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Interesting information about Athens

Photo of Athens   Athens
Avg temperature for this monthAthens19.8 °CSource: World Weather Online
Average monthly rainfall inAthens28.7 mmSource: World Weather Online
Average flight duration toAthens3 hrs 40 mins
Currency exchange rate inAthens€1.00 = £0.83Source: Oanda
Which airlines fly toAthensAlitalia, Cyprus Airways and British Airways
Deals available on flights toAthens756
Advertisers with deals toAthensKLM, Ryanair and easyJet
Number of partners with deals toAthens9
Lowest flight deal toAthens£139
Avg flight offer toAthens£292

One of the world’s oldest cities, Athens is reputedly the birthplace of democracy, philosophy and perhaps even the sun tan.

History lovers should book cheap flights to Athens as soon as they can and soak up the origins of western civilisation. As one of the world’s premier centres of archaeological research, there are so many world-famous sights that you’re spoilt for choice. The Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Hephaestus and the Agora marketplace are all thousands of years old and open to visits.

Walk around the historic neighbourhoods of Plaka, Psyri and Thiseio to see how Athens has morphed over the centuries with every mansion, ruin, taverna, street stall and temple surrounded by locals - photo opportunities that also make you appreciate everyday life here. The locals are famous for their friendly and relaxed attitudes, and you can find many soaking up the rays along the huge beaches of Paraliaki by the Aegean Sea. Come at the end of March for Independence Day when they enjoy street parades, both traditional and modern.

The mix of history and beauty is everywhere in Athens. Take a walk around the National Garden of Athens or visit the renovated Hammam Baths. Flights to Athens are worth it just to head down to the peninsula of Sounio to watch the sun go down on an ancient fortress containing temples to Athena and Poseidon – a stunning and popular sight. Afterwards, sample some of the Athens nightlife, perhaps the bars in Psyri, dance clubs in Gazi or rock and jazz dens in Plaka.

Go to the Athens travel guide

 How much do things cost in Athens?

  • Small bottle of water (0.33 litre): £0.41
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre): £1.04
  • Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre): £1.02
  • Cheap meal: £9.91
  • Imported beer (0.33 litre): £3.30
  • Loaf of white bread: £0.64
  • 1 mile taxi journey: £0.93
  • Local draught beer (0.5 litre): £3.30
  • Cappuccino: £2.70
  • Large bottle of water: £0.77
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