Best Times To Visit Athens
When should we visit Athens? Like many countries in the mediterranean region such as Spain, Italy or Greece where weather is lovely, beautiful, warm and sunny all year round.
We can travel to Athens at any time of the year but the best time to visit Athens is between March and May or from September to November. Weather during these spring and fall months is agreeable and sunshine is pretty much a guarantee. Not to mention, crowds are thinner and hotel and airfare deals are easier to come by than in summer.
Athens Transport Information
- Subways in Athens run every four minutes during rush hour and every ten minutes on weekdays. They operate from 5:30 AM to midnight.
- Buses are very popular in Athens. They park at the airport and are always available for us to go to the center of Athens or even to anywhere in the region.
- It is too easy to move to some attractive destinations in Athens. We can use a tram. The tram network connects the center of Athens to the southern suburbs. The coaches are nice and modern. The only inconvenience is that the tram is very slow.
- Taxis here are quite cheap and convenient. There are so many on the streets of Athens with yellow decorations. The interesting thing about the Athenian taxis is the fact that one can be picked up by a taxi while there already is a passenger in it. Every passenger will be charged the fare shown on the meter.
Tips: In order to have a safe and economical trip to Athens, you can refer to the prices of some types of transportation here:
- Subway fare for 1.5 hours: €0.80
- Day ticket: €3
- Week ticket: €10.00
- Month ticket: €30.00
- Tram fare for 1 hour: €0.80
- Special ticket: €0.50
- Discount ticket: €0.50
- Week ticket: €10
Where To Stay In Athens
The criteria for choosing a hostel or hotel in Athens is that we should not choose a room in the central area or near metro stations for convenient travel and eating. Room rates in Athens are also among the cheapest in Europe. If we want to rent a private room, it usually costs from €30 and includes breakfast.
The hotel system in Athens is very diverse, we can book hotels with many different prices. Please see the list of cheap, beautiful and comfortable hotels in Athens.
Athens Luxury Hotels
- Electra Palace Hotel Athens –18-20 N.Nikodimou street, Plaka, Athens.
- New Hotel – 16, Fillelinon str., Plaka, Athens.
Athen Economy Hotels
- Coco-Mat Nafsika – 6 Pellis Street, Kifisia, Athens
- Acropolis Ami Boutique Hotel – Iras 10, Athens, Athens
- Aristoteles Hotel – 15 Acharnon, Athens
- Claridge, Athens – 4 Dorou, Athens
Tourist Attractions in Athens
National Garden: Right in the heart of Athens between Syntagma square and the kallimarmaro stadium, stands the famous national garden of Athens, a beautiful area to escape the noisy city center and relax in a lush green environment. It is almost unbelievable that such an amazing garden is situated among the busiest avenues of the city and still it is so well-protected from noise.
New Acropolis Museum: The Acropolis museum in Athens, is the most visited museum in Athens. Opened back in 2009, it is a purpose built, thoughtfully designed building, boasting an incredible collection of artifacts and unparalleled views of the Acropolis itself. A favorite destination for art lovers around the world, it hosts the most important points of Greek civilization indentation. The New Acropolis museum is an attractive destination for those who want to learn about European history.
Mount Lycabettus: Standing 277 meters above sea level, Lycabettus Hill is the highest point of Athens. The view from the Lycabettus Hill is best enjoyed at sunset whilst waiting for the lights of the Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic stadium and Ancient to come on. We will also be reminded that Athens is surrounded by sea with a spectacular view across the Aegean.
Syntagma Square: is the most attractive destination in Athens. It has literally been the very heart of Athens ever since the city became the capital of the modern Greece state, and it is the perfect central location for sightseeing.
Temple of Olympian Zeus: also known as the Olympieion, was built over several centuries starting in 174 BCE and only final completed by Roman Emperor Hadrian in 134 CE. Its usually tall columns and ambitious layout made the temple one of the largest ever built in the ancient world.
Ancient Agora: One of the most important sites of the Greek capital, is located on the northwest of Acropolis, between the neighborhoods of Thission and Monastiraki. A large area with ancient ruins and much greenery, the Ancient Agora was the center of Athens in antiquity, the place where political gatherings and juries would take place.
The Plaka is the oldest section of Athens. Most of the street has been closed to automobile traffic, though we should still keep a watchful eye for speeding motorcycles or delivery trucks. Plaka has a long history and has played an important part in Athenian life, with many famous people having walked along its street, from Pericles and Alexander the Great to Lord Elgin and Lord Byron, while many well-known Greek writers, actors and artists have lived here, like Giorgos Seferis, Kostis Palamas and Melina Merkouri to name a few.
Information about admission tickets to some attractions in Athens:
- Parthenon: 12€
- Acropolis: 12€
- National Archaeological Museum: 7€
- Ancient Agora: 4€
- Benaki Museum: 6€
- New Acropolis Museum: 5€
- Temple of Olympian Zeus: 12€
Enjoy Athens Specialties
What should we eat when traveling to Athens? You will discover a lot of delicious, typical Greek dishes. Here are the list of famous dishes in Athens you should try if have any change:
- Gyros: is a type of bread filled with meat (chicken or pork), tomatoes, potatoes, and sauce wrapped in a layer of the bread. Price for each is from €3 to €4.
- Yogurt: this Greek dish is very famous for its delicious and fatty taste.
- Dishes made from lamb: lamb chops rice, lamb stew (Youvetsi) mixed with tomato sauce.
- In addition, we can try some other dishes such as Fassolatha (bean soup), Keftethes (grilled meatballs), Horta Vrasta (mixed spinach), Baklava pastry,...