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An ancient city filled to the brim with historic sites, cultural attractions, and world-class food, Athens will win over travelers of all kinds. Find your choice of Athens vacation rentals in the center of the city or in a quiet suburban neighborhood, and immerse yourself in this historic destination.
Athens has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and relatively mild winters. Summer temperatures regularly exceed 90 degrees, while winter temperatures typically top out in the 50s. The winter season can be moderately rainy, with two to three inches of rain per month. Summers tend to be dry and sunny.
Once you've landed at Athens International Airport, getting around town without a vehicle is a breeze. While many sights are walkable from some of the more well-located Athens vacation rentals, others are on the outskirts of town. Fortunately, you can reach most attractions via the city's tram network or subway system. Taxis are also a reliable and affordable mode of transportation in Athens.
Things to do
The moment you arrive in Athens, you'll be captivated by the Acropolis, the elevated area with the city's highest density of monuments, ruins, and temples. For the most memorable Acropolis experience, start your hike to the top during the early morning, especially during hot Athenian summers. At the top, don't miss your chance to visit the Parthenon, the most iconic temple in Greek history.
For another taste of Greek history, tour the ancient agora in the center of the action in Athens. When you visit today, you'll see the site of temples, altars, libraries, and gathering places. Tickets for the agora typically offer admission to the Acropolis as well.
Nearby, be sure to tour the Acropolis Museum, where you'll find some of the most fascinating artifacts recovered from the Acropolis. To see a selection of the best antiquities from around the nation, visit the National Archaeological Museum, considered one of the best museums in the world. For the best Greek art spanning from prehistory to today, stop by the Benaki Museum, which also oversees the neighboring Museum of Islamic Art.
Take a break from the crowds with a visit to the National Garden of Athens. With hundreds of species of plants, peaceful walkways, and even a café, this is the ideal place to relax during the day.
Whether you visit Athens in the spring, summer, or fall, you can partake in the city's numerous seasonal festivals. In the late winter, the Carnival season takes hold of the town, with parades, parties, and great food. Throughout the summer, catch the Athens & Epidavros Festival, which includes several weeks of dramatic theater, dance performances, opera, and live music all within view of the Acropolis. In late September, get tickets for the Athens International Film Festival, which attracts directors, actors, and film buffs from around the globe to view some of the world's best films. And in November, the Athens Marathon takes place. The marathon’s course is based on the route taken by a soldier bearing news of the Greek victory over the Persians in 490 BC.
From timeless attractions to top-notch cultural festivals, Athens delights history buffs and culture enthusiasts alike. Book your choice of Athens vacation rentals, and immerse yourself in this mesmerizing Greek city.