Travel Greece. Day Trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Athens

Greece in south-eastern Europe is a country with thousands of islands in the Mediterranean. There are innumerable ancient sites, all of which are silent and strong eyewitnesses of history and legendary myths. Have you visited Athens? If not, plan to go. Athens is not only the capital of the country but also the historical capital of Europe. It combines everything captivating about capital cities, plus the charm that only a town on the Mediterranean Sea offers. A variety of museums, engaging nightlife, vivid street art, a slow lifestyle, sunshine aplenty, wholesome food, beguiling history and ancient ruins.

Greece - Day Trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Athens

Bring lots of time to get to know the town. Walk the Athens neighbourhoods of Monastiraki and Plaka, browse around Syntagma Square, visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Acropolis Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum, make your way up Lycabettus Hill, check out the Central Market, the National Gardens, the tower of the winds, and the ancient Greek Agora, and join a Guided Food Safari
Days in Athens are long. Go for a sundowner at one of the town’s many cafes, have dinner at any number of tavernas or chic restaurants, and after that go and find some bar to listen to live music.

Once you visited all the sights and experienced the Athenian lifestyle and spent your days soaking in that eclectic atmosphere, make your way along the coast and into the countryside. There are five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the proximity of Athens. The UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Places, e.g. regions/structures, buildings, become awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their outstanding value, be it of either cultural, historical or scientific significance to the world and her citizens.

I created this guide to show you whether you’d need a car to get around, and for you to see what you can experience in one day. Use the guide to plan visits to places where ideas for Democracy, Philosophy, Theatre, Freedom of Expression and Speech developed. Learn about how emperor Nero’s vision became a reality hundreds of years later. Visit a place where schoolchildren to this day make use of ancient sports grounds. Find out which civilization inspired Homer’s writing. See where you can swim in a lake that has healing properties. Be surprised when you hear the origin of the name Aegean Sea and understand that even trivial blunders can have enormous consequences. Learn who encouraged ideals such as tolerance, compassion, and the rule of law. See which church is the archetype of all the classical Byzantine churches of southern Greece. Find out where to best go skiing in Greece.

You can also find info about visa requirements, how to get to Athens, tips for vegetarian dining in Athens, and where to sleep.

Road trip - How to Drive in Greece

A car is a great way to visit all the places suggested here. You can use public transport and taxis combined, to get to where you want to. The option to self-drive gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace. You might think "Driving in Greece?" That is admittedly a little adventure already. Greek motorists tend to be somewhat chaotic and wild, true. As soon as they see you stay put a split-second too long at a green traffic light, they honk loudly. People would overtake you right, left, and in any place, they consider gaps large enough to permit such a manoeuvre. There is no distinguishing between bustling inner-city streets or narrow winding coastal roads. It seems that driving styles won't be altered, under no circumstances and ever.

On occasion, there are stray dogs and wandering locals in the form of cats or chickens. Outside of towns, there is also a risk of falling rocks and fallen rocks on the street. Then there are the quaint goat herds. Be prepared for all eventualities, and you are going to be fine. Just make sure you aren’t going with the flow. Better make sure to arrive alive. Avoid aggressive behaviour. Keep an eye on the traffic and pay attention to the car in front of you, keep a safe following distance (no tailgating the car in the front). Indicate, to show that your car is going to change the lane or going to stop. Keep calm and road trip on.

Four Day Trips to UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Athens


Spend your day visiting the Acropolis- UNESCO Heritage Site


The Acropolis of Athens with the Parthenon, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, and the temple Athena Nike are the most magnificent architectural and artistic complex given by Greek Antiquity to the world. There is nothing like it. Imagine what the Acropolis survived over the centuries, all the wars and the attacks. Regardless of all the fires and earthquakes, and a good deal of different influences of cultures, gods, legends, and religions, the Acropolis hill is still standing strong. One feels overwhelming wonderment, thinking that the construction of the fortification walls began during the 13th century BC, and have surrounded the summit of the Acropolis for more than 3,300 years.

It was here that ideas for Democracy (demokratia: rule by the people), Philosophy (love of wisdom), Theatre, Freedom of Expression and Speech emerged and were manifested. Think of what we have got in many countries these days. The idea has been around for centuries. However, there are too many who refuse the essence of this idea.  Many make inaccurate and misleading assertions to then label it as 'freedom of speech.' Spreading fallacious news like confetti, that is not freedom of speech but dangerous. Isn't it one of the best achievements ever? To be allowed to express one's views freely through speech, writing, printing, pictures or any other way without being imprisoned, fined or guillotined, that is priceless.

View towards the Erechtheum with Pillars at the Acropolis in Athens.

Acropolis Athens with the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Propylaea.

Pillars of Propylaea at the Acropolis in Athens in Greece

Blue sky over the pillars of the Propylaea at the Acropolis in Athens Greece

Information Acropolis. Metro station: Acropolis. Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm. Please check the website before you visit, to check the opening hours while you are there. Closed: 1st January, 25th March, 1st May, Easter Sunday, 25th December, 26th December. Please do not bring any large bags. Tickets Adults EUR 20, Reduced rate EUR 10. Free admission on 6th March (in memory of Greek icon, actress and politician Melina Mercouri), 18th April (International Monuments Day), 18th May (International Museums Day), the last weekend of September (European Heritage Days), 28th October, every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st. Visit the website for detailed information.

Athens - Corinth - Epidaurus - Mycenae – Athens

Daytrip Athens - Corinth - Epidaurus - Mycenae – Athens: 310 kilometres. Start early in the day and be back for dinner in Athens.

Corinth Canal – Emperor Nero’s Vison

Between the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf, there is an isthmus. Rulers as early as the 7th century BC, and later emperor Nero realised that a canal through this isthmus would shorten trade times. There was no rushing it, and the canal, only about 6.3 km long, was built much later.

Construction began in 1881, considering Nero's plans, and after 12 years the vision had become a reality. The canal cuts short the route of ships. The fact that it connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf saves seafarers the journey of about 400 kilometres around the Peloponnese. Somewhat tragic, today the canal is less relevant since modern ships are too large to travel through it.

Blue water and the bridge over the Corinth canal in Greece

Information: Corinth Canal, Park for free at Palea EO Athinon Korinthou, Gefira Isthmou 203 00, Greece. Tickets: Free. Hours: 24 hours. Spend half an hour, have an espresso at the bar, watch the bungee jumpers, and read information about the canal.

The Sanctuary of Epidaurus – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visit the Sanctuary of Epidaurus and walk through a notable example of a Hellenic architectural ensemble of the 4th century BCE.

The theatre, the temples of Artemis and Asklepios, the Tholos, the Enkoimeterion, the Propylaia, the banqueting hall, the baths and the sports- and hospital facilities are one of the most intact ancient Greek sanctuaries of Antiquity. The sports facilities are used by schools these days. As we know today, the engineering knowledge of ancient societies was comprehensive. Visitors can see this once more based on the fantastic water supply- and sewerage system of the sanctuary.

The Theatre of Epidaurus is an impressive architectural masterpiece, designed by the architect from Argos, Polykleitos the Younger. The superbly preserved theatre continues to be used for ancient drama performances and brings ancient Greek thought closer to audiences thanks to an annual festival held there since 1955. Climb the stairs of the theatre, to see and hear that its proportions are as excellent as its acoustics.

Baby cat and pillars and remains of the Epidaurus temples in Greece.

A close-up of the Epidaurus Theatre in Greece.

Panorama view over the Epidaurus Theatre and landscape in Greece

Information Sanctuary of Epidaurus. Epidaurus Theatre, Epidavrou, Tripolis, Greece. Parking is free. Tickets EUR 12. Free admission: 6th March, 18th April, 18th May, last weekend in September, 28th October, first Sunday from November to 31st March. Hours: November to February 8am to 5pm. March and October 8am to 6pm. April and September 8am to 7pm. May to August 8am to 8pm. Good Friday 12pm to 7pm. Holy Saturday 8am to 3pm. Closed 1st January, 25th March, 1st May, Easter Sunday, 25th and 26th December. Spend around three hours here and have lunch.

Mycenae - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Have you heard of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C.? When you visit the archaeological site of Mycenae in the Argos region of the Peloponnese peninsula and walk through the ruins of their town, you will soon learn why they play a crucial role in the development of classical Greek culture.

Mycenae is home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon (Agamemnon, the king of Mycenae), the treasury of Atreus (Tomb of King Agamemnon), the Mycenaean Citadel with the Cyclopean Walls and the Lions Gate. It is the culture that made Homer write his well-known epic poems The Iliad (a story about war and peace) and The Odyssey (the story of Odysseus decade long trip back home from Troy to Ithaca).

It is a humbling experience. One feels somewhat small, and part of a larger whole. It is sort of bizarre treading the same grounds as the Mycenaeans did. They breathed in the same air and feasted on the same magnificent view over the plains all these millennia ago.

Tough to grasp, that it is 3,300 years of history that lies between them and us. Visiting in the late afternoon makes the visit extraordinary since there are hardly any visitors around.

Views over the landscape and remains of Mycenae in Greece.

Panorama view from UNESCO site Mycenae in Greece

Panorama view over UNESCO site Mycenae in Greece

Information Mycenae. Mykines 212 00, Greece. Parking is free. Tickets EUR 12, reduced EUR 6. November to March EUR 6, April to October EUR 12. Free admission: 6th March, 18th April, 18th May, last weekend in September, 28th October, first Sunday from November to 31st March. Hours from November to February 8.30am to 4pm. April to August 8am to 8pm. 1st September to 15th September 8am to 7.30pm. 16th September-30th September 8am to 7pm. 1st October to 15th October 8am to 6.30pm. 16th October to 31st October 8am to 6pm. Good Friday 12pm to 7pm. Holy Saturday 8.30am to 4pm. Please visit the website for detailed information. Spend around three hours here, there is a little shop where you can buy refreshments before you drive back to Athens. 

Landscape and sunset on the Peloponnese near Athens in Greece

 Athens - Lake Vouliagmeni - Temple of Poseidon - Lefteri’s Canteen – Athens

Athens - Lake Vouliagmeni - Temple of Poseidon - Lefteri’s Canteen – Athens: 140 kilometres. From Athens, take a ride along the coast and drink in the gorgeous views over the Saronic Gulf. It is an easy drive and only 70 kilometres one way to the Temple of Poseidon. There are enough tavernas and cafes along the way that make excellent lunch stops. In summer, carry water, wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring your bathing costume to go for a swim. Wear warm clothes in autumn and winter; you’d probably have to skip the swimming part at this time of the year.

Swimming at Lake Vouliagmeni

The underground springs, from reservoirs as deep as 50 to 100 meters, feed mineral-rich water into the lake. Lake Vouliagmeni is well known for its healing properties. You receive detailed information when you buy an entrance ticket.

The lake is full of little fish. The Garra Rufas are indigenous residents and give all swimmers a free pedicure. They nibble on your dead skin and allow regrowth of new skin. The secret to their behaviour is a simple one. If they are hungry, they eat your dead skin. Right. Each to their own.

The water temperature, which is between 22 to 29 degrees Celsius, allows swimming all year-round. As we know, there can be problems with water quality in bodies of still water. The staff takes water tests for its bacteriological quality, according to the standards of the EU Bathing Water Directive.

Cafe and restaurant under trees at Lake Vouliagmeni near Athens in Greece

View over natural Lake Vouliagmeni near Athens in Greece

Information Lake Vouliagmeni, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece. Tickets EUR 15 on weekends, EUR 12 during the week. You will find sun lounges, showers and changing rooms plus a restaurant. Parking is free. Before you go swimming in the lake, take a shower to get rid of the sunscreen. Spend about two hours here before you leave for the Temple of Poseidon.

Temple Of Poseidon in Sounion

Sounion was a sacred place as far back as the Bronze Age. Athenians dedicated the temple to Poseidon, the god of the sea. The temple we see today was built mid-5th century BCE, whereas the original version was built in the archaic period before it was destroyed by the Persians in 480 B.C.

It prominently occupies the southernmost point of the Attica peninsula, on a hill, facing the sea. Sounion was one of Lord Byron’s favourite places. Maybe it was here that he first thought "If I am a poet the air of Greece has made me one."

This temple is a place of great stories. Here is one about Sounion and Theseus, who was the son of two guys. He was the son of Poseidon the god and also the son of King Aegeus. Theseus is the mythical king and founder of Athens. At one-point Theseus left Sounion for Crete, to murder the Minotaur (a creature half man half bull). King Aegeus suggested that the ship transporting his son returns with white sails if he survives the fight, and with black sails, if he doesn't. Overjoyed by his victory over the Minotaur, Theseus confounded these two rules. We all know things happen in the heat of the moment. Theseus proudly returned to Sounion under black sails. As soon as his father King Aegeus saw this, he is overwhelmed by grief and throws himself into the sea. Today it is known as the Aegean Sea.

Temple of Poseidon in Sounion near Athens in Greece

Inscriptions at the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion near Athens in Greece

Food and cat at restaurant next to the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion near Athens in Greece

Pillars of the Temple of Poseidon with a view over the Aegean Sea

Information Temple of Poseidon, Leoforos Athinon - Souniou, Cape Sounio, Sounio 195 00, Greece. Hours Monday to Sunday during summer 8am to 8pm. In Winter 9.30am to 5pm. Tickets EUR 12, reduced EUR 6. Spend about three hours here and have a late lunch at the restaurant before you make your way to Limanakia.

Limanakia: Swimming at Lefteri’s Canteen

From Sounion drive 44 kilometres back towards Athens and stop at Limanakia for small bays and crystal-clear blue waters. On your drive back to Athens, along the coastal road, between Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, you can choose from several swimming spots which you find just below the main coastal road. Leave your car on the side of the main road. Follow the gravel path down to the water's edge.

This swimming spot is for experienced swimmers. Find a space in front of Lefteri's canteen. There are wooden platforms to relax and have a cold drink during bathing breaks. The music ranges from Luis Fonsi to Shakira and is as loud as the Aegean is blue. 

Swimming at Lefteri’s Canteen in Limanakia in Athens

Swimming bay at Lefteri’s Canteen in Limanakia in Athens

Information Lefteri's Canteen, Vouliagmeni, Greece. Parking is free. Swimming is free. No lifeguards. No bathrooms. No showers. No changing rooms. Spend as long as you want or until hunger convinces you to drive back for dinner in Athens.


Athens - Delphi- stop in Aráhova – Monastery Hosios Loukas - Athens


Daytrip Athens - Delphi- stop in Aráhova –Monastery Hosios Loukas – Athens: 390 kilometres. Start early in the day and be back for dinner in Athens. It is an easy ride through a picturesque landscape. Bear in mind to bring a warm jumper and jacket in spring autumn and winter when it can get chilly in the mountains and to carry water, wear sunscreen and a hat in summer to avoid a heat stroke.

Delphi – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Delphi lies on the slope of Mount Parnassus in Southern Greece. The sight of the beautiful landscape with the mountains of the Peloponnese as the background will almost certainly take your breath away. Delphi was the religious centre of the ancient Greek world. It was here that the oracle of Apollo, the god of light, knowledge and harmony, spoke. Apollo encouraged ideals such as tolerance, compassion, and the rule of law. In an ideal world, yes. Sad to see that so many politicians to this day oppose these ideals and rather built their success on spreading fear.

Between the 8th century BC to the 5th Century BC hardly anything in Greece was ever decided without asking the oracle of Delphi first. The Sanctuary in Delphi has been a place of significance for people from all over the ancient world. Kings and commoners went to ask for advice from Phytia, the high priestess and oracle of Delphi. Before that people could only do this once per year, on Apollo’s birthday, the 7th March.

Information Delphi Archaeological Site and Museum. Parking is free. Museum Wednesday to Monday 8am to 8pm. Tuesday 10am to 5.30pm. Archaeological Site Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm. Tickets EUR 12, reduced EUR 6. . Free admission: 6th March, 18th April, 18th May, last weekend in September, 28th October, first Sunday from November to 31st March. Closed: 1st January, 25th March, 1st May, Easter Sunday, 25th December, 26th December. Please visit the website for detailed information. Spend around four hours before you have lunch in the mountain village of Aráhova.

Aráchova – Aráhova - A mountain village

On the road back from Delphi to Athens is the mountain village of Aráhova. Aráchova, at an altitude of 980 metres, is a little mountain village at the foot of Mount Parnassós. The mountainous setting, the fresh air, the ski facilities and the closeness to the capital Athens is a true drawcard for city dwellers. The village is a popular destination in winter. In spring, it is rather quiet, aside from busloads of tourists on route to and from Delphi. This is a marvellous place to stop for lunch or coffee and cake. Take home local honey and herbs as a souvenir. There are even several boutiques selling Greek designs. Spend around one hour before you drive to the Monastery Hosios Loukas. 

Aráchova – Aráhova the mountain village near Delphi in Greece

Monastery Hosios Loukas – UNESCO World Heritage Site

From Aráchova make your way towards the village of Distomο and Stýri, follow the road until you reach the monastery of Òssios Loukás. Here you find the byzantine monastery in the middle of a vast and seemingly endlessly large valley full of olive trees.

You can spend hours walking around two awe-inspiring Byzantine churches, both decorated with frescoes, paintings and golden mosaics. The monastery founded by the monk Loukás from Stýri (his relics are in the main church) around the middle of the 10th century AD has been restored beautifully and is still used to this day. For its marvellously executed exterior, the church of the Virgin Mary, dedicated to its founder, became the prototype for all the classical Byzantine churches of southern Greece.

The Katholicon (the main church of the monastery) is full of Byzantine art, religious scenes in multicoloured marble and golden mosaics. Step down into the crypt, located under the Katholicon, to also look at religious paintings.

You can also visit the Monastery's oil mill and an example cell of the living quarters of the monks.

Don't leave without buying some coffee and cake at the little shop by the entrance gate. Find a place on the spacious terrace under the trees. The endless view over the valley with its monastery is something to remember on a grey day.

Monastery Hosios Loukas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Distomο in Greece

Interior decoration and wall paintings at Osiou Louka Unesco in Greece

Interior decoration, gold mosaic, and wall paintings at Osiou Louka Unesco in Greece

The Courtyard of Unesco site Osiou Louka in Greece

View over the valley at Unesco site Osiou Louka in Greece

Small chapel of Unesco site Osiou Louka in Greece

Panoramic view from Unesco site Osiou Louka in Greece.

Gold Mosaic detail at Unesco sit Osiou Louka in Greece

Information: Hosios Loukas, Distomo 32005, Greece. Hours: 10am to 5pm. Tickets: EUR 4. Spend around two to three hours before you head back to Athens for dinner.


Vegetarian-Friendly Dining in Athens

The good thing in Athens is that there are over two thousand restaurants, cafés and tavernas. You will find so many places where the food is freshly prepared. Stay away from fast food haunts, and you will be fine. On all my many visits, I gathered that one can’t go wrong in this town when it comes to food.

Large amount of stacked brown wooden chairs at a taverna in Athens in Greece

-Klepsidra Café. This small café is in a picture-perfect location. Whenever I visit, I receive a warm and friendly welcome. Food is fresh and drinks are cold. Klepsidra Cafe, Thrasivoulou 9, Plaka, Athens 105 56, Greece. Hours till 1am.

-Yiasemi. The interior of the cafe is just as sweet as the flower it is named after, Jasmine. It is a bright and colourful cafe on the famous Mnisikleous steps. The welcome is always friendly, the vegetarian-friendly mezze and cakes are delightful, and drinks are served cold. Yiasemi. 23 Mnisikleous Str., Athens 105 56, Greece. Hours Monday to Sunday from 7am till late.

-The Old Tavern of Psarras. Vegetarian-friendly beautiful place. You can sit on the rooftop with a view of the Acropolis or in a narrow lane, inside is lovely too. Been here several times in late autumn as well as in summer, always great. The Old Tavern of Psarras. Erechtheos 16, Erotokritou 12, Plaka, Athens 105 56, Greece. Hours till 1am.

-Oineas. This family business in Psyrri opened twenty years ago. Do you remember who Dionysus is? In Greek mythology, he is the god of the grape harvest, winemaking, fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre. The restaurant is named after the ancient Greek king Oineas, who has been taught winemaking from Dionysus. After he got a vine plant from Dionysus, he inaugurated winemaking in Aetolia, a mountainous region in Western Greece. The place is decorated with memorabilia from the '50s and '60s. Food is fresh and served with a welcoming smile. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed. Oineas. Esopou 9, Athina 105 54, Greece. Hours: Monday to Thursday 4pm to 12.30am, Friday and Saturday 1pm to 12.30am, Saturday 1pm to 12:30am, Sunday 3pm to 12am.

-Zampano. Every hipster will love this place with its wooden tables, green marble and polished fittings. Be it goat cheese, thyme, rosemary, courgettes or smoked almonds, all products and ingredients are fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced. The same goes for the wine. Sunday brunch is a sumptuous affair also, expect everything from avocado to breakfast smoothies. Book in advance, there will be live jazz music. Zampano, 18 Sarri, Psirri, Athens 105 53, Greece. Hours: Monday 8am to 4pm, Tuesday to Thursday 8am to 12.30am, Friday and Saturday 8am to 1am, Sunday 8am to 12.30am.

-Restaurant at the Acropolis Museum. The restaurant of the Acropolis museum is on the second floor, the panoramic views of the Acropolis are one of a kind. Breakfast is tasty with Koulouri, cheese, local honey, and Greek yogurt with thyme honey and nuts. Try the baked feta cheese in pastry for lunch. Visit the website for detailed info and opening hours.

Dessert in Athens

Don't leave Athens without having eaten Loukoumádes. These Greek doughnuts are made from wheat flour, salt, yeast, warm water and honey and get fried in vegetable oil. Order them with honey and cinnamon and eat them for breakfast, as a snack in the afternoon or as an after-dinner dessert.

-Krinos. Traditional-style café with ample space to enjoy Loukoumádes and coffee while chatting about your next or last road trip from Athens. Krinos, Aiolou 87, Athens, Greece.

-Lukumades. Small street food-style space, only three or four seats, bustling with Loukoumádes fans. Lukumades, 21 Eolou, Agias Irinis Square, Athens 105 51, Greece.

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Greek delicacies and street art at Klepsidra Café in Plaka in Athens

Dining and desserts at cafe and restaurant Yiasemi in the old part of Athens in Greece

Dining at restaurant Zampano in Athens in Greece

Where to Sleep in Athens

Greater Athens has about 700 hotels (all types of hotels). Here are two I highly recommend.

New Hotel

Colourful Plaka is just around the corner, Syntagma square but a stone-throw away. On the Ardittos Hill, opposite, the first modern Olympic Games were held. Hadrian’s Arch and the ancient Temple of the Olympian Zeus are also only the shortest of foot walks away.

The very best thing here is the breakfast. There is everything you can dream of and more. This doesn’t mean that the 79-room hotel isn’t stunning throughout. Stepping into the hotel feels like entering an art exhibition. Evil eye amulets, traditional shadow puppets, golden- coloured diamond-shaped washing basins, wooden arty looking chairs. The downstairs restaurant is decorated with parts of old wooden chairs and doors that grow tree-like from the floor and over the ceiling.

Rooms are large and airy, and another big plus, they have the most comfortable bedding. Wi-Fi is included in the price. New Hotel Athens is a member of Design Hotels. 

Interior of rooms and restaurant at the New Hotel Athens, Filellinon 16 in Greece

New Hotel Athens, Filellinon 16, Athina 105 57, Greece. Visit the website for more information. Stay from EUR 220/night. I highly recommend booking the breakfast rate. Visit the website for more info.

18 Micon Str

Right in the middle of town, in the Athens borough of Psirri, is named after its postal address. You step out of the front door of this 15- room hotel and are directly where you want to be. Monastiraki square is only a few moments away, and from there you keep on exploring till you reach Plaka and its narrow lanes close to the Acropolis. Walk into the other direction, and you soon reach the Parliament Building on Syntagma square.

The hotel is housed in a former warehouse and store of a local tool trader. When the building was first constructed in the 20th century, the icon of Agia Paraskevi was found and later put on display at the church directly next to the entrance of the hotel; blink too fast, and you might miss that church.

The design of the hotel is all about cement, wood and brick walls, and soft grey and white tones. The welcome is warm, fun and friendly. Breakfast is plentiful with a variety of Greek treats and delicacies, served in a community space with an atmosphere which feels like sitting in a friend's kitchen.

Guests get a complimentary Mobile Phone with free internet, which they can take wherever they go to, during their stay. 18 Micon Str is a member of Hip Hotels. 

Interior design of Hotel 18 Micon Str, Esopou 14 in Athens in Greece

18 Micon Str, Esopou 14, Athina 105 54, Greece. Stay from EUR 130/night. Parking is available for EUR 10/night (best to ask when booking). Visit the website for more info.


Tiny model of a church in Greece

What you need to know to travel to Athens

Visa requirements for Greece

You can apply for the Greek Schengen Visa, as a Member State of the EU Greece is a member state of the Schengen Area. Visitors from the Schengen countries do not need a passport or visa, only a valid an ID-card or passport. Visit this website to see whether you need a Visa to visit Greece.


How to get to Athens

You can reach Athens directly by plane from most capital cities in Europe. Visit the website of Athens International Airport (ATH) for more information. The airport is 35 kilometres from the Old Town of Athens. There is a train service to town, the ride is approx. 45 minutes. Taxis are metered.

Wi-fi in Athens

Wi-Fi is available in most cafes and restaurants and hotels.

Best time to visit Athens

Athens is a year-round travel destination. Summers are hot and dry. Temperatures can easily rise above 40 degrees Celsius in summer. If you aren’t a fan of hot weather, it is probably best to visit in spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) when temperatures are mild, and days are sunny. In winter, mountainous regions around Athens get snow and you can even go skiing.

Please note: As a result of the climate crisis, Athens experiences heat waves more frequently. Athens has an officially appointed Chief Heat Officer who ensures that the residents of Athens can survive despite the severe heat.

There are heat warnings which are categorized into three levels, dangerous, very dangerous, and extremely dangerous. The city's mobile app Novoville informs locals directly via text message. And via the mobile app Extrema-Global, one can find out where it's particularly hot in the city and search for cooler places, such as air-conditioned spaces. The app also tells users where to find fresh/drinking water.


Weather forecast for Athens, with temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius from Friday to the following week Sunday.

Screenshot of weather forecast Athens 14-23 July 2023

Greece – Currency and how to pay

Greece is a member of the European Union. The official currency in Greece is the Euro. Exchange money on arrival at the airport, or get some cash at an ATM. You can pay in cash still almost everywhere in town (some shops/restaurants/cafes only accept cash though). Credit cards are widely accepted.

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