If you have been pondering over the idea of booking a holiday to Athens, why not make it part of your 2021 travel plans? As the capital of Greece, Athens has a lot to offer its visitors. From its timeworn landmarks to its flourishing hilly terrain, Athens is considered the historical capital of Europe. Don't be fooled into thinking that Athens lacks a contemporary touch, however. The ancient capital is as quirky as it is historical, with modern conveniences tucked away near age-old attractions, like Syntagma Square and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
Charming and alluring, the metropolis boasts some of the best archaeological sites on the planet. You’ll be reminded of the city's ancient settlement when you wander around enchanting temples and the Plaka neighborhood, which is considered a nucleus of the historic centre. It's not just the antiquity that makes a holiday to Athens so popular but also the cosy cafes and inviting tavernas, where traditional Greek food and drink can be enjoyed.
Your guide to Athens holidays
Imagine walking amid ancient monuments, temple ruins, and the only white marble stadium in the entire world. When you go on holiday to Athens, the cultural attractions will satisfy your sense of wonder and fulfil your curiosity, whether it is to visit a hilltop place of worship like the Temple of Hephaestus, or to splurge at Monastiraki shops and markets.
Perhaps one of the area's most prominent sacred landmarks is the Church of Sant Jordi, although you will come across a wide range of famous attractions whilst on holiday in Athens. The National Archaeological Museum is a must for anyone with a fascination for ancient Greece, whereas Syntagma Square is the ideal destination for a walking tour near the city's temples and monuments.
Spend a half day or full day revealing the history of Athens at the site of Acropolis. This ancient citadel rises above the city and the settlement is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Benaki Museum, the ruins of Parthenon, and the timeworn complex of Erechtheion are three other attractions to check out alone, or as part of a group.
Beach bums need not pack a whole lot for a holiday to Athens because with such a variety of local beaches based within close proximity to the centre, a swimsuit and light clothing are all that you'll need! Members of the public are granted access to most of the sand-fringed coastline, which consists of more than 20 beaches.
Soft sand coats the bay at Vouliagmeni, which is situated 23 kilometres south of Athens. This beach is organised and family-friendly, as is Varkiza, Cape Sounion, and Schinias. Popular with the local Athenians are the beaches of Kalivia and Lagonisi. Voula beach boasts sport centres and cafeterias for the tourists, whereas Kavouri beach has more of a tranquil vibe.
Should you be in search of nudist beaches, travel 64 kilometres southeast of Athens to Attica's southernmost section of coastline - Legrena.
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Prices last checked at 4:18 AM January 20, 2021