Does planning your next getaway have you saying “It’s all Greek to me”? Take that as a hint and head to Athens! With a name like “The Cradle of Civilisation”, this city has a lot to live up to—and it does. Book an Athens holiday package and see what the land of feta, philosophy and Tommy Lee has to offer.
Of course you’ll visit the Acropolis on your Athens holiday, but if you partied a little too hard last night and just can’t make the trek yet, you can at least see it from the Plaka. The city’s oldest neighbourhood is filled with cobblestone streets and cafes where you can relax with a freddo cappuccino (or an ouzo, an anise-flavoured aperitif—we won’t judge). As the sun sets behind the Acropolis, find a rooftop with a view and you just might catch a far-away movie projected on an outdoor screen. It doesn’t get much better than that.
When you do head up the hill, you’ll find the most well-known destination for Greece holidays —and one of the most famous in the world. Walk around the imposing Parthenon and other buildings on the site and hear the stories of Greek gods and goddesses. The Erechtheion, for example, is where Athena and Poseidon fought to determine who would become the city’s patron. Obviously, Athena won. (Girl power.)
On Athens holidays, shopping is all about the neighbourhoods. In Kolonaki, “The SoHo of Athens”, you’ll find designer boutiques, art galleries and posh cafes filled mostly with locals. Monastiraki is the popular flea market district, where you can score knick-knacks and trinkets galore, plus pick up a great gift for mom: worry beads! She’ll wish she had them when you were in secondary school.
At Athens Central Market, fuel up with kasseropita (cheese pie) and semolina cake, and take home fresh baklava for the coworkers—everyone knows the best office souvenir is food! Adventurous eaters shouldn’t fear the 24-hour stalls. That ornery-looking old chef probably makes the best patsas soup around. Prefer your food well-lit and free of organ meat? You’re looking for Piraeus, the port district, which has a concert hall, amusement park and the freshest seafood around. Look into Athens car hire options on lastminute.com.au to really take yourself on a food tour.
When it comes time to party, ditch the personal wheels and hop in a cab to Psirri, just south of downtown. If your first thought is “I’m in the wrong place”, well, you’re in the right place. This industrial neighbourhood is home to surprising nightlife, from live bands to slick techno clubs. Holidays to Athens are sure to get you “pie” (drunk)—just get dropped off at Iroon Square and see where the night takes you.
If you’ve lost your eggs and baskets (read: you have no idea what’s going on), stop swatting flies (doing nothing). Check out Athens holiday packages on lastminute.com.au and choose your best match from our hotels and airfares. You’ll turn that frown upside down before you can say “Opa!”
Being the nation's awesome capital, you're positively spoiled when it comes to finding the perfect place to stay. lastminute.com.au lists more than 323 of the best-rated accommodations around, making choosing your Athens hotel easy.
If you'd rather spend cash on experiences than on a hotel, the Periscope Hotel and the Hermes Hotel are two places you should check out. But if luxury is something you can't say no to, the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens or the King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens will do the trick.
While you're staying in Athens, you'll obviously want to check out the Parthenon. Want to stay within a short stroll and soak up this world‐famous attraction at your own pace? The AVA Hotel & Suites is about 0.7 kilometres away and the Electra Palace Athens is 0.9 kilometres away.
Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2019
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.