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The capital of Greece, Athens is considered to be the historic capital of continental Europe. It is one of the oldest cities in the world and continues to have a vibrant cultural scene. Greece is a popular tourist destination and Athens is at the heart of the country. It is well connected by Athens International Airport (ATH) and Piraeus, the largest European passenger port. The city is sprawled with Ancient, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments, museums, cultural entities and home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Daphni Monastery and the Acropolis of Athens. In addition to the historic landmarks, the city has over 140 theatrical stages, Athens Planetarium, Athens Concert Hall, Greek National Opera and several festivals round the year to keep visitors entertained.

Things to do in Athens

The Acropolis

The Acropolis is the unmissable landmark in Athens. The citadel can be traced back to the fourth century BC. It is the best example of Classical Greek architecture and one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world. Several buildings are found here, the most prominent ones are the Parthenon (the iconic temple dedicated to Goddess of Athena), the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (a stone theatre and venue for the annual Athens Festival) and the Sanctuary of Zeus Polieus (a walled sanctuary dedicated to Zeus Polieus). You may also choose to visit Acropolis museum which is focused on the findings of the site.

The National Archaeological Museum

Athens has a flurry of museums suiting different preferences of visitors. The National Archaeological Museum houses the best collection of ancient Greek jewelry, sculpture, and pottery. The artefacts displayed here are among the most important ones found in Greece ranging from the prehistoric era to late antiquity. The museum has an epigraphical section, which houses over 14,000 inscriptions as well as one for Egyptian artefacts which houses over 6,000 items.

The Ancient Agora

Former marketplace and heart of city life in Ancient Athens, the Agora was used as a place of assembly. Founded in the 6th century B.C, it is carved out of marble. The site has several surviving examples of statues, stone carvings, and columns.

Best Time to visit Athens

Greece is an all year-round tourist destination due to its great weather. June to August is peak season in the country when the crowds pour in and prices are inflated. The best time to book Athens flight is from March to May and September to November. Those who decide to visit during peak season are advised to book EWR to ATH flights in advance to avoid paying more at the last minute.

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