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Where to stay in Athens

If you’re considering a trip to Athens, you’ve come to the right place. There are 5,728 holiday rentals available all over Athens, and we’re confident you’ll find a place that falls within your needs and your budget. Affordable vacation homes in Athens start at a nightly rate of $9, with 20% of properties priced under $40 per night. Whether you’re on the hunt for a spacious home near Byzantine And Christian Museum, a hotel room close to Hadrian's Arch, or a place that also gives you close access to Athens — our mission is to help you find exactly what you need. VacationRenter offers a wide selection of properties from leading travel companies like Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking.com, and many more. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a solo travel expedition, going on a Greek honeymoon to Athens, or planning a trip for a group of 4, we can match you with rental accommodations that sleep everyone comfortably. Time to make that Greece vacation you’ve been dreaming about a reality.

Where Is Athens, Greece?

Dominating the Attica region of Greece, stands the world’s oldest city. With a rich history spanning millennia, Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Sprawling across the central plain of Attica forms the area otherwise known as Attica Basin. The basin is bounded by four large mountains of Mount Aigaleo, Mount Parnitha, Mount Pentelicus, and Mount Hymettus. The Thrisiasian plain lies beyond Mount Aigaleo and the Saronic Gulf lies to the southwest. With Athens built around numerous hills, you are guaranteed to be greeted with magnificent scenery and panoramic views.

What Is Athens, Greece Known For?

The birthplace of inspiring philosophy, sublime beauty, politically necessary democracy, and high drama, touring around Athens is like exploring an open-air museum. A metropolis that marries world class cultural heritage and an urban contemporary vibe, Athens is truly the best of both worlds. The city is named in honour of Athena – the Greek goddess of wisdom and inspiration. An ancient city of paradoxes, Athens brings the nostalgic spirit of past eras into the 21st century to make it as fascinating and compelling in present day as they originally were. With over 3,500 years in the making, Athens has also evolved into a global city with one of the biggest economies In Southeastern Europe. Whether you want to marvel at the iconic Acropolis, taste delicious Mediterranean gastronomic delights, or simply soak in the beauty, history, and culture, you will be able to find it all here in Athens.

Where to Go in Athens, Greece

  • Acropolis of Athens: An ancient citadel resting on the Athens skyline, the Acropolis is one of the most iconic and recognizable structures in Athens. Ravages spanning throughout years of foreign occupation, loots by foreign archaeologists, failed renovations, millions of visitors throughout the years, earthquakes, fires, pollution and much more have taken its toll on the integrity and appearance of the Acropolis. However, its sheer tenacity as a structure has allowed the Acropolis to stand strong throughout the millennia to present day. Standing proud like a protective goddess over Athens and visible from almost everywhere in the city, the white Pentelic marble of the Acropolis brilliantly glows, regardless of the time of day.
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus: Pillaged and plundered are only some examples of the terrible misfortune that the Temple of Olympian Zeus suffered from. However, in true testament to its name and its purpose, the Temple has stood strong and proud to present day. Built in honor of the King of the Olympian Gods, Zeus, the temple’s construction started in 6th century BC and wasn’t completed until 2nd century AD. Originally housing 104 colossal columns, one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world and touted as the largest temple in Greece, the integrity of the temple slowly depleted throughout the millennia. Currently, the temple houses 16 of the original columns but still maintains its original grand magnificence. Take a step back into the past and soak in the beauty and majesty of one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.
  • National Archaeological Museum: If you happen to be a budding archaeologist, then you will absolutely love the National Archaeological Museum. Housing some of the most important historical artifacts, collected from a variety of Aegean locations and spanning from prehistory to late antiquity, the National Archaeological Museum is considered one of the greatest museums in the world, reputed to contain the richest collection of Greek artifacts worldwide. Whether you pop in to hear a lecture, visit an exhibition, or tour around the 118-year old library, the National Archaeological Museum will doubtlessly ensure that you will learn something new.

Popular Destinations Near Athens

  • Piraeus: A port city in the region of Attica and located 12 kilometers away from the city center, Piraeus combines the very best of what Athens has to offer with its own quaint charm and stunning waterfront vistas. An integral part of Athens, Piraeus holds on to its heritage, also being home to the country’s largest harbor, which operates as an expansive marine and commercial industrial center. The fourth largest municipality in Greece, Piraeus is large and bustling with plenty to do. Whether you want to relax by the marina, dine at the many varied restaurants, or simply soak in its quaint Aegean charm, Piraeus offers all of that and much more.
  • Spata: Located east of Athens, this charmingly quaint and elegant town provides a quiet refuge away from the liveliness of the city. Mostly comprised of residential neighborhoods, Spata retains a down to earth and rural spirit, home to acres of farmlands, vineyards, and olive groves. Despite the viticulture industry dwindling in recent times due to the modernization of wineries, Spata is an incredible place to sample local and homegrown produce. Home to Athens International Airport and Attica Zoo, Spata caters well towards welcoming tourists, encouraging them to feel like genuine Athenians as soon as they get off the plane.

Best Neighborhoods in Athens

  • Plaka: Sitting below the eastern slopes of the Acropolis Hill, within the beating heart of Old Athens, Plaka combines the genuine Athenian spirit of the city, with a welcoming charm that appeals to foreign tourists. Packed with souvenir shops and taverns, you can also walk within the labyrinthine maze of narrow cobbled streets and vibrantly colored houses. Walk the streets at leisure, marvel at the gorgeous sights framed by the slopes of the Acropolis, and start snapping pictures for the family album.
  • Kolonaki: Want a taste of the luxurious high life when in Athens? In this case, the only place to go is Kolonaki. The district where affluent Athenians live and dine, Kolonaki is aplenty with major global designer boutiques and exclusive Greek designers. For a taste of culture in between your shopping trip, Kolonaki also houses several art galleries.

Home-types in Athens

Athens has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Athens:

Points of interests in Athens

Athens has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Athens: