind around cosy bars and cool cafés to the grand Acropolis. For a romantic stay, the Thissio district is ideal. Here, perfectly preserved neoclassical buildings loom over the quiet streets, and ancient green spaces - rich with pink Mediterranean flora - offer an atmospheric area to unwind.

How to get to Athens

Athens is well served by a large international airport that provides regular flights to many European destinations, and further flights around the world. From the airport, hop on a bus or metro which will race you the 22 miles into the heart of the city. Athens’ nearby Port of Piraeus - which has been used for millennia - serves the many ferries that arrive from the Greek islands, as well as dozens of year-round cruise ships. Once in Athens, travel around the city and surrounding region with ease, by taking advantage of the affordable and reliable metro and bus systems.