Destination guide

Modern fun in Ancient Athens

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.

Things to do

A city steeped in history, literally from top to bottom

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.


Market haggling, mezze eating and beach hopping

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.


Sunny days are (mostly) here to stay 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.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Athens?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,367 holiday rentals around Athens. From 2,529 flats & apartments to 513 holiday houses, 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: 2,303 holiday homes
  • Pangrati: 998 holiday homes
  • Mets: 795 holiday homes
  • Kinosargous: 843 holiday homes
  • Plaka: 799 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:

  • Church of Agios Dimitrios Loumbardiaris: 3,553 holiday rentals
  • The Acropolis: 3,556 holiday rentals
  • ATHINE (Station): 3,548 holiday rentals
  • Monastiraki Flea Market: 3,550 holiday rentals
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus: 3,561 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 2,529 Condos/Apartments in Athens. Our other popular types of Athens holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 513 holiday houses
  • Studios: 2,620 holiday houses
  • Villas: 145 holiday houses

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Athens?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 162 holiday homes with pool available in Athens. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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