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History and culture near Athens holiday lettings

There's no question about it – Athens really is the stuff of bucket lists. As you wander the bougainvillea-lined streets of Plaka, you only need look up to find the mighty Parthenon soaring overhead. A symbol of democracy and civilisation, it's steeped in stories of ancient wars and statecraft. World-class museums back it all up, while Athens holiday rentals close to the Acropolis offer morning views guaranteed to make you gasp. Then come districts like rough-and-tumble Exarchia and swish Vouliagmeni down the coast – a jolt back into the modern world with their montage of political graffiti, jazz bars, seaside villas and in-vogue bistros.


Historic sites near Athens holiday homes

Athens boasts plenty of intriguing historic sites to explore during your trip. Holiday rentals are available near places like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, a ruined temple from the sixth century with an ancient outdoor sanctuary dedicated to Zeus, and the Ancient Agora of Athens, a famous landmark with the ruins of an ancient Greek gathering place and museum with artefacts. You'll also like the National Archaeological Museum, a neoclassical museum of ancient Greek art and archaeology with sculptures, jewellery and metal work.

Things to do

Attractions near Athens holiday homes

Think Athens and you think of ancient monuments and temples. And while the city of today has grown out from its millennia-old heart, there's still loads of places to go to walk in the footsteps of Plato and Pericles. The Parthenon is the obvious choice. Perched on a huge bluff in the city centre, you can tour its shrines to the goddess Athena and see where the democracy of the ancient city was born. Down below, the acclaimed Acropolis Museum is a must. It's got excavated remains of the forum, stele depicting battles between gods and giants and oodles more.


Things to do near Athens holiday homes

Despite all its agoras and temples and museums, Athens certainly is no museum piece. You should only need to hit the thumping blocks of bohemian Exarchia – beatnik dives and smoky beer halls abound there – to see that it's also the pulsating focal point of modern Greece. Hipster-heavy Psyri and Koukaki are neighbourhoods laden with fair-trade coffee shops and artsy galleries, while the much-vaunted Athenian Riviera means urban beaches and watersports in the summer months. The Plaka, meanwhile, is the place to go for guided walking tours and a taste of traditional moussaka.


Climate for your stay in Athens holiday lettings

If you're not planning on heading out to the sun-drenched Greek islands or sunning yourself on the happening bays of the Athenian Riviera, it might be worth considering booking your Athens holiday rentals for the winter months between November and March. All the historical attractions are open then and the weather's rarely awful. That said, summer remains the most popular time. Between June and August, crowds flock to see the temples and dine on sizzling saganaki in the al fresco tavernas here. Spring and autumn – in April, May, September and October – are also warm and perhaps even better for sightseeing.

Natural features

Leaving the monuments of Athens behind

It might be hard to believe but a stay in the electrifying capital of Greece doesn't have to mean hitting the big city. Just check out all the stylish Athens holiday rentals in Vouliagmeni or around Cape Sounio. That's the so-called Athenian Riviera, where the metropolis gives way to high limestone mountains and bays of blue-green sea. Alternatively, make for the port of Piraeus, where a 1-hour boat trip links to islands like Aegina and Poros, putting pine-fringed coves and olive farms right on the doorstep.

How to get there

Transport to and around Athens

Fly into Athens (ATH-Eleftherios Venizelos), the closest airport, located 12.4 mi (19.9 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Athens Thiseio Station, Athens Central Station and Tavros Rouf Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Athens by jumping on the metro at Monastiraki Station, Thissio Station or Panepistimio Station.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Athens

Romantic holiday homes in Athens are close to idyllic locations and exciting couple’s activities. Mount Lycabettus, a landmark peak with cable cars, an open-air concert venue and panoramic views, and the Theatre of Dionysus, an ancient tiered performance arena from the sixth century. You could also visit the National Garden, a historic park with native and exotic plants and archaeological ruins from ancient times.

How many holiday rentals are available around Athens?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,394 holiday lettings around Athens. From 145 villas to 2,547 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Athens?

If you're into the thought of springing out of bed and discovering shops, restaurants and attractions in a matter of minutes, then you've got to book a place in the main central area. HomeAway has 917 centrally located rental homes available. On the hunt for something a little different? See if any of our other properties float your boat. Our range here includes:

  • 353 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 191 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 175 beach holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Athens?

If you want the space to spread your things out, relax and maybe even do a bit of home cooking, you're going to love living it up in your very own apartment. You can choose from 2,959 different options with the help of HomeAway. How does £15 a night sound? That's what you're looking at paying if you don't leave it too long! If that doesn't match your group's taste, we've got a range of other self-catering accommodation options available, such as:

  • House: 510 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £17 per night.
  • Hotel: 279 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £21 per night.
  • Villa: 173 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £43 per night.

Can I stay in Athens in a large group?

It can be difficult finding the time to spend with your relatives and friends. A group trip is the perfect way to reunite and unwind. If you were planning to kick back together, HomeAway has options to suit. Why not have a squiz at the 434 apartment holiday rentals available here? They're the top choice for large groups of visitors. Properties for rent around here that can cater for large groups include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we have 1,134 properties to rent perfect for that size. Stay a night for as little as £21.
  • If you have 5 in your crew, you'll be delighted to learn that there are 932 rental accommodation that are suitable. You can book one for as little as £22 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with 8 guests? We have 484 properties for rent that fit the bill. Prices start from £26 a night.

You and the squad will be well looked after when you plan your Athens holiday through us!

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