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Mythical, modern Athens

A flight to Athens takes you to a city where mythology and history collide. One of the oldest cities in the world, Athens is a place of famous monuments, stunning architecture, clear blue skies and breathtaking views.

In the centre of Athens stands the Acropolis, a symbol of ancient Greece and one of the most recognisable architectural achievements in the world.

city of athens at dusk with an illuminated acropolis in the background

Watch the sunrise over Philopappos Hill and see the stunning views from Mount Lycabettus.

Check out the eclectic markets and cafes of Monastiraki or stroll through the narrow alleys and charming taverns of Plaka, the city’s oldest district.

Athens may be known for its ancient wonders, but it’s also an energetic modern city full of parks, gardens, art galleries, delicious street food and fantastic restaurants.

Book your Athens flights with Etihad Airways today and experience everything that the city has to offer.

What's the weather like in Athens?

What's the weather like in Athens?

Average TemperatureAverage Rainfall

Jan

9°C

4cm

Feb

10°C

5cm

Mar

12°C

4cm

Apr

16°C

3cm

May

20°C

2cm

Jun

24°C

1cm

Jul

28°C

0cm

Aug

29°C

0cm

Sep

26°C

3cm

Oct

22°C

5cm

Nov

17°C

2cm

Dec

12°C

6cm

Book plane tickets to Athens in spring or autumn and you’ll enjoy plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and fewer tourists.

Summer in Athens runs between June and August, with temperatures reaching 35°C. It’s the best time to visit for sunshine-filled days.

Reasons to visit Athens

sun shining through the columns of the parthenon on the acropolis in athens

Travel through history

Athens flights transport you back to the origins of western civilisation.

Visit the Acropolis, a symbol of human achievement and the millennia-old hub of the city. Walk in the footsteps of Socrates at the ancient Agora, pay homage to the gods of old at the Temple of the Olympian Zeus and admire the ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine ruins throughout the city.

Book tickets to the many incredible museums across the city, including the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art and the Acropolis Museum.

mikrolimano marina in Athens

Discover the Athens Riviera

Greece is known for its white sandy beaches and blue waters – and they can be found in Athens itself.

Watch the sunset in a four-poster cabana at Astir Beach, take a dip in the thermal springs at Lake Vouliagmeni, or swim beneath the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio.

Just a short drive from the city, Akti Vouliagmenis is one of Athens’ best public beaches. Swim in the crystal-clear waters and cool off with a delicious iced frappe from one of the snack bars along the water.

seafood on ice at a fish market in athens greece

Soak up the local seafood and culture

Walk through the gorgeous Athens districts of Psirri, Exarcheia and Kerameikos to admire vibrant street art. You can take a walking tour to learn about the artists using the city as their canvas.

When you get hungry, stop in pretty Piraeus for the freshest local seafood, or head to a taverna for an authentic Greek meal of roast lamb with potatoes, spicy feta and green beans splashed with Greek olive oil. In the evening, make your way to one of the city’s many live music spots and sing along to rebetiko songs with the crowd.

Things to know before you fly to Athens

plane Transfers from Athens Airport (ATH)

It’s simple to get from Athens International Airport to the city. Public buses run 24 hours a day and take around an hour to reach the city centre.

Airport taxis take about 25 minutes to get to the city – book one in advance or organise a transfer with Etihad.

accommodation Where to stay in Athens

The best area to stay in Athens is the Plaka neighbourhood. It’s within walking distance to the city’s main landmarks and packed with shops, restaurants and tavernas.

If you’re looking for somewhere quieter, stay in Kolonaki, the centre of Athens’ fashion and fine-dining scenes.

bus Getting around Athens

Public transport is simple and reliable in Athens. The metro is the fastest and easiest way to travel around the city, though there are also suburban railway, bus and tram services. For a green way to see the city, you can rent a bike as well.

meals Local cuisine

In Athens you can enjoy delicious Greek food. Meat, seafood, olives and cheese are all important ingredients, and herbs are used in abundance. Try moussaka, a layered lamb and aubergine dish, or spanakopita, a flaky cheese and spinach pie.

Flying to Athens: FAQs

What attractions should I visit in Athens?

Don’t miss the Acropolis and its museum, the Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, Mount Lycabettus and the Plaka, Monastiraki and Psiri neighbourhoods. For something a little different, visit a flea market or head to an outdoor cinema to watch a film under the night sky.

How do I travel from Athens to Santorini?

Flights to Santorini from Athens are the fastest way to travel between the two destinations, with flight times of around 45 minutes.

Ferries depart from Piraeus port in Athens several times a day and arrive at the Athinios port in Santorini. The trip can take between five and ten hours depending on the service.

How many days should I spend in Athens?

The main ancient sites can be visited in a couple of days, but four or five days will allow you to dig a little deeper and see some of the hidden gems in Athens. This way you’ll be able to go on a few day trips too – visiting spots like Vouliagmeni lake, heated by thermal springs, or temple-filled Delphi.

Why we love Athens

“Athens is more beautiful than you could ever imagine. The city is surrounded by ancient ruins and the view of the city from up on the hill is incredible. The locals are inviting, the food amazing, and the museums offer a window to both modern art and the lost world.”

The best of Athens

As a holiday destination, Athens gets an A. That A is for the Acropolis and Agora, for ancient civilisation and archaeological delights. But don’t imagine that this is a city entirely ruled by and in thrall to its great past. It might be the birthplace of democracy and philosophy, but it also crackles with youth and vitality.

Visitors will discover modern hotels and fashion, and chefs doing amazing things with the country’s wonderful natural produce. You can combine your city break with a beach holiday, or just tour the street art etched on crumbling ruins. Find out what makes Athens tick with Atlas magazine.

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Sydney (SYD) to Athens (ATH)

Departure Tue 10 Mar 2020,
Return Tue 24 Mar 2020
from AUD1150*

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Departure Tue 7 Apr 2020,
Return Sun 19 Apr 2020
from AUD1354*

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Departure Tue 31 Mar 2020,
Return Mon 6 Apr 2020
from AED2223*

Brisbane (BNE) to Athens (ATH)

Departure Mon 6 Apr 2020,
Return Thu 23 Apr 2020
from AUD1364*

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Departure Fri 7 Feb 2020,
Return Fri 21 Feb 2020
from KRW979700*

Mumbai (BOM) to Athens (ATH)

Departure Tue 14 Apr 2020,
Return Thu 23 Apr 2020
from INR51465*
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Weather in Athens

9 °C
Tuesday21 Jan 2020
9 °C
Wednesday22 Jan 2020
14 °C
Thursday23 Jan 2020
9 °C
Friday24 Jan 2020
10 °C
Saturday25 Jan 2020
12 °C
Sunday26 Jan 2020
14 °C
Monday27 Jan 2020
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