Destination guide

Ancient Athens beckons

The ancient heart of Athens still reigns as one of the most breathtaking city cores on the globe. The outline of the majestic Acropolis, a veritable symbol of democracy, stands tall on its age-chipped bluff. Temples to Olympian Zeus shoulder above the boulevards, and tavernas clink tzatziki plates where Sophocles, Plato, and Aristotle once stood. Whether you opt for Athens vacation rentals in the traditional Greek Plaka, or a swish joint above the beaches of chichi Vouliagmeni, this one's sure to be a capital to remember.

Things to do

Scaling the hill in Athens

No trip to Athens could possibly be complete without at least a glimpse of the mighty Parthenon on the hill. This has been the epicenter of the city since ancient times, and it's now one of the most iconic monuments on Earth. An enthralling Acropolis Museum now hides at the foot of the great mound, offering the perfect grounding before you scale the pine-studded heights yourself. Once you do get up there, be sure to have the camera at the ready. Athens vacation rentals in Plaka, Koukaki, and Syntagma are all well-placed for exploring it to the full.

Activities

Athens is the beating heart of Greece

Athens isn't just about checking off totemic ancient sites. It's also about feeling the pulse of modern Greece. You can wander the ramshackle bars and bohemian galleries of Exarchia, or go wine tasting and mezze eating in the hip area of Koukaki. You can hop on open-air bus tours to discover the shimmering beaches of the so-called Athenian Riviera, or haggle for wares in the flea markets of Monastiraki. That said, for sightseeing the stylish way, there's nothing quite like a helicopter flyover to survey the Attica mountains, Piraeus port, the Parthenon, and more.

Weather

Long seasons of sun in Athens

Athens enjoys its place on the southern edge of Europe. It enjoys it because its summers are long and warm. The sultry days can last well into October here, while the months of June, July, and August are often scorching hot. The upshot is you can look forward to plenty of Greek sun if you book those Athens vacation rentals anytime between May and November. Coming in winter means fewer crowds and reduced rates, but you'll likely need a coat and an umbrella just in case.

Natural features

Athens is a gateway to Attica

Athens sits right in the heart of the Greek peninsula of Attica. If you head south from the city, you could find yourself looking out at glowing sunsets across the Aegean Sea from the temple-topped, pine-scented hills of Cape Sounio _ it takes around an hour to get there by car but you'll pass pebble beaches and sandy stretches at Vouliagmeni and Varkiza along the way. If you hop on a ferry from Piraeus port, you could be cycling through the olive groves of the Peloponnese, or lazing on the secluded beaches of Poros and Aegina, all in under 2 hours.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Athens

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

If you're traveling by train, Athens Thiseio Station, Athens Central Station and Moschato-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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Athens?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,215 vacation rentals near Athens. From 171 Villas to 2,410 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Athens for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Athens?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Athens:

  • Athens City Centre: 2,088 vacation rentals
  • Plaka: 676 vacation rentals
  • Neos Kosmos: 829 vacation rentals
  • Attiki: 358 vacation rentals
  • Koukaki: 938 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Athens?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Athens. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Athens Central Market: 3,379 vacation rentals
  • The Acropolis: 3,391 vacation rentals
  • Athinais Cultural Center: 3,331 vacation rentals
  • Temple of Athena Nike: 3,385 vacation rentals
  • Parthenon: 3,390 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Athens listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Athens?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 171 Villas in Athens. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Athens include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,410 rentals available
  • Houses: 487 rentals available
  • Cottages: 9 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Athens?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 166 vacation rentals with pool available in Athens. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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