When is the best time to fly to Athens?
Despite the heat, hordes of visitors fly in to Athens in the months of June, July and August. By June, most restaurants and clubs have shut down or moved to the shore. During August, Athens belongs to tourists. If you come during these months, visit sights and attractions in the early morning, nap through the midday heat, then visit more attractions in the evening. The Athens and Epidaurus Festival is a great celebration of leading individuals and companies within theater, music and dance, including opera, classical music, ballet, jazz and Ancient Theater. This famous cultural event takes place in mid-June to mid-September, with most performances taking place on the slope of the Acropolis.
March, April and May, as well as October and November, have ideal weather for visiting Athens, and the restaurants and clubs are open. This is also a good time to find cheaper flights and deals on accommodations. A national holiday in Athens and Greece, Independence Day (or Evangelismos), takes place in March. To commemorate the revolt against the Ottoman Empire in 1821, this holiday is celebrated with dances and parades.
The colder months of December, January and February make for an interesting time to visit Athens. There are few tourists, the weather is chilly with some rain, and you will save money on hotel bills and find some cheap flights.
Apokries (Carnival), a three week celebration before the Lent fasting period starts, is celebrated with plays, street parties and parades organised all around Athens.
Greece’s capital city is one of the most popular destinations in the world. The city was named after Athena, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, and the famous Parthenon was her temple. Today, Athens flights are packed with travelers flocking to Athena’s namesake to tour the mythical mysterious city.
Athens is probably most famous for hosting the first ever Olympics in 1896. In 2004, millions of travelers booked flights to Athens and witnessed history repeat itself when Athens hosted the Summer Olympics. Thanks to the boost in tourism that accompanied the Olympics, Athens built new roads and upgraded its transportation alternatives, making it easier for Athens visitors to get around the city. Spend a day touring the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus before settling in with the locals. Enjoy authentic Greek food in sidewalk cafes and take in a little bit of Greece at its best before boarding your Athens flight back home.
Getting around Athens
Athens’ metro system is easy for travellers to use, as are the local buses and trolleys. The metro is usually preferred, though, as the buses and trolleys are usually more crowded and can be confusing. Avoid traveling anywhere during rush hour, especially on public transportation. It can be difficult to hail a taxi, so call ahead for one instead. You’ll find that taxis are cheap, although occasionally drivers will try to overcharge a clueless foreigner. One trick to catching a cab is calling out your destination to a cab already in use. The driver will stop and let you get in if he’s going the same way. You’ll still have to pay a full fare, though. It’s also easy to set out on foot. Most of the major Athens’ sights are located in the same general area. With all the easy transportation options, it’s not worth it to rent a car. Driving through the city is difficult to manage and parking spots are both rare and expensive.
Getting from the Airport to the City
Athens International Airport is situated 20 miles southeast of downtown Athens. The easiest and quickest way to reach the city center from the airport is by metro, which connects travelesr with popular sites like Syntagma Square and Monastiraki. The airport is also served by the public bus system, which connects to destinations in the greater area of Athens and Piraeus, with buses running frequently day and night. Athens International is also connected to the local railway station. Finally, there are plenty of taxis available at the airport terminals.