Athens, Greece

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Athens, Greece

Athens vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.