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Destination Guide: Athens

Awesome antiquities, buzzing nightlife and clear blue skies
Relax in sunny squares and shop in cool lanes. Grab a tasty souvlaki, visit world-class museums and climb to the ancient ruins of the Acropolis.

Food and Drink

Al fresco ouzo or relaxed, traditional dining. Keep cool with feta salads, savoury mezedes, honey-sweet desserts and Greek wines. Sample succulent grills and stews at simple tavernas in the shady lanes of historic Plaka or splash out on modern Greek fusion dishes in Syntagma's parkside eateries.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Marvel at the breathtaking antiquities of Ancient Greece. Climb the lofty Acropolis to the majestic Parthenon. Learn more at the world-famous National Archaeological and New Acropolis museums. Watch white-skirted guards parade outside Parliament in central Syntagma Square, and enjoy tranquil moments in the lush National Gardens.

Shopping

Browse for edible treats and handmade souvenirs. The fragrant smoke of votive candles fills the tiny shops selling religious icons in the streets around the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Stroll pedestrianised city-centre streets where stalls selling fresh natural honey and olive oil rub shoulders with shops full of hand-painted ceramics and intricate needlework.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Join Athenians enjoying food, wine and Greek music in the cool evening air. Head to cosmopolitan Plaka or locals' choice Monastiraki for packed tavernas with foot-tapping bazouki music, discos, jazz bars and soulful traditional rebetiko music. Spend warm summer nights at open-air discos in beachside Glyfada.