Recent reviews for Athens, Mainland & the Saronic Islands, Greece
"Home in Athens!"
Left on 06/17/2015 for a stay in May 2015
We had a wonderful stay at Eirini's whilst we were in Athens. Her unique taste, made the apartment feel relaxing, interesting and enjoyable! The location was quiet and close to all the Kolonaki action. trains, and bus's not to far away, but it is easy to walk to all Athens attractions from here. Highly recommend this gem, that is homely, very clean, and fascinating all at the same time - and in a very secure complex.
Left on 07/31/2015 for a stay in July 2015
I had no idea when I booked this apartment, just how centrally located it is. Smack bang on the main shopping strip of Athens, metres away from the best bars and restaurants and a small walk to the Acropolis. The apartment itself is huge. We had a cousin who lives in Athens come up and she was astounded by how large and lovely the apartment was. Stathis was available for any questions in the lead up to our stay and we were greeted by his lovely sister Eva, who had let our adult children into the apartment early. There is nothing negative to say. Everything we could want was there - washing machine, pegs, hair drier, extra pillows, make up removal products...The list goes on. A perfect stay!
"Excellent Villa and owner - 5 stars!"
Left on 07/13/2015 for a stay in May 2015
We stayed in a self contained ground floor apartment here and it is excellent. Very well maintained and clean. We were a family of 4 and it was more than big enough for 2 young kids ((5) and (2)) to run around in and explore. It had everything you needed to cater for yourself - we cooked a lot of meals at the Villa and didn't lack anything to do that.
The courtyard at the front is totally secure and the pool and garden at the back were exactly what we needed for afternoons when we didn't visit the beach.
Con was an excellent owner to deal with. He picked us up from the airport, took us to the local shop when we needed supplies, showed us around the area and recommended places to visit. He even drove us to a theme park for the children one day - far exceeding our expectations of the level of service you would expect when renting a Villa. He was very responsive to questions, or requests we had and couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful.
The Villa is very accessible for the 3 beaches in the area - we found the middle beach to be the most pleasant, and getting into Athens was easy even with the children.
We didn't really scratch the surface in terms of sight seeing, but the transport links would have made it easy to do so if that was what you wanted.
If you want somewhere with easy access to a lovely chilled out beach, a pool and the option to get into Athens easily I couldn't recommend the Villa more highly.
Ancient history is all around you in Athens, Greece. Athens and its myriad archeological sites will dazzle anyone with an interest in early Western civilization. A tour of Athens naturally begins at the Acropolis, the focal point of the city and the locus of ancient Greece's most powerful city-state. From the Acropolis, you can walk to other historic sites via the Grand Promenade, a system of pedestrian walkways that were installed before Athens hosted the 2004 Olympic Games.
In addition to the Acropolis, other highlights in Athens' include the Agora, the Street of the Tombs, The Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Theater of Dionysus. After delving into ancient history, head to the Anafiotika neighborhood, a surprisingly quiet and picturesque district, built in the 19th century by Anafi Island stonemasons. To get a sense of the modern city and its unusual blend of old and new, head up to Lykavitos Hill, where you can get a bird's eye view of the metropolis.
While best known for its illustrious history, Athens is a very livable city with wonderful contemporary culture. For high end shopping, check out the Kolonaki district. Head to the posh Plaka neighborhood to browse through boutiques and dine in restaurants tucked within cobblestone alleyways. Although you will find a mix of food from various world cultures, enjoying traditional Greek cuisine is one of the greatest pleasures of an Athens vacation. When visiting one of Athens' tavernas, try traditional plates like olives, Greek salad, souvlaki, fried fish, octopus, grilled anchovies, roasted lamb, and fava beans.
The top sights in Athens are:
- Acropolis: The flat-topped rock in Athens' city center is home to some of the most famous Golden Age monuments from ancient Greece, including the temple of the Parthenon.
- Ancient Agora: Near the Acropolis, you can visit the market and meeting place in ancient Athens where Socrates once taught his pupils.
- Benaki Museum: The permanent collection at this fine art museum contains treasures of the ancient world, paintings by European masters, and work by 19th and 20th century Greek artists.
- Byzantine and Christian Museum: Delve into the history of Greece's Byzantine period at this well-stocked and beautiful fine art museum.
- National Archeological Museum: This impressive museum contains art and artifacts from every era in Greece's long history, with a particularly awe-inspiring collection of antiquities from Mycenae.
- Daphni Monastery: Just outside the Athens city center, this Byzantine monastery was built in the 11th century and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
Enjoy your trip to Greece with a vacation rental in a historic Athens neighborhood. If you are interested in seeing the ancient sites, book a luxury apartment in the city center, where you can easily walk between monuments. Those who will be staying in Athens for a longer vacation may wish to rent a condo in one of the city's contemporary neighborhoods like Kolonaki. Or, if you are looking for a more relaxing trip, consider an oceanfront villa in one of Athens' outlying neighborhoods.