Athens is the capital city of Greece. It is located on the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The city is very famous for its history and a number of huge historic buildings. Athens is also considered to be the home of early Western civilization. The city's most famous attractions include i.a. the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. The nightlife of Athens is considered to be brisk and wild also by European standards and regardless of the day of the week.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Athens is changeable throughout the year. There is much to enjoy and many attractions in each season. The most rainy days are in December and January, but this isn't problem because it's a maximum of 6 days rain per month.
From March to May and from October to November is an excellent time to visit. There's smaller crowds and cheaper rooms than you'll find in the summer. But if you want to enjoy summer and beach attractions then definitely go from June to September. Also, you'll get to enjoy a large number of festivals that occur during the summertime.
More information: Athens forecast and weather conditions monthly
Athens 8 most important sights:
- National Garden: Provides a green oasis for sunny afternoon trips.
- New Acropolis Museum: Has the largest collection of Greek architecture and ancient sculptures, including statues of the goddess Athena and Kritios Boy..
- Mount Lycabettus: For romantic evenings, gorgeous sunsets and an amazing panoramic view of Athens, Mount Lycabettus is an incredible adventure.
- National Archaeological Museum: There is no better place to visit in Greece than the National Archaeological Museum.
- Syntagma Square: The central square of Athens, named after the Constitution the first King of Greece, Otto, was obliged to grant after a military uprising on September 3, 1843.
- Temple of Olympian Zeus: The Temple of Olympian Zeus is known as the largest temple in Greece.
- Erechtheum: The Erechtheus or Erechtheion is a temple made from Pentelic marble.
- Ancient Agora: Located northwest of the Acropolis, the ancient Agora of Athens was once a marketplace and civic center.
Recommendation for one day:
- First to the Acropolis (Akropolis), the most famous site in all of Athens, this large hill lies in the center of the city and contains a cluster of ancient ruins.
- Then on to the Parthenon, the majestic ruins of an ancient Greek building, known for its dignified white marble columns and perfect sense of proportion.
- Take a walk to Plaka, a historic neighborhood located at the base of the hill topped by the Acropolis.
- Nearby you'll find the Odeum of Herodes Atticus (Odeion / Irodion), a second-century theater built into the hillside.
- Finish off the evening with the Athens Ghost Crawl, 5 Bars in one! Award-winning cocktails, premiere rum raki & tequila and select local wines! Enjoy a night full of ghost stories as they unearth the best hidden bars of Athens!.
Compared to prices worldwide, Athens is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $51.69, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $169.38, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $45.74
- Hotel (3 stars): $65.90
- Hotel (4 stars): $91.48
- Hotel (5 stars): $157.76
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $7.95
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $12.04
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.42
- Meal, McDonalds: $6.63
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.04
Athens has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 51.5 (a little better than United states average 49.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 78.6 (better than United states average 70.2)
- Walking alone at night: 46.7 (better than United states average 41.1)
More information: Athens safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.