Our Holiday Inn® hotels make it easy to explore the Greek capital, a city of myth, culture and late-night revelry. The iconic relics of ancient are at its center, at the foot of the mighty Acropolis, the cradle of Western civilization.
It's a quick ride from our hotels in to the city center. Stroll along the promenade that links the city's archaeological highlights. Rising nearly 500 feet above , the Acropolis is crowned by the 2,500-year-old Doric Parthenon temple. The shiny new is a trove of Athenian treasures, where you can wander among sculptures of burly Greek gods and be swept back in time by the chariots of the Parthenon frieze. Nearby sits the ancient AgorÁ marketplace, where democracy was born. Before returning to your hotel, hike or take the funicular up to the conical peak of to see the sunset.
Shop for Athenian-style fashion in Ermou and Kolonaki, reviving over coffee and people-watching on . Your hotel is near the 19th-century Central Market in Monastiraki neighborhood-get here early for the freshest produce. For views of the Acropolis glowing gold on the hillside, find a taverna with alfresco seating in Plaka district. Greek favorites like moussaka and spinach pie go nicely with crisp Retsina wines. There are good-value pita souvlaki stands on almost every corner. The lively Psiri district is crammed with little ouzeries serving fiery ouzo liquor with mezedes (appetizers) and pumping DJ bars. Or end the day in Kolonaki's chic lounge bars.
Book one of our hotels in February for Greek-style carnival at Apokries or in summer for open-air music festivals galore. When temperatures soar, join locals at beaches like Glyfada for a refreshing dip in the sea.