Travel Guide: The real land-before-time, Athens, Greece

Welcome to Travel Month! We hope you’ve got booked some time off work because we’re dedicating some time every day to giving you everything you need to know about visiting some primary holiday spots, all over the world. Today we’re travelling through 4,000 years of history, both good and bad, in Athens, Greece.

Over the last 4,000 years, Athens has bore witness to some of the most progressive and pivotal discoveries made in human history. These toga-wearing, beard-havers we call the Ancient Greeks really put humanity on the right course. Since then, we’ve done a decent job in preserving the remnants of a much more unified world, if you can believe that.

Here is our travel guide to Athens, Greece. (Let’s not talk about the current state of affairs right now).

Getting there


Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that you were visiting Athens with a group of people in mid-July. A flight from London, according to SkyScanner, will cost you about £120 for a single flight if you were flying from Gatwick. Expect to be paying upwards of £250 for a return!

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Accommodation


As always, you have the choice between hotels, hostels and Air BnB. Because hotels range in prices so dramatically and this is a capital city, we’re going to stick to the latter two.

Hostelworld shows that there are dorms all over the historic city with rooms available for the middle of July. The going price seems to fall between £15-£25 a night, per person.

Looking at Air BnB for rooms for a similar sized group of three, there are plenty of properties in the middle of the city for as low as £38 a night for the group. The average price is £58.

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Things to do


Here are our top three recommendations for things to do in Athens:

  • Acropolis of Athens: Kind of the biggest deal when it comes to ancient citadels. Second only to the Parthenon, the Acropolis is worth visiting if only to recreate the coming of age scene in Disney’s Hercules.
  • Monastiraki: One of the principle shopping districts in Athens, go here if you want a proper, authentic flea market experience.
  • Plaka: Fancy a late-afternoon ramble? This is an old historical neighbourhood that features some jaunty alleys and neoclassical architecture.


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