Athens is the capital and ancient heart of Greece. With over 600,000 residents within its city limits, Athens these days is a collision of a magnificent past and modern sophistication. The city is well-known for its historic centre, first class museums and its mouth-watering cuisine. Touristic attractions include the ancient Acropolis, Parthenon and the lively Plaka District.
Cheap flights to Athens are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be amazed by this iconic metropolis! Athens is home of Athens International Airport (ATH), located on a 40-minute drive from the city centre. Athens International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Turkish Airlines, EgyptAir, Emirates and Qatar Airways. Popular international flights to Athens depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Athens is approximately 13 hours and 40 minutes.
Why visit Athens
- Ancient Greek RuinsAthens is world famous for its ancient ruins that are often the backdrop to paintings, movies and postcards. The Acropolis and Temples of Poseidon are absolutely unique and amazing.
- Famous Greek CuisineYou’ll be drooling over well-loved dishes such as “moussaka” and “souvlaki” that are served all around the city in stylish and quaint cafes and restaurants.
- Greek PeopleThe hospitality of the people of Athens is something very special. Don’t be surprised as they invite you to their homes or offer to show you around.
Best time to visit Athens
The best time to visit Athens would have to be during spring and early summer (May – mid June). The late summer in Athens can get extremely hot and uncomfortable, and as it is the main tourist period, you are guaranteed to encounter long queues and overcrowded attractions everywhere. Another great time to visit is in autumn (October – mid-November) as it is less crowded then too. Luckily, Athens never experiences bad weather (an average winter day is 14°C!) so you’ll be perfectly fine to book your holiday over the colder season as well. During these times, affordable flights and accommodation to Athens are more readily available, and you’re guaranteed good deals.