Athens, Greece

At the tip of southern Greece lies Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world and the cradle of Western civilization. Explore this ancient metropolis and modern capital with Hotel Grand Bretagne as your home base.

Located in Syntagma Square, the elegant hotel boasts incredible views of the Parthenon from its rooftop. Guests are just a short walk from the Acropolis and the National Garden. Enjoy multiple on-site restaurants, as well as a heated indoor pool, seasonal rooftop pool, award-winning spa, and more.

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The Birthplace of Western Civilization

Athens, Greece is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a human history dating back to the Neolithic Age. Attracting more than 22 million tourists per year, visitors flock to the capital to see the massive Parthenon, sitting atop the Acropolis; Hadrian’s Arch, the ancient entrance to the city; the ruins of Ancient Agora; the marble Panathenaic Stadium, home to the modern Olympics in 1896; and the world-class museums found throughout the city. Athens’ Mediterranean climate offers a moderate temperature year-round and there are a variety of accommodation options and diverse restaurants ranging from laid-back eateries to Michelin-starred restaurants.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Athens International Airport/Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH)
  • Currency
  • Language
  • Time Zone
    7 hours ahead of NYC
  • Peak Season

Destination Highlights

  • The Acropolis

    Perhaps the most famous hill in the world, the Acropolis is home to approximately 10 structures, including the Parthenon. The area also includes the Acropolis Museum as well as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an amphitheater.

  • Ancient Agora

    Once the city center for politics, religion, and social life, the history of Agora dates back to 6th century B.C. Explore ruins, a museum filled with area artifacts, and the neighborhood of Monastiraki.

  • National Archaeological Museum

    Known as one of the best museums in the world for its collection of ancient Greek art, this museum houses a variety of pieces from the country's long history, including the Mask of Agamemnon.



  • Forecasting your Athens, Greece vacation

    Athens has a Mediterranean climate, which means hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. July and August are the driest months, which is why this is the peak tourist season. The wettest months are October through April. Temperatures range from highs of mid-50s to lows of mid-40s in the winter and highs of over 90 and lows in the 60s in the summer.


Map of Athens

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