The historic city of Athens
Athens is one of the most important cities in the world with a long history. It is dating back to 6000 years, and has been inhabited continuously from the Neolithic period to the present day. The city of Athens experienced its peak in the 5th century BC. That was, the so-called Golden Age of Pericles. During that time culture, arts, sciences and values were at their peak. As a result, they inspired cultures beyond the borders of Greek territory. You will be amazed of how many things you can do by finding a cheap car rental at Athens airport and start exploring the city.
Areas such as philosophy, theater, architecture, philosophy and politics flourished at that time. Athens has been the capital of Greece since 1834 and is a classic tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. Its rich history, the Mediterranean climate and the interesting gastronomic character, attract millions of tourists every year. The best way to explore Athens and the surrounding areas is by renting a car at Athens Airport (ATH).
Visit to the Acropolis
You can take a walk at the Acropolis and browse through historical monuments from different periods of history. You can start from the Temple of Olympian Zeus (6th century BC), which is one of the largest temples of antiquity and the Andrianos Gate (131 AD). The Gate of Andrianos is believed to have been constructed to welcome the Roman Emperor Andrianos on his arrival in Athens.
Herodes Atticus Conservatory
Continuing to the street of Dionysus Aeropagetus, you will see the ancient theater of Dionysus (500 BC). This is where performances were taking place by Aristophanes, Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus. Before climbing the sacred rock of the Acropolis you will find the Conservatory of Herodes Atticus (161 AD), which is dedicated to Herodes Atticus’ wife, Annia Rigillis. The conservatory has a capacity of 5000 seats and consists of 32 rows of circular marble stands.
The Sacred Rock and the Parthenon
In the area of the Acropolis you will be able to admire spectacular archaeological monuments. For example, Propylaea, Erechtheion, the temple of Athena and of course the famous Parthenon. In 438 BC. the construction of the Parthenon was completed, and in 433 BC the works decorating it were completed as well. Iktinos and Kallikratis were the architects of the temple and the general construction manager was sculptor Phidias.
The temple is dedicated to the goddess Athena who was the patroness of Athens. An important part of the Parthenon is the famous frieze on which the Panathenaic procession is embossed. Panathinaia was a city celebration dedicated to the goddess Athena. A few meters from the Parthenon site you will find the modern Acropolis Museum, where you will be able to admire countless treasures from excavations in the Acropolis area.
Plaka for for food and entertainment
In the area of Plaka you will have the opportunity to wander the cobbled streets between preserved houses reminiscent of another era. The Plaka is considered a tourist attraction and you will have the opportunity to enjoy food, drink and coffee as the neighborhood has countless restaurants, cafes and tourist shops. You will find houses with strong influences from the Turkish occupation and the Neoclassical period (1900 AD).
You will also see the Roman Market, the Andrianos Library (132 AD) and the Tower of the Winds (100 AD). If you are a museum lover you can visit the Museum of Greek Folk Art and the Museum of Greek Folk Music.
Why is Monastiraki popular
The adventure continues downhill to Monastiraki, where it is characterized as a maze of streets and old buildings. Monastiraki is famous for its shops where you can find antiques and all kinds of collectibles, as well as clothing, accessories and decorations. For entertainment, we also recommend the area of Psyrri, famous for its hangouts and vibrant nightlife. You can find everything in Psiri according to your taste and appetite from busy bars to traditional taverns to drink ouzo.
Syntagma Square is located at the beginning of Ermou Street. It is considered the central square of Athens and the busiest one. A characteristic building that will stand out and impress you is the building of the Hellenic Parliament. Next to it is the monument of the Unknown Soldier (1930 AD) dedicated to the fallen soldiers of war. There you will see the Evzones of the Presidential Guard or otherwise the Tsolias, in their typical costume, guarding the monument.
Visit nearby points of interest with a cheap car rental Athens Airport
Within walking distance you can walk through the National Garden and see the Zappeion Palace, an important building build in 1888. Also nearby are the Presidential Palace (1897) and the Maximus Palace (1912). Maximus Palace hosts the office of the Prime Minister of Greece.
Shopping in Athens
If you go for shopping in Ermou and the surrounding areas, you will not be disappointed. Most of the time the road is flooded with tourists or locals who walk down to Ermou for shopping. If you prefer shopping from famous brands you can visit Kolonaki. There are plenty of shops to enjoy your coffee, brunch or lunch in a restaurant. Also popular areas for shopping are Bucharest Road, Glyfada, and Kifissia. For those of you who want to visit a mall with all the amenities you can go to Avenue, The Mall Athens, Golden Hall, Notos, Attica.
Food in Athens. What to try.
In the capital of Greece, one is certain. You will find restaurants and street food with flavors from around the world. From Oriental kebabs to Japanese sushi, your choices are endless. We recommend you to try souvlaki and gyros with tzatziki. If you are a meat lover you will have many choices in the taverns, but if you prefer fish, your choices are certainly good.
Endless food choices
You will find many shops, especially in the center, where you can try a popular dish, this is Moussaka. For breakfast you can try koulouri or spinach pie. Of course there are many types of pies you can try, for example with cheese, minced meat, chicken and leek.
Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH)
The new Athens airport has been operating in Athens since 2001 in replacement of the old Helliniko airport. It serves approximately 24 million visitors each year and is located 30 km from the center of Athens. By car you can go from the Attica Road and there are alternative means of transport like a shuttle bus, a subway or suburban transport options.
The subway ride to and from the airport takes about 45 minutes and you need to board the Metro line 3 (blue line).
Access to the Suburban Railway
Eleftherios Venizelos Airport connects to Ano Liosia via Larissa Station. More information at 14511 or the suburban website
There are four bus routes to get to Athens. You will find them at the Arrivals Level between Exits 4 and 5. For more information you can contact 11185 or the OASA website.
There are 5 lines connecting Athens International Airport with major cities and starting point arrivals between Exits 2 and 3. For more information you can contact the Kifissos Bus Station (+302105124910, +302105124911, +302105132601) and KTEL +302108317186).
You can find the taxi rank between Exits 2 and 3 at the level of arrivals. Charges from the airport to the city of Athens are 38 euros in the morning and 54 euros in the evening from 12:00 a.m. to 05:00 a.m. in the morning.
Cheap Car hire at Athens Airport
Renting a car at Athens Airport with Thessaloniki Car Rental is the best option in terms of cost and convenience. There are various offers for cheap car rental in Athens airport, depending on the season. For example there is an offer during the winter, where you can find a cheap car rental from 70 euros per week.
Thessaloniki Car Rental has the best prices and a large fleet of cars for hire at Athens Airport. You can rent a Van at Athens Airport for large groups or just go for a cheap car rental. Rental is provided with unlimited kilometers and 24-hour road assistance.
Why cheap car rental at Athens airport
We ensure that you will enjoy the most convenient type of transportation, without stress, at the cheapest market prices. A member of our staff will be waiting for you at the tourist bus stop next to exit B5. You will be transported with our Shuttle Van to your pick-up area just 5 minutes from the airport. The company’s Shuttle Van runs from the airport to the vehicle pickup area every 15 minutes.