Athens is a fascinating option for anyone who wants to enjoy a short city break overseas, with the Greek capital featuring a impressive blend of the old and new.

The old comes from the many ancient landmarks that are spread across the city, with the new coming in the shape of the bars and restaurants that have combined to create a buzzing night-time scene with something to cater for all tastes.

Aside from the actual attractions, one big selling point of a city break in Athens is that the weather tends to be quite warm across the year.

In the summer months in particular, you can expect to see the temperatures run well into the 30s with winter temperatures in the mid-to-late teens.

Once you’ve got to the end of your four-hour flight, you’ll not be short of things to do during your time in Athens with a huge range of attractions within the city.

No trip to the capital would be complete without a trip to the world famous Acropolis, which is the most well known of the various ancient sites that Athens has to offer.

There are also various museums that provide an insight into Greek life throughout the ages and offer the chance to marvel at impressive artifacts that date back thousands of years.

As well as embracing Greek history and culture, a trip to Athens offers the chance to sample top class cuisine or to catch a traditional show – with your time in the city sure to jam packed full of action.

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Things to do in Athens

Acropolis

The Acropolis is one of the most visited attractions in Greece, never mind just within Athens, and dates back to ancient times. Towering over the city below, the acropolis is home to a number of buildings that are of huge historical importance, with the huge marble structures that still exist being a reminder of the lavish city that once stood in the same place. A museum houses a range of treasures from the Acropolis.

Parthenon

One of the major draws in the Acropolis the Parthenon is an ancient temple that was dedicated to the goddess Athena and dates back to 432BC when construction was completed. Seen as a symbol of Ancient Greece, the Parthenon has undergone extensive restoration work in an effort to combat erosion and ensure it continues to stand for many more years to come.

Plaka

If you want to embrace the culture of Athens then a visit to the district of Plaka is a must. Here, there are plenty of bars and restaurants where you can make the most of Greek hospitality, whilst a range of boutique stores provide the chance to seek out souvenirs to take back home.

Hephaestus

The Temple of Hephaestus is a well-preserved temple dating back to ancient times that is located on the Agoraios Kolonos hill. Until the 1830s, it was still used as a Greek Orthodox church and is one of the most best examples of architecture from its era.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

The stone theatre sits on the slopes of the Acropolis and was renovated in the 1950s having been destroyed in around 270AD. The outdoor theatre now hosts a range of events throughout the year, with the likes of Sting, Elton John and Andrea Bocelli having held concerts in the theatre in recent years.

Temple of Poseidon

Located within easy access of Athens, the Temple of Poseidon sits in a picturesque location on the tip of the Attiki Peninsula looking out across the ocean. It’s a fantastic place to go if you want to catch a stunning sunset, whilst the small beach is great for a refreshing dip before heading back to the city.

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