Five Reasons To Visit Athens

The European city of Athens is widely considered as the cradle of western civilisation. It is here that democracy first took hold, where modern literature was born and where modern medicine was first practised.

Athens is unique and a new generation of savvy travellers is flocking there to enjoy its many delights. Whether it is watching the sun go down over ancient monuments from one of the city’s stylish rooftop bars & restaurants or just soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine with beautiful Athenians on a local beach - it is your choice. The city has transformed itself into a chic hub of creativity and is certainly one of the most exciting capitals in Europe.

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Here are five reasons you should visit Athens :



1. History

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a recorded history spanning over 3,400 years. These days, Athens retains reverence for its illustrious past with various archaeological sites, museums and ancient monuments dotted about the city. The most notable of these is the incredible Acropolis of Athens, where the magnificent Parthenon sits proudly at the top overlooking the city below.

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2. Cuisine

The traditional Mediterranean cuisine of Greece is reason enough to visit Athens on its own. Overflowing with an abundance of vibrant flavours and fresh local ingredients, expect succulent meats, fresh vegetables, and plenty of olive oil, cheeses, nuts and fruits. Make sure you sample a traditional Yemista (stuffed tomatoes) or a crumbly Greek Baklava for those with a sweet tooth.

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Varoulko Seaside restaurant

3. Value

From the luxury hotels to a cup of fresh barista-prepared coffee, Athens is quite affordable. Local wine is especially well-priced, by the way.

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center


While the summer months in Athens sees the mercury consistently reach the high 30s, in September you can widely expect temperatures in the mid to high 20s. This makes ambling around the city – or lounging on a beach – a much more comfortable experience. 

Skalakia Althea Athens Beach.

5. Beaches

Being a port city, Athens is conveniently situated near a number of beautiful sandy beaches. All easily accessible via public transport from the city centre, the beaches of Athens can make an idyllic contrast to the bustling city.  

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Athens Riviera

Where to stay

The finest property in Athens is the historic Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens. Enjoying superb views over the city - including the Acropolis, delightful restaurants & bars, spa and excellent service - this is the address to share in the city.

Read the guide to the best luxury hotels in Athens

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Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
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