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Located in southeast Greece, is one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens! After the 2004 Olympics, the city underwent extensive improvements to make it more attractive and practical. As a result, Athens flourished and became an appealing tourist destination, perfect for those hoping to immerse themselves in Greek history and culture.
With a variety of attractions, Athens is the perfect city break destination. Greek mythology, drama, and philosophy can be admired by visiting the abundance of ancient ruins and fascinating museums! If you want a break from sightseeing, there are beautiful beaches to explore, local tavernas to relax in, and bustling clubs or trendy bars to see you through the night.
Athens is a great holiday destination for families with older children, they will enjoy the fascinating museums and there’s even a waterpark nearby! Meanwhile, charming sites, beautiful sunsets, and dreamy dining settings create the perfect atmosphere for a couple’s romantic getaway.
Rich in history and culture, this cosmopolitan city has something for everyone!
Night-time entertainment can be found in venues all over the city. For a more casual evening, travellers can unwind in laidback cocktail bars, or enjoy a pint in an Irish Pub. If you want to party the night away there are many bustling clubs which play a variety of music genres and sometimes host live performances!
There are many local run tavernas which serve traditional Greek gastronomy. Here you can savour delicious dishes like Moussaka, Gyros and Souvlaki. If you’re looking for something different, there are also plenty of international restaurants which serve a variety of cuisines.
Athens is great for families with older children as there are plenty of fascinating museums waiting to be explored.! For an adrenaline rush, head to Allou! Fun park, located just outside of central Athens and ride on thrilling rollercoasters.
Athens caters to all types of shoppers. Designer shops and jewellery stores can be found on Kolonaki street, while Ermou Street is home to many Highstreet shops. The central market is worth a visit, as travellers can indulge in an incredible range of Greek produce.
During the leadup to Greek Orthodox Easter, the city hosts the Apokries festival. This two-week period consists of locals and tourists alike feasting on delicious food and participating in the celebrations. The vibrant street parties bring the city to life and the street theatre keeps everyone entertained.
If you’re looking to catch a tan during your Athens holiday, April to October are great times to go. These months see the sunniest weather with high temperatures reaching the 30s. For a more comfortable sightseeing climate, go in March, April, May, or September when the city is cooler.
Euro is used in Athens.
Athens is only two hours ahead.
Getting to Athens is a comfortable experience with the regular flights departing from Dublin only approximately 4.5 hours in duration. Central Athens is just 20 miles from the airport and easy to get to whether you hire a car or use one of the many reliable public transport options.