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The population of this area of Attica is around 650,000.
Known throughout the world, Athens is renowned for the Parthenon and Acropolis. You'll also be able to visit Syntagma Square and the Acropolis Museum while you're at it!
Give the kids a break from sightseeing and enjoy an afternoon of quality time at the Museum of Greek Children's Art and Allou Fun Park. The Emotions Museum of Childhood and the Hellenic Children’s Museum are also worth a visit if you're looking for more ways to keep little ones busy.
Housed in exhibits along the trails and pathways of the Attica Zoological Park and the Greek Reptile Centre, a range of animals will keep you occupied for hours on end.
If you're somebody who just loves a game of roulette from time to time, you should consider visiting the Regency Casino Mont Parnes.
Plant lovers will enjoy an informative stroll through the Diomedes Botanic Garden.
Pack a picnic hamper and take it easy for a while in the leafy surroundings of the Athens National Garden and Pedion Areos Park. There's also plenty of space to lay about on the grass at Plato's Academy Park and Antonis Tritsis Park.
Vouliagmeni Spa Lake and Lake Marathon are fantastic for scenic picnics and spotting local wildlife.
Want to feel the cool ocean breeze on your face? Take a trip out to Kavouri Beach or Voula Beach and spend the whole afternoon meandering along the coastline or simply relaxing by the water's edge.
Need a break from the noise of the city? Make your way over to Mount Lycabettus and Koutouki Cave. Nature enthusiasts will also have a great time at Areopagus Hill and Hill of the Nymphs.
The area's exhibition spaces are brimming with interesting facts and stories. Savour the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the unique collections at the Benaki Museum and the Technopolis. The Athens War Museum and the Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments are also worth looking at.
Maritime history enthusiasts can stay anchored at the Averof Museum, a haven of important nautical history. If time permits, continue sailing through this region's seafaring past at the Hellenic Maritime Museum.
Athens Planetarium, National Observatory of Athens and the Mineralogical Museum of Lavrio are great for visitors interested in learning about the history of science. The intriguing range of artifacts and other objects being exhibited will keep inquisitive minds captivated for days.
You may think of natural museums as the domain of children, but the captivating specimens of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the Byzantine and Christian Museum prove that there's a good deal to keep the grown-ups captivated too. You might also like to visit the National Historical Museum and the Kanellopoulos Museum.
Athens is a hub of artistic energy, with galleries all over. Soak up the hip atmosphere at the Benaki Islamic Art Museum and the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left, wind up your afternoon at the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Athens National Gallery.
History buffs can rediscover the past at the Numismatic Museum of Athens and the Eleftherios Venizelos Museum. Like the sound of those? Continue your journey at the Athens University History Museum and the Museum of the Centre for the Acropolis Studies.
To discover more about the events and people who shaped this place, be sure to visit at least one of its many historic structures and monuments. Start your history lesson at Roman Agora or the Ancient Agora. More stories from a bygone era await at Hellenic Parliament and the Arch of Hadrian.
Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not, you'll be sure to have a pleasant time at the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Erechtheion. If you'd be interested to check out a couple more religious sites, keep your eyes peeled for tours at the Temple of Athena Nike and Greek Evangelical Church.
Athens' most celebrated sights sometimes overshadow its less touristy, yet equally rewarding activities. The National Library of Greece and the Eugenides Foundation might catch your eye. If you can fit it in, also visit the Ioannis Sykoutris Library and the Deste Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art.
To make the most of your visit to the capital, consider staying at one of the 323 Athens lodgings featured on Expedia's extensive database.
Top picks in Athens include the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens, located at 1 Vasileos Georgiou A' str, and the King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens, situated at 3 Vasileos Georgiou A' Street. If you're after more budget-friendly options, the Periscope Hotel, 22 Charitos Str, Kolonaki, or the Hermes Hotel, 19 Apollonos Street, Plaka, could be more your style.
Athens is home to the Parthenon. If you want to stay close to this top attraction, the AVA Hotel & Suites is just 0.4 miles away. Another option is the Electra Palace Athens, which is about 0.5 miles away.
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Metropolitan Expo, Factory Outlet Airport and Attica Zoological Park. McArthurGlen Designer Outlet and Sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron are also within 12 mi (20 km). Athens International Airport Station is only a 1-minute walk.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Syntagma Square, Hellenic Parliament, and Roman Agora. Ancient Agora and Acropolis Museum are also within 15 minutes. Syntagma Station is 6 minutes by foot and Monastiraki Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Temple of Olympian Zeus, Greek Evangelical Church and Arch of Hadrian. Theatre of Dionysus and Choragic Monument of Lysicrates are also within 5 minutes. Akropoli Station and Leoforos Vouliagmenis Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Arch of Hadrian. Acropolis Museum and Zappeion Hall are also within 10 minutes. Leoforos Vouliagmenis Station is only a 3-minute walk and Akropoli Station is 5 minutes.
This family-friendly hotel is located in the city centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of Onassis Cultural Centre, Acropolis Museum and Parthenon. Temple of Olympian Zeus and Arch of Hadrian are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kasomouli Station is 10 minutes by foot and Baknana Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Athens City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Syntagma Square, Roman Agora, and Hellenic Parliament. Acropolis Museum and Arch of Hadrian are also within 10 minutes. Akropoli Station is 7 minutes by foot and Syntagma Station is 8 minutes.
This family-friendly Athens hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Australian Embassy, Athens Concert Hall and Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium. Mount Lycabettus and Lycabettus Theater are also within 2 miles (3 km). Panormou Station is 9 minutes by foot and Ambelokipi Station is 9 minutes.
Set on the beach in Markopoulo Mesogaias, this hotel is within the vicinity of Sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron, Vravrona Tower and Metropolitan Expo. Regional attractions also include Factory Outlet Airport and Attica Zoological Park.