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Destination guide

Experience Venice in holiday homes to rent

Traveling to Athens and visiting its ancient epicentre is truly like a journey back in time. With the silhouette of the Acropolis overlooking the city from nearly all angles, you'll find yourself regularly glancing up in awe at this iconic symbol of democracy. Walk among the gods, thanks to preserved temples that line the streets and pop up unsuspectingly, and have a glug of ouzo where the world's greatest philosophers once pontificated. Check out Athens vacation rentals available in the traditional Plaka neighbourhood or browse more modern options along the beach. You're sure to fall in love with this historic, capital city.

History

Historic sites near holiday homes in Athens

Athens has an array of offbeat historic sites to explore beyond the archaeological sites. Holiday homes are available near places like Panaghia Kapnikarea, a historic church with Byzantine architecture, and Daphni Monastery, a historic monastery with an array of gold mosaics. You’ll also like the Numismatic Museum of Athens, a museum with a huge collection of coins and medals from antiquity through the modern era.

Things to do

Attractions near holiday homes in Athens

Whether you're taking in the views from below or hiking up to the top, paying homage to the Parthenon is a must while in Athens. It's safe to say you haven't truly explored the city if you haven't tipped your cap to this iconic monument, and a tour of the Acropolis Museum complements any visit perfectly. Other ruins near the "High City" include the Temple of Zeus and the Ancient Agora. Expand your Athens vacation rentals search to include the nearby neighbourhoods of Plaka, Koukaki and Syntagma for central spots with easy access to the city's history.

Activities

Things to do near holiday homes in Venice

While the historic sites are sure to top your Athens holiday bucket list, there's much more to see. The modern side of Greece's capital city is well worth your time, whether you're bar-hopping with the locals, strolling the bohemian galleries of Exarchia or eating mezze in Koukaki. Opt for a walking tour of the city to get the lay of the land or take a bus tour to explore some of the outskirts, including the beach towns along the self-proclaimed Athenian Riviera. For a throwback to ancient times, practise your haggling skills in the Monastiraki flea markets.

Weather

Climate during your stay in holiday homes in Athens

Thanks to its southern European location, Athens boasts long, warm summers, with bright days made for outdoor dining. June through August are known to be hot and crowded, while the shoulder months of late spring and early autumn are ideal for visiting. Pore over Athens vacation rentals anytime between May and November, and you'll find plenty of sun-filled days made for exploring this historic, pulsing city. Winter is ideal for smaller crowds and lower prices, but layers and some light rain gear are a must for your packing list.

Natural highlights

The ultimate welcome to Greece's mainland

Situated on the Grecian peninsula of Attica, Athens serves as a true gateway to the mainland. Looking south from the city, you'll see the Aegean Sea, with the stunning hills of Cape Sounio serving as an ideal day trip from the city. Expect sandy beaches and pebbled coastlines along the way, plus tiny villages and welcoming locals. Thanks to easy ferry access from Athens' Piraeus port, the city also offers an urban escape to the Peloponnese, where you can cycle through the olive groves or lounge on the beach, all within 2 hours of the city.

How to get there

Transport to and around Athens

Fly into Athens (ATH-Eleftherios Venizelos), the closest airport, located 12.4 mi (19.9 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Athens Thiseio Station, Athens Central Station and Tavros Rouf Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Athens by jumping on the metro at Monastiraki Station, Thissio Station or Panepistimio Station.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near holiday rentals in Athens

Couples will love the experiences in Athens. Holiday homes are available near places like Technopolis, a performing arts venue and history museum with concerts, exhibitions and a gas museum, and Old Parliament House, a museum in the former parliament building with weapons, costumes and paintings. You’ll also like the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, a landmark circular monument in a small square near shops and walkways.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Athens?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,146 holiday rentals around Athens. From 2,375 Condos/Apartments to 144 Villas, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Athens is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Athens?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Athens:

  • Athens City Centre: 2,116 holiday homes
  • Plaka: 701 holiday homes
  • Ampelokipoi: 165 holiday homes
  • Makrigianni: 979 holiday homes
  • Pangrati: 906 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Athens?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Athens. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Monastiraki Flea Market: 3,314 holiday rentals
  • The Acropolis: 3,321 holiday rentals
  • ATHINE (Station): 3,300 holiday rentals
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus: 3,333 holiday rentals
  • Athens Concert Hall: 3,321 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Athens listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Athens?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 2,375 Condos/Apartments in Athens. Our other popular types of Athens holiday rentals include:

  • Villas: 144 holiday houses
  • Houses: 481 holiday houses
  • Studios: 2,440 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Athens?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 154 holiday homes with pool available in Athens. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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