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Popular amenities for Athens vacation rentals

Stay near Athens's top sights

Acropolis of Athens1,856 locals recommend
Parthenon421 locals recommend
Plaka1,300 locals recommend
Acropolis Museum2,190 locals recommend
Panathenaic Stadium870 locals recommend
Lycabettus Hill265 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Athens

  • Total rentals

    16K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    748K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    5.4K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    2.6K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    150 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    8K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Athens

All About Athens

The birthplace of Western democracy and the home of some of the most influential ancient philosophers of all time, Greece’s largest city has led the way in science, the arts, and knowledge for millennia. The Greek capitol, surrounded by mountains on the mainland’s southern peninsula jutting into the Aegean Sea, has a rich mythological, literary, and dramatic history. You can relive history at sites like the Acropolis, where Greek gods competed for the right to name the city, or the Agora, which once held religious temples and was used as a meeting place to discuss democratic matters. For one of the richest collections of artifacts and antique treasures discovered across Greece — including prehistoric pieces from the Neolithic Period and the Bronze Age as well as sculptures and statues from the Classic Period — you’ll want to check out the National Archaeological Museum.

Street art and buildings dripping with bougainvillea line the area of Plaka, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited neighborhoods at the foot of Acropolis Hill — where you’ll also find restaurants serving up local fare like moussaka, souvlaki, and spanakopita. The neighborhood of Monastiraki, one of the busiest areas of the city, is home to a picturesque main square, rooftop bars, and an extensive market where you can buy handmade goods, antiques, and jewelry.

The green, sprawling National Gardens have entrances all over the city as they comprise nearly 60 acres of manicured grounds and crisscrossing pathways, and for art lovers, the National Museum of Contemporary Art showcases modern works created by Greek and international artists.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Athens

Athens has relatively mild weather compared to other major European cities, so there is no bad time to secure your vacation apartments in Athens. But during the summer, the days are very hot and sunny. You’ll want to get as early a start as possible to avoid being outdoors during the hottest time of the day. During this time you can also catch parts of the Epidaurus Festival, which runs all summer and celebrates Greek music, theater, and dance. This is also a popular time to visit the Greek Isles — although if you’re looking for a quieter experience, you may want to island-hop in spring or fall when you can still enjoy warm weather with fewer people around.

Winter brings much cooler temperatures, though it never gets below freezing, and there is a higher possibility of rain. The season also brings fewer visitors to Athens, giving you the chance to explore the city in a relatively quieter atmosphere.

Top things to do in Athens

The Acropolis

The towering columns of the Acropolis and the cracked steps leading up to them are synonymous with Athens. Many of the structures in the complex date back to the fifth century B.C., including the Parthenon and the Erechtheum. Originally dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the ancient citadel symbolizes democracy and the beginning of Western civilization.

The National Archaeological Museum

As the largest archaeological museum in the country, this sprawling building is home to many of the greatest treasures of Ancient Greece. Here you’ll find antiquities dating back to the sixth century B.C. and pieces of Ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art, including sculptures, drawings, and pottery. The museum cafe has a leafy garden patio that hosts works of art, musical performances, and other events.

Lykavittos Hill

Standing 909 feet tall, Lykavittos Hill is the highest point in Athens and offers sweeping vistas of the city. It’s a photo-worthy spot to get a good view of the Acropolis, and it is particularly stunning at sunset when you can see the sky explode into a sea of colors before the lights of the city’s ancient buildings begin to pop against the dark sky.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Athens?

    Athens has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Average summer temperatures reach 91°F (33°C), while winter temperatures hover around 57°F (14°C). Winter can bring a bit of rainfall, so pack accordingly. Even in the colder months, Athens is often bathed in brilliant sunlight that makes it a joy to explore.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Athens?

    In Athens, you can delve into ancient history at the Acropolis, wander through the quirky streets of Plaka, or explore the bustling central market of Monastiraki. For art lovers, the National Museum of Contemporary Art is a treat, while nature enthusiasts will enjoy the National Gardens.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Athens?

    Spring and fall are the most popular times to visit Athens, when the weather is warm but not as hot as in the summer. During March, Athens hosts the Athens Half Marathon, a popular event. In September, the city comes alive with the Aeschylia Festival, which celebrates contemporary art and culture.

  • What are the best places to stay in Athens?

    Monastiraki is a popular area with shopping and dining opportunities. Kolonaki is a fashionable district known for its high-end boutiques and galleries. Plaka is a historic neighborhood with an enchanting atmosphere, while the Psirri district is known for its lively nightlife.

  • What are the best places to visit in Athens?

    In Athens, the Parthenon, the ancient temple at the heart of the Acropolis, is a frequented site. The Ancient Agora of Athens and the National Archaeological Museum are also popular. For a breath of fresh air, head to Mount Lycabettus or the National Gardens.

  • What are some hiking trails in Athens?

    For those seeking natural beauty, the hike up to Mount Lycabettus offers panoramic views of Athens. The Filopappou Hill trail, which leads to an ancient monument, and the trail through the National Gardens are also popular among hiking enthusiasts.

  • What are some family activities to do in Athens?

    Families in Athens can visit the Hellenic Children's Museum, explore the National Gardens, or head to Allou! Fun Park for a day of amusement rides. The Attica Zoological Park, home to a wide variety of wildlife, is another family-friendly destination.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Athens?

    From Athens, you can embark on a day trip to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, or explore the ancient city of Corinth. Another option is a visit to the idyllic island of Hydra, just a short ferry ride away.

  • Are there family-friendly aparthotel rentals in Athens?

    Athens has more than 20 family-friendly aparthotel rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Are there pet-friendly aparthotel rentals in Athens?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Athens. Choose from more than 10 aparthotel rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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