The Best Hotels in Athens

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 24, 2022

Our Favorite Athens Hotels

• 5-Star Hotel: Grande Bretagne
• Boutique Hotel: AthensWas
• Cheap Hotel: Phaedra
• Family Hotel: Ava Hotel & Suites
• Hotel Pool: Royal Olympic
• View of Acropolis: Electra Palace
• Airport Hotel: Sofitel Athens Airport
• Ferry Port: Triton Hotel
• Best Beach Resort: Four Seasons

Hotel in Athens with view of Acropolis and Parthenon.

The excellent 4-star Electra Palace Hotel has a great location in the Plaka and good views of the Parthenon and Acropolis.

Athens Hotels – Tips & Recommendations

  • Athens is a great city. I love it. You might have heard it’s ugly (and some areas are) but there’s much to see within the walkable central area. It has the Acropolis and the two best museums in Greece. The streets are filled with great food and lively restaurants. Athens can easily fill 2 full days of quality sightseeing. Recommended stay: 2 to 3 full days.
  • Where to Stay in Athens: The best neighborhoods for visitors are Plaka, Monastiraki, Syntagma, Koukaki, and Kolonaki – all are walking distance to the Acropolis and other top historical sites.
  • Athens is packed with tourists from May to October. Book hotels early for the best deals.
  • Best Luxury Hotel in Athens: Grande Bretagne on Syntagma Square. A classic. One of my favorite hotels in Europe.
  • Best Boutique Hotel in Athens: AthensWas Hotel in Plaka.
  • Best Cheap Hotels in Athens: Phaedra Hotel (Plaka) • A for Athens (Psirri/Monastiraki) • Athens Center Square (Monastiraki)
  • Best Beach Resorts on Athens Riviera (20+ minutes south of Athens): Four Seasons Astir PalaceDivani Apollon Palace & ThalassoAegeon Beach Hotel
  • Best Hotels in Athens for Families: Ava Hotel and SuitesGrecotel Pallas Athena
  • Most ferries to Santorini, Mykonos, and the Greek Islands leave between 7am and 8am from the Piraeus ferry port. If you’re catching one of these ferries then stay close to the Monastiraki metro station (which has quick direct trains to the ferry port for just 1.40€). If you take a taxi it doesn’t matter where you stay. Good hotels close to Monastiraki Station (for easy access to the train to the ferry port): A for AthensPlaka Hotel360 DegreesAdrian Hotel
  • Taxi from the airport to downtown hotels costs 38€. From downtown hotels to the ferry port costs about 15€.
  • Don’t stay in Omonia Square or in Piraeus (ferry port). They’re not unsafe but are gritty, somewhat ugly, and there are better places to stay.
  • The best restaurant in Plaka is Psarras (Fisherman’s Taverna) – magical location on the steps below the Acropolis with fantastic traditional Greek dishes.
  • The best bar in central Athens is Brettos in Plaka. Great friendly vibe.
  • Best Tours in Athens – There are several great tours in central Athens.

The 16 Best Hotels in Athens

1. Hotel Grande Bretagne – Syntagma Square

The best luxury hotel in Athens: The Grande Bretagne near the Acropolis and Plaka
Hotel phone: +30 21033 30000
The best hotel in Athens. Situated on Syntagma Square in the center of the action and walking distance to nearly all major attractions. The spa, rooftop restaurant, and bar are wonderful – the latter worth a visit even if you’re not a guest.
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2. King George Hotel – Syntagma Square

The best hotel views of the Acropolis: King George Hotel in Syntagma.
Hotel phone:+30 21032 22210
Wonderful location (adjacent to the Grande Bretagne) with Syntagma Square at your door, shops all about, and Plaka and Acropolis a short walk away. Rooms are beautifully decorated. Staff top notch.
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3. AthensWas Hotel – Plaka

Luxury hotel in Athens near Plaka with view of Parthenon.
Hotel phone: +30 21092 49954
The best hotel in Plaka. New and modern boutique hotel on a pedestrian-only street in Plaka. Rooms are spacious, stylish, and comfortable. Great breakfast included. Highly recommended.
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4. Andronis Athens – Psirri

Andronis Athens hotel exterior
Hotel Phone: +30 21032 32244
Tiny luxury hotel (just 6 suites) in the stylish Psirri neighborhood, known for its restaurants and nightlife. Rooms feature eclectic decor and spacious walk-in showers. Elegant and Executive Suites have private terraces and claw-foot bathtubs; the split-level Elegant Suite also boasts a view of the Acropolis. Its open-air cafe serves Greek and international dishes all day with an especially great brunch, inventive cocktails, and an excellent wine list.
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5. Coco-Mat Hotel – Kolonaki

Trendy boutique hotel in Kolonaki, Athens.
Hotel phone: +30 21072 30000
Comfortable beds, modern decor, and a rooftop bar with amazing views – a great value hotel in a classy, cafe-filled neighborhood. Near many restaurants and shops, with major museums, Plaka, and Acropolis all within a 25 minute walk.
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6. Perianth Hotel – Monastiraki

Hotel in central Athens near Parthenon.
Hotel phone: +30 21032 16660
Luxury boutique hotel with a wellness center and Italian restaurant. This design-forward hotel features an Art Deco exterior and an interior filled with contemporary Greek art. Rooms and suites all have balconies and king-sized beds, some with views of the Acropolis. The Penthouse Suite boasts a private rooftop jacuzzi and pool. Excellent location in Monastiraki, just a short walk to the train station, several excellent bars and restaurants, and shopping on Ermou Street.
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7. New Hotel – Plaka

Boutique hotel in Plaka, Athens, Greece.
Hotel phone: +30 21032 73000
A superbly renovated central downtown hotel two minutes’ walk from Syntagma Square. Modern design and decor, helpful extras like electronic blackout shades, great rooftop bar and restaurant.
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8. Electra Palace Hotel – Plaka

The best hotel in Plaka: Electra Palace Hotel
Hotel Phone: +30 21033 70000
Rooftop pool has amazing views of the Acropolis (there’s also an indoor pool in the basement). Beautiful grounds in a great location with shops and restaurants only steps away. The large triple rooms are good for families.
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9. Periscope Hotel – Kolonaki

Athens hotel with private pool and view.
Hotel phone: +30 21072 97200
Modern, minimalist four-star boutique hotel. The 2-story Penthouse Suite has great rooftop views and an outdoor jacuzzi. Located on a quiet street in upscale Kolonaki, near many restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping.
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10. Grecotel Pallas Athena – Omonia Square

Grecotel Pallas Athena in Athens
Hotel phone: +30 21032 50900
Family-friendly, 4-star hotel with a play area and connecting rooms. Rooms, suites, and lofts all feature bespoke decor, either one-of-a-kind graffiti murals or elegant, minimalist style. Dining is excellent at their Greek-Mediterranean restaurant with an especially wonderful hot and cold breakfast buffet. Located near Kotzia Square, just a 3-minute walk to the Central Market and less than a 10-minute walk to the Plaka and shopping at Ermou Street and the Monastiraki Flea Market.
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11. O&B Athens Boutique Hotel – Psirri

4 star hotel in Athens with view of Acropolis.
Hotel phone: +30 21033 12940
Cozy and comfortable hotel with great Acropolis views and an excellent buffet breakfast. Just one minutes’ walk from Thisio Metro Station, ten minutes from the Acropolis, and two minutes from the flea market.
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12. St George Lycabettus – Kolonaki

Hotel with best Acropolis View in Athens.
Hotel phone: +30 21074 16000
Comfortably elegant hotel at the foot of Lycabettus Hill with incredible views over Athens, the Parthenon, and the Acropolis. If you don’t spring for a view room (but you should), you can enjoy the panorama from the rooftop restaurant, lounge, and swimming pool.
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13. Royal Olympic Hotel – Plaka

Four star hotel in Athens with Pool.
Hotel Phone: +30 21092 88400
A great hotel with a wonderful central location – cross one busy street and you’re in the heart of Plaka. The Acropolis and Acropolis Museum are a short walk away. The rooftop restaurant has incredible views of the sites. Suites are huge and luxurious.
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14. Athenaeum Intercontinental – Koukaki

Four Star Hotel in Central Athens
Hotel phone: +30 21092 06000
Rooms are huge and some have amazing views of the Acropolis. The swimming pool is great. The hotel is located a 20 minute walk from Plaka and a free shuttle bus runs guests to the main tourist spots every 30 minutes. There’s also a tram and metro station nearby to take you to Syntagma Square. If location is of prime importance then this might not be your place, but the hotel itself is a great choice.
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15. Four Seasons Astir Palace – Athens Riviera

Best beach hotel near Athens.
Hotel phone: +30 21089 01000
Stunning setting on a private peninsula on the stretch of coast south of Athens. Great beach, pool, restaurants, kids club, and every kind of outdoor activity you can name. 10 minutes to the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Glyfada, 20 minutes to the airport, and 30 minutes into central Athens. A free shuttle bus takes you to Glyfada (the hotel will pay for a taxi if the shuttle is delayed or full).
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Plaka Hotels

My favorite neighborhood in Athens. Yes, it’s very touristy but it also has a lively and friendly vibe. It’s a pedestrian-friendly warren of ancient streets nestled at the base of the Acropolis (the one must-see attraction in Athens). Plaka is filled with restaurants, tourist shops, and hotels. Sites include the Tower of the Winds, Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, Hadrian’s Arch, the Jewish Museum of Greece, and the Museum of Greek Folk Art. Served by Monastiraki station on metro lines 1 and 3.

Plaka neighborhood in Athens.

Plaka is filled with trendy cafes and hip restaurants.

The Best Hotels in Plaka

Monastiraki Hotels

Neighboring Plaka and having a similar feel, Monastiraki is also a great area to stay with many places to eat and shop. The neighborhood is a little less touristy and has more antique, arts, crafts, and clothing shops than Plaka. Sites here include the Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Stoa of Attalos, Hadrian’s Library, and the Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments. It’s also home to a large Flea Market every Sunday morning. The area is served by the Monastiraki station (lines 1 and 3). Line 1 is a direct route to Piraeus Ferry Port and line 3 heads directly to the Athens International Airport, making Monastiraki a good choice if you have an early ferry or plane to catch.

Monastiraki neighborhood in Athens.

A street in Monastiraki with the Acropolis perched overhead. The area is a little less touristy than Plaka and the restaurants attract more locals.

The Best Hotels in Monastiraki

Koukaki Hotels

Like Plaka and Monastiraki, the Koukaki area sits at the base of the Acropolis and looks up at the Parthenon. It’s an easy walk from here to Plaka and Syntagma but the area has a more local feel and not so touristy. There are many local restaurants and cafes on the streets and squares around the neighborhood. The Koukaki (and Makrigianni) area is well-served by the Akropoli and Sygrou-Fix stations on metro line 2.

Koukaki neighborhood in Athens.

My son looking down from the Acropolis on the Koukaki neighborhood and the Acropolis Museum (the large building with black windows).

The Best Hotels in Koukaki

Syntagma Hotels

The business and tourist hub of Athens. In Syntagma you’ll find 5-star hotels, restaurants, shopping, banks, airline offices, and the Greek Parliament buildings. Served by Syntagma metro station (lines 2 and 3). The National Historical Museum is located in the old Parliament building on Stadiou street and the National Gardens are a cool and shady retreat from the sweltering Athens’ summers.

Best hotel in Athens.

Athens’ best hotel, the Grande Bretagne, overlooks Syntagma Square and is an easy walk from Plaka and the Acropolis entrance.

The Best Hotels in Syntagma

Kolonaki Hotels

A residential neighborhood northwest of Syntagma Square that’s filled with upscale shops, restaurants, boutique hotels, and cafes. Sites include the Benaki Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, and National War Museum. It’s walking distance from here to Plaka and the Acropolis. Served by Syntagma station on metro line 2 & 3 and Evangelismos on metro line 3.

Kolonaki neighborhood in Athens.

Kolonaki is northwest of Syntagma and a 15 minute walk from Plaka. Here you’ll find small boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, and stairways (Kolonaki is on the side of a hill and depending on where you’re going can require lots of steps).

The Best Hotels in Kolonaki

Psirri Hotels

A little rough around the edges, Psirri is the neighborhood for hip bars, live music, and local authentic dining. There are not a lot of hotels in the area but it’s an easy walk from Monastiraki.

Psirri neighborhood in Athens.

A quiet street in Psirri. The area comes alive at night.

Piraeus Hotels (Ferry Port)

The port of Athens where the ferries arrive and depart for the islands. There’s not much here for tourists besides the ferries but if you need to catch an early ferry staying here is an option (but I would still recommend staying in Athens). In high season there are always tourists milling about the area near the port and the metro station so you need not fear an early morning departure or a late-night arrival. It’s about 30 minutes by metro (on line 1) from downtown Athens to the port. The Triton Hotel Piraeus is a 5-minute walk to the X96 airport bus and most ferries.

Recommended Hotels in Piraeus

Map of Athens Hotels

Plaka is the best area to stay in Athens. It’s very central for seeing all the best historical sites in Athens (except for the National Archaeological Museum which is a little out of the way and requires a short metro or taxi ride). It’s also busy day and night and feels very safe.

But you don’t have to stay right in Plaka to get that safe, busy, central feeling. Being a little outside Plaka area is fine too. Syntagma Square, Monastiraki, and Koukaki border Plaka and there’s no clear boundary as you leave Plaka and enter these neighborhoods.

The following hotels all have great locations in central Athens and are an easy walk to all the major sites in the area. The Acropolis, Plaka, the Acropolis Museum, the Ancient Agora, and a half-dozen historical sites of Ancient Athens are within walking distance of all the hotels listed below.

Hotels in Central Athens.

  • A for Athens – Steps from the Monastiraki metro station (for direct trains to the Piraeus ferry port and the airport).
  • Athens Gate Hotel – Very close to Plaka and Acropolis Museum and directly across from Hadrian’s Gate and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
  • AthensWas – Surrounded by bars and restaurants and close to the Acropolis Museum and a metro station.
  • Ava Hotel and Suites – Great location in Plaka and a two-minute walk to Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
  • Divani Palace Acropolis – In the non-touristy neighborhood of Koukaki. Close to the Acropolis and steps from the Acropolis Museum.
  • Electra Metropolis – Just off a funky pedestrian-only street, close to Syntagma and walking distance to Plaka and the Monastiraki metro station.
  • Electra Palace Hotel – The best hotel location in the heart of Plaka. Great views of the Acropolis. On a quiet street but steps from shops and restaurants.
  • Grande Bretagne – Athens’ best hotel located on the city’s most famous square. The Syntagma Metro Station is steps from the hotel.
  • King George – Directly beside the Grande Bretagne on Syntagma Square.
  • New Hotel – Steps from the shops and restaurants of the Plaka.
  • NJV Athens Plaza – Beside the King George Hotel and on Syntagma Square.
  • Phaedra Hotel – Great location in Plaka
  • Plaka Hotel – In Plaka and close to Monastiraki metro station (which has a direct link to the Piraeus ferry port so is perfect for catching early morning ferry departures).
  • Royal Olympic Hotel – Close to Hadrian’s Gate and across a busy road from Plaka and Acropolis Museum.

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  1. Athens Grand Hyatt Hotel

    Hi Dave, we are staying at the Grand Hyatt in Athens next year and we are curious about the location. We don’t mind walking at all and plan to go shopping and to the Acropolis. The hotel has great reviews, but looking to get your thoughts on the location? Are the streets to Syntagma square and the Acropolis walking-friendly? Sidewalks? Safe? Thank you!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s about a 20-minute walk from the Grand Hyatt to the Acropolis Museum – then a bit more to the Acropolis, Plaka, and Syntagma. There are good-quality sidewalks the entire way but it is a busy road and I wouldn’t call it a pleasant walk. There are few sites and plenty of noise and traffic. After a few blocks it’s best to cut over a block or two to the west and then walk the neighborhood streets to get to the Plaka.

  2. Athens Boutique Hotel

    I had a friend who stayed at the Ergon House and loved it. Any thoughts on it?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Great for foodies. Good central location.

  3. Staying in Central Athens


    I will be staying in Athens the first week of June. Hotels are starting to become limited even now (5 months in advance) but I do have a reservation at the Elia Ermou hotel. Do you have any information or comments on this hotel/area?

    Thank you.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Good value hotel with convenient central location – an easy walk to two metro stations, the Plaka, the Acropolis, and lots of restaurants. Not a “pretty” area but perfectly safe and fine.

  4. Electra Palace Hotel in Athens

    Hi Dave,
    Great site! Some reviews of the Electra Palace Athens hotel indicate that it is tired and worn. Your opinion? Thanks!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I just stayed there in the fall and thought it was still very nice. The location is great. Could it use an update? Yeah, probably – especially the breakfast area. But tired and worn? No, I wouldn’t say that. The Grande Bretagne remains my favorite place to stay in Athens.

  5. Staying at NJV Athens

    Dear Dave

    Thank you for the awesome site…and would like to get your advice on below

    1) I’ll be staying in NJV Athens Plaza in October. What’s your comment on this hotel?
    2) Are there any good restaurants close to NJV that you recommended.
    3) Is it acceptable for ourselves to go & visit all the famous place in Athens instead of joining a Private Athens Tour.
    4) If a private tour is needed, 4hrs is enough?

    FYI), I’ll be staying in Athens for 3 nights, but only have 2 full days. Any suggestions that I must do during those 2 full days. Thank you.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      1. Very nice hotel in good central location.
      2. Yes, many good restaurants close to hotel. Walk to the west on Perikleous or Kolokotroni streets. Lots of good places in that area. Also, the rooftop restaurant at the Grande Bretagne (next door to the NJV) is excellent.
      3. You’ll see and learn more on a private tour.
      4. 4 to 6 hour tours are a good length.

  6. Electra Metropolis, Electra Palace or Athens Gate

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks so much for offering such a good site with wonderful inforamtion.

    My fiance and I will be spending 3 nights in Athens at the end of our honeymoon in early-to-mid September and have narrowed our hotel down to Athens Gate, Electra Palace or Electra Metropolis.

    Which one would you recommend for us? First day when we get there we’ll probably just roam around the shops / walk around Plaka. 2nd day we are actually taking a day trip out to Pavlia to visit where my ancestors were from. 3rd day we will take either a half or full day private tour of Athens (would you recommend full day?).

    1) Athens Gate – least expensive and would have 6th floor room facing Acropolis (good view?) to avoid the noise on the other side.
    2) Electra Palace – has a pool, good location as well, but no room views.
    3) Electra Metropolis – I don’t know as much about this one.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      They’re all nice hotels. Electra Metropolis is very new and fully refurbished which is nice. Athens Gate is a little closer to the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis but all have good central locations. Electra Palace is on the quietest street. The Metropolis and Palace are an easy walk from the Monastiraki station (and direct trains to the ferry port). Athens Gate is a little farther and maybe too far with luggage.

  7. Itinerary for Athens and Greek Islands

    Hi Dave

    Hi Dave
    Thank you for the recommendations and detailed information provided. My partner and I will be in visiting Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos from 23 August to 1 September and would like your thoughts on the following:
    1. Athens – We booked at the Central Athens Hotel (23-25 August). How is the hotel in terms of location, cleanliness, and safety?
    2. Santorini – We take a ferry from Athens to Santorini. We stay in Santorini for 2 nights at Villa Maria Dimagou. Are two nights sufficient for Santorini? We reach Santorini in the afternoon on 25 August and depart for Mykonos on 27 August.
    3. Mykonos – reach 27 August (not sure of ferry times yet). What would be a good location and hotel to stay at in Mykonos?
    4. Should we stay here for the full 4 nights (27 – 31 August) or stay on another island such as Paros or Crete?
    5. What is the best mode of transport to return to Athens from Mykonos – ferry or plane? If plane which one?
    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Kind regards

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      1. Nice hotel, central location.
      2. No, two nights is not enough.
      3. Mykonos Town is my favorite place to stay, but some people prefer the beaches (Ornos and Platys Gialos are the best).
      4. I would add 2 nights to Santorini and stay 2 nights in Mykonos.
      5. Ferry is easiest, but if you’re flying straight out of Athens then might as well fly from Mykonos.

  8. InnAthens Hotel

    Hey Dave. What are your thoughts on InnAthens hotel? Cheers!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I love the wine bar that is right at the front entrance (and the courtyard). It’s almost reason enough to stay here. It’s a trendy boutique hotel. Great location. The streets immediately around it are busy and not idyllic but the Plaka and National Gardens are a short walk in two different directions.

  9. Met34 Hotel

    Any thoughts on the Met34 hotel in Athens?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Brand new and great location in the Plaka/Syntagma area. I will be visiting it in about a month but haven’t stayed there yet. Looks nice though.

  10. 3 Days in Athens

    Hi Dave.
    What am amazing website. So comprehensive and complete! One of the best and practical sites.
    Need your guidance on the following:
    1) We are staying in Athens (Kiniskas, Athina) from 29th May morning to 1st June morning (we take the early morning blue star ferry to Santorini as per your recommendation on 1st morning). Are we staying too long in Athens?
    2) If yes, do you suggest any specific day trips – as I am assuming we will finish seeing the Acropolis and Plaka area in one day. Even if we explore Monastiraki, it will still give us one and a half days to try something else.
    What do you advise?

    Thank you so much for all your inputs.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Athens has a lot to see if you’re interested in more than the top sights. So it’s certainly easy to fill 3 days in Athens with interesting things to do. That said, you’re right – you can get through the most popular attractions in a day or two. My favorite day trip from Athens is the small charming city of Nafplio in the Peloponnese.

  11. Honeymoon in Athens and Greek Islands

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks so much for all the wonderful information! My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon to Greece August 28 – September 5th. We will be flying in to Mykonos, staying for 3 nights, ferry to Santorini for 4 nights, and then either ferry or flight to Athens for 1 night prior to a flight home at 11:30am on 9/5. A few questions for you

    1. Should I book ferry tickets now for Mykonos-Santorini or should they be available closer to the dates of our trip?
    2. Do you suggest flying from Santorini to Athens or taking a ferry? We will only be in Athens for the day. Is it best to take an early flight or early ferry to have most of the day to tour Athens?
    3. I was looking at A for Athens for accommodations for the night – is this a reasonable hotel to stay in for easy access once we arrive in Athens and easy access to the airport?

    Thank you for your help!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Don’t have to book ferry tickets now (flights and hotel are much more important to get confirmed). Booking ferry tickets 2 to 4 weeks in advance is fine (unless there is one specific ferry that you must be on, the book earlier). Santorini to Athens can be a long ferry ride. I still prefer it over the hassle of flying but if time is precious then flying is best. A For Athens has a great central location for sightseeing, ferry port access (by train), and airport access (by train in opposite direction).

  12. Itinerary for Athens and Greek Islands

    Hi. Dave. Love reading your blog.
    I’m planning to visit Greece in May. I intend to visit the following cities. Appreciates you advise if the following travel plan is possible.
    a. Upon arrival in Athens, city tour. Stay 1 night in Athens. The next day, fly from Athens to Kalambaka on afternoon flight, stay 1 night in Kalambaka
    b. Fly from Kalambaka to Zante on evening flight, stay 2 nights in Zante
    c. Fly from Zante to Athens on morning flight, then
    d. Take an afternoon ferry from Athens to Mykonos, stay 1/2 night (please recommend no of night)
    e. Take an afternoon ferry from Mykonos to Santorini, stay 2 nights
    f. Fly from Santorini to Athens, stay 1 night then fly home.
    Please recommend. Thank you very much.
    Best regards.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Possible? Yes. Recommended? Not really. That time getting to and from Zante would be much better used visiting islands close to Mykonos and Santorini (or just spending more time on Mykonos and Santorini).

  13. Itinerary for Athens and Greece

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for all the Info you give us..This is so helpful..Me and my husband are travelling to Greece between May 1st to 10th. We are travelling from India and is a 12 hour flight with transits. We should reach Athens by 2pm in the afternoon.

    This how we have roughly planned :
    a) Athens – 1st afternoon – 3rd morning.
    *Post breakfast we are catching our flight to Santorini
    b) Santorini – 3rd – 6th afternoon
    c) Mykonos – 6th evening/night – 10th morning

    Does this itinerary sound right to you?

    Also if we are just in Athens for the 1st evening and the whole of 2nd – where should we stay? We would like to keep within budget in Athens and not splurge much on stay,but do want to opt for a good cosy and neat place. Where would you suggest? Also what is the best way to ensure we get a glimpse of the Athens highlights and get a hold on their specialty local eateries in this time span? How should we chalk out a plan?

    Thank you so much for all your help in advance.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Plaka Hotel and Adrian Hotel are two good moderately priced hotels with central locations in Athens for sightseeing. Otherwise your itinerary looks good.

  14. Electra Palace Hotel and Ava Hotel

    Hi Dave,

    Your blog is wonderful! Thank you for all the hard work you put into it. My boyfriend and I are going to Greece in June to celebrate his birthday. I am having a hard time deciding between Electra Palace Hotel and Ava Hotel in Athens. Both have excellent reviews with great views of the Acropolis. Could you help me choose between the two? I am looking for an elegant and romantic experience. Christina

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both are wonderful hotels and very central. Electra has the beautiful rooftop pool and is a little closer to the metro station at Syntagma. Ava is on a more charming street (with more foot traffic) and right in the thick of the fun Plaka scene. (The two hotels are a 5 minute walk from each other so the differences in location are subtle.)

  15. Hotel Locations in Athens

    Hi Dave,
    Thank you for the useful information you provide. I wish I knew about this before. Anyways can you please let me know what do you think about 18 Micon street in Athens, location wise. The price is very good and the hotel is new but was not sure if it in a good location? also The Athens Status Suites in Plaka? Thanks a million.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      18 Micon is in a trendy but scruffy area (if that makes any sense). It’s generally safe but doesn’t always look or feel safe. It’s about a 3 minute walk to Monastiraki metro stop where there are lots of tourists (and direct trains to both the ferry port and airport). Athens Status Suites is more in the thick of the touristy area (and a 3 minute walk from the Monastiraki station in the opposite direction).

  16. Hotels in Athens and Santorini

    Hello Dave!
    Thank you so much for all of the wonderful information on your website. My husband and I will be celebrating our 15th anniversary in Athens and Santorini. We are staying at Onar Villas in Oia and in Athens, I am looking at Sweet Home Hotel. What are your thoughts on these two hotels?
    Sherill Mascia

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I just stayed at Onar yesterday (for 3 nights) and loved it. Great place with wonderful views. Very friendly owners. The only thing I might improve is the breakfast – which is fine but not fantastic. Sweet Home Hotel in Athens is very nice with a great central location a short walk to good restaurants and many of the top historical sites (including the Acropolis).

  17. Where to Stay for One Night in Athens before Flight

    We are taking the Blue Star from Santorini to Piraeus and arrive, as you know, late in the evening. We have a flight the next morning to Rome at 6 am. We are traveling with our two children/teenagers. Should we go straight to a hotel at the airport or stay in Piraeus for the night and then go very very early in the morning to the airport? Recommendations for hotels in whichever place you recommend would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I would go straight to the Athens Airport Sofitel and stay there. They have a nice pool too.

  18. Athens and Greek Islands

    Hi Dave,
    Came across your website and found it very interesting and helpful. Would really love to get your feedback on few things.
    1) Any suggestion on Hotel Melia in Athens?
    2) Is it advisable to take a day trip to Paros/Naxos from Mikonos or should we stop at those two islands when we go from Mikonos to Santorini? Our only concern was we are 8 people (2 families) and were concerned about carrying all that luggage from Mikonos to Paros to Naxos to Santorini.
    Dennis M.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Hotel Melia is a nice 4 star hotel in a not-great area. It’s near Omonia Square which is rundown and a little seedy. On the good side it’s convenient for the metro, hop on/hop off bus, and an easy 10 minute walk to the Plaka.

      In regards to visiting Paros and Naxos, I would definitely stay the night and not do day trips. Yes, it’s a bit of a pain packing up your bags but not nearly as draining as retracing your steps and wasting precious time on board a ferry.

  19. Emporikon Hotel in Athens

    Hey Santorini Dave!

    How do you feel about Emporikon Athens Hotel? I was wanting to stay somewhere interesting and maybe more historic.

    Love your website, its so amazing! Thank you for all the information!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Nice hotel. The street it’s on is on the ugly side and can seem unsafe, but in reality it’s fine and just a few minutes to the most popular touristy spots.

  20. Connecting Flights in Athens

    The Best website EVER!!!!
    My Air France Flight lands in Athens at 13:50. Assuming the plane in on time, do yo think I can get my luggage and catch a 17:00 Flight to Chania on Aegean Airlines? Assuming the Air France flight is on time that gives me 3 hours to get my luggage and check-in with Aethean Airlines & get through security. Do you believe this is reasonable??


    Steve Famoso

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      That’s plenty of time (as long as your Air France flight is close to on-time).

  21. Getting To Athens Airport from Hotel

    Hi Dave,
    I took your suggestion and booked Myrto Hotel on April 3 however I ended up booking not the one close in Athens city center but one that is located in Mati near to Athens International Airport.

    It’s also good for I have a 7am flight via Ryan air going to Santorini the following day. Just want to ask for clear instructions on how to go to the hotel via bus and if it is doable to take the bus early am going to the airport. Thank you in advance.

    Janet Mariano

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Hmmm, that’s why I left the link so that you booked the right hotel. Getting to and from that Myrto Hotel (the one in Mati) is not easy. It’s not really that close to the airport. You’ll need to take a KTEL bus from the airport to Rafina and then from there take a taxi. Same in the opposite direction. The airport to Rafina bus runs about every hour and departs between exits 2 and 3 opposite the Sofitel Hotel. For a 7am flight you’ll need to be up about 3am to be sure you make it. If you reserved your hotel with, which usually allows free cancelation, I would highly recommend canceling this reservation and booking something more convenient (in the Plaka or close to the airport).

  22. Metropolitan Hotel in Athens

    Hello Dave,
    We are 2 adults planning our first visit to Athens in May.
    Travelling light and want to take it easy.
    General sightseeing and want to enjoy the local ambiance!
    Have been recommended the Metropolitan Hotel.
    Can you comment on this hotel?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Located far from the city center and the top sights of Athens. Not much within walking distance. I would not recommend staying here unless you’re in hiding from law enforcement.

  23. Hotel Achilleas

    Hi Dave,

    I hope that it’s ok to ask your thoughts on another hotel?

    I have been looking at Achilleas Hotel on Lekka 21, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the location – we are wanting to see the main sites in Athens, preferably by walking.

    Thank you, Sharon C

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s a good cheap hotel. Very central location and an easy walk to the main sites (e.g. Plaka and Acropolis). It’s in the zone between the safe/touristy area and the sketchy-looking but still safe area north of Perikleous street. So, if you were to turn left out of the hotel you’d soon find yourself in an ugly/seedy but ultimately safe area. If you turn right out of the hotel you’ll be in a busy pedestrian area that (besides a few pickpockets) feels very safe. So, I’d say it’s perfectly fine as long as you’re not expecting a charming/romantic street/immediate area.

  24. Family Hotel with Good Location in Athens

    Hello Dave,

    I am really enjoying the information on your blog and your recommendations.

    I would love your thoughts on a few hotels that fit within our budget – Hermes Hotel, Astor Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Best Western Amazon, or the Concierge Athens II. We are a family of 4 (2 adults & children 12 & 10) we are looking for a central, safe location close to the sites or metro access that is in a nicer part of Athens.

    I really appreciate your help, trying to decide and looking at street view maps is confusing me more.

    Thank you kindly, Sharon

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Crowne Plaza is a good distance from the main sightseeing areas – but the other 4 are all very central and an easy walk to the Acropolis and others sights. The Hermes has the best combination of quality and location.

  25. Public Holidays in Athens – What's Open?

    Hi Dave – great website and info thank you – we are booking Electra Palace on your recommendation for the weekend of 25-27 February – the Monday is a public holiday in Greece so do you know if everything wlll be open as usual or do some of the attractions close?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      During a public holiday public transportation will be running though likely at a reduced schedule. Tourist shops, restaurants, and cafes will be open. Banks closed. Most (government-run) historical sites are closed on major holidays. The big holidays are January 1, March 25, April 12, May 1, December 25 and 26. So, you’ll be fine for your February visit.

  26. Hotel near Athens Airport

    Dave – your site has brought me so many great suggestions and I feel so confident about my trip now! I do have a one inquiry though…on my return, we spend one night in Athens…arriving from Santorini in the late evening and heading home from Athens very early the following morning. We are looking for a decent but not overly pricey hotel for just one night that is near the airport. Do you have a suggestion?

    Thank you!
    Kirsten Dahlhauser

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Athens Airport Sofitel is very nice (good pool too) and is just steps from the airport. It’s a 4 star hotel but rates are not that expensive. It’s definitely the best hotel near the Athens airport.

  27. Athens and Santorini in November

    Hello. My husband and I are planning a trip to Athens and Santorini in November, arriving on the 20yh and leaving on the 26th. We will be staying for 2.5 days in Athens first then take the ferry to Santorini to spend another 2.5 days there before flying out from Santorini to Athens then Athens going back home on the same day.

    My questions are:
    1. Is November still a good time to visit Greece?
    2. We are having difficulty booking a hotel in Oia maybe either because a lot of the hotels are closed this season or are just really fully booked. We found though Asteras Villas in Fira and it looks promising. Is this a good choice? We would like a nice hotel with a good view and is quite accessible to restaurants where we could spend my birthday comfortably. We checked out your top hotel suggestions in Oia and all have no availability on our travel dates. Would you have other suggestions?

    Thank you.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Athens and Santorini can be great in November as long as you’re not expecting sunny days at the beach. Weather can be anything from cool to warmish. Skies will most likely be clear but cloudy with some rain is definitely a possibility.

      For Santorini hotels, Asteras is a fine choice. Nice views and great location. If Oia is your preferred location good hotels there that appear to have availability in late November included Delfini Villas, Fanari Villas, and Armeni Luxury Villas.

  28. New Year's Party in Athens

    Hi Dave,

    Thumbs up for this wonderful website full of extremely useful info!

    I’m planning to go to Athens to celebrate New Year’s there along with by 2 friends (we’re 3 girls). The plan is to stay at Electra’s, but we still don’t know where to spend New Year’s Eve. I tried searching for a class A restaurant/bar in Athens, that would be perfect for such an eve, but I still can’t find anything. Any tips? What would you recommend for such a night? thanks a lot for your help.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      For something fun, slightly formal, and festive I’d go with the party at the Grande Bretagne (reservations a must). For something more easy-going (and last minute) I’d wander to the bars and cafes along Adrianou street – very lively and fun. Kuzina is the best restaurant on that strip and has a great rooftop area with wonderful views of the Acropolis (they have heaters if it’s cold out).

  29. Athens to Naxos

    Hi Dave, my husband, daughter and I will be arriving in Athens April 12 at around 1215 pm and will be travelling to other countries in Europe after Greece. I am planning to leave our 2 luggage in the airport upon arrival so we can go to Naxos (2 days) via plane or ferry then ferry to Santorini (3 days) then fly back to Athens for 4 days until we leave for Vienna. What time will the ferry be to Naxos on April 12 (not available on the website)?
    Will we have enough time to leave our luggage in the airport then go to the port to catch the ferry on the same day? or I am also thinking of taking the flight from Athens to Naxos, if available? Or should we stay overnight in Athens and take the ferry to Naxos the following day April 13 which will limit our time in Naxos (overnight only) so not too keen on this.

    When will the tickets for the ferries and planes be available on the website?

    Thank you for your help

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      In mid-April there probably won’t be a later ferry in the day going from Athens to Naxos. The only ferry will be the early morning Blue Star that leaves around 7 or 7:30am. So it’s either fly directly to Naxos from Athens or wait for the next morning’s ferry to Athens. (Or better yet, fly Athens to Santorini, as this is the longest leg, and you’ll save the most time by flying.)

  30. Luxury Hotels in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I really have to Appreciate all the details that you have given for all the Places, They are the best for those cities/islands.

    I would love to have your Suggestions regarding my Greece trip that i’ve planned in August end with my wife, Pls let me know if the Hotel/Resort choice is right in Mykonos and Santorini.

    In Athens we will be staying for 2 nights in Grande Bretagne.

    In Mykonos we will be staying for 4 nights in Bill and Coo Suites and Lounge.

    In Santorini we will be staying for 3 nights in Cavo Tagoo.

    From Mykonos to Santorini we are going by Ferry, Athens to Mykonos and Santorini. Back to Athens we are taking Flight.

    Would love to hear back from you.

    Puneet Dalmia

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      All those hotels are wonderful. Bill and Coo in Mykonos is a little out of the way so plan on taking a few taxis while there. I just stayed at the Grande Bretagne a few weeks back and it still has a ton a charm that makes it the best hotel in Athens. Cato Tagoo in Santorini is brand new so everything will be new and shiny.

  31. Fly or Ferry from Athens to Santorini

    Hello Dave,

    First, I just want to say Thank you. Your website is first class! It has all the information and I have planned a trip to Athens and Santorini in October ‘16 with my wife and my 2 year old baby. I am planning 3 days in Athens and 4 days at Santorini. I’ve got all details on hotel details, thanks to your blog.

    Due to this short trip, I am not sure if I should take the ferry or flight to Santorini. Also I’ve read about its slow process and waiting times at Santorini airport, do you have any info on this? Specially as I am travelling with a baby.

    Thanks once again and keep blogging.

    Mathew Francis

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I much prefer taking the ferry. Yes it does take longer than flying but the ferries leave early and the fast ferry (the Helenic Seaways) gets you to Santorini in about 5 hours. It’s far more relaxing than dealing with airport security.

  32. Romantic Restaurant with View of Acropolis

    Hi Dave!

    Your website has helped me plan what I think will be an incredible honeymoon in Greece. Question for you. Our last night will be our only one in Athens – we’ll be coming from Paros, arriving via ferry around 3PM. We have a 10AM flight the next day, so really one evening. I’d love to see the Acropolis and have a nice view of the sunset that evening, potentially over dinner. We’re staying at the Intercontinental – do you have any recommendations for a restaurant or location to do this?

    Thank you!

    Chris Saxon

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Strofi has wonderful views of the Parthenon and great food. It’s on the quieter, less touristy side of the Acropolis (close to the Acropolis Museum if you wanted to squeeze that in) and about a 20 minute walk from the Intercontinental. Reservations recommended.

  33. Where To Go (Off the Beaten Track)

    Hello Dave!

    What a fantastic website you have! I have been researching Greece for over two weeks now and have posted on forums etc for advise but have come up with nothing to help me. (lots of insults however) There is a lot of valuable info here so thank you!
    Our plan is to go to Greece in July has gone from exciting to complicated. Where do you go? So much to choose from. Do you do the Cyclades or the off the beaten track? What an incredible country!

    I have two questions for you:

    1) Accommodation in Athens: I am not usually a hotel type of person, we are more adventurous and try to stay in more alternative, quirky places. We use AirBnB a lot and love the lovely apartments and interacting with the owners, reading their guide books, cooking in their kitchen on occasion. (love shopping at local markets) Its more personal and rewarding but I feel Athens might be different (not enough time, rushing, ferries to catch or tours to do) and I will be travelling with my 8 year old son and probably without an internet connection to start with so maybe a hotel will be more practical as they can help, call us taxi’s to the port and so on. Do you know of any quirky, hip, different hotels or boutique guesthouses that aren’t too expensive?

    2) We have no idea where to go and have learned of late that for two weeks its best to choose two islands close together and leave it at that, that anything else is impossible. How does one even begin to choose between say the Cyclades and the Sporades? We do prefer the less crowded and touristy areas (but impossible to find in July I know) and like culture, food, people, pretty towns, ports and beaches over ruins and history although we will spend a day or two visiting some of them as its sacrilege not to. We love nature and authentic experiences although Santorini looks like a must and understandably so. These are the ideas we had:

    1) Peloponnese and perhaps Kythera (do some exploring in this area, perhaps visit Kalmata)
    2) Hydra and Spetses
    3) Sifnos and Santorini
    4) Thessaloniki and Skopelos (5 days in Thessaloniki and a week in Skopelos)

    We have two weeks for the above and my son and I will have an extra 5 days on our own before joining my husband on the 11 th of July which is when the two weeks starts so we could do say Santorini on our own from Athens? Which Itinerary makes the most sense from a practical point of view? Connections, ferries, for us etc plus being worth seeing or do you have any other ideas or must sees/do’s?

    Two adults plus one boy age 8 – well traveled, love adventure. Renting a car is an option but not necessary unless we do mainland over islands.

    Any advise or suggestions would be hugely appreciated!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, July is high season – it usually gets into full gear after the 20th. Accommodation prices also go up accordingly. Still, it is ultimately a buyer’s market and the fixed government rates are usually only adhered to when the demand is close to capacity. That means that if you decide on an itinerary it’s probably wise to slot in some bookings to be on the safe side. Let’s take your own suggestions one by one.

      1) Peloponnese and perhaps Kythera (do some exploring in this area, perhaps visit Kalamata)

      You can tour the Peloponnese in a hire car making a clockwise or anticlockwise circle and easily fill up your two weeks. Places to visit would be the Argolis peninsula with the archaeological sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae and a stay at either cosmopolitan Nafplio (hotel bookings essential) or beachside Tolo. Move south along the coast to take in the third (eastern leg of the Peloponnese) where a visit to mystical Monemvasia would be on everyone’s agenda. You can ferry your car to Kythira from Neapoli for a 2-3 day visit. Known as ‘little Australia’ for its many Greek migrants who went there, Kythira has spirit of place and it grows on you slowly. You might find that you don’t want to leave when it’s time to head back to the mainland. You can ferry it to Gythio – thus saving you some driving – and then you are well placed to tour the austere (for some), but beautiful Mani peninsula. Kalamata is a busy southern Greek town. Is it worth it? Don’t linger … Go to Koroni, Finikounda, and Methoni over on the first (westernmost) leg and linger there. If time allows, take the long road back to Athens via Olympia and Patra, or head back on the fast highway that runs from Kalamata to Athens.

      2) Hydra and Spetses

      Both are popular Greek and international holiday spots. You won’t need a car on either – as there aren’t any, at least not for tourists and private motorists. Of the two, Spetses is for beaches (which you can get to on hired motor scooters) and you can get around town on hired horse and buggies. Hydra is for haute cuisine, fashion, and hobnobbing with yachties. Only one decent beach to speak of and you have to walk a far way to get there. Nice, but not as nice as your next two suggestions …

      3) Sifnos and Santorini

      Not the usual combination – Santorini commonly gets paired with Mykonos, or either Naxos, Paros, or Crete – but a doable one. Both islands share the same Cycladic culture, but Santorini is primus inter pares. It’s flashy, spectacular, busy, international, popular, and generally pricey. Sifnos is prim, proper, pretty ,and not logically connected to Santorini from the point of view of transport. In summer you usually have a couple of fast catamarans per day and the odd conventional ferry. Sifnos is the archetypical chill-out Cycladic island.

      4) Thessaloniki and Skopelos (5 days in Thessaloniki and a week in Skopelos)

      An unusual thought here unless you like big, busy, and hot cities. Most Salonicans choose to leave their city in Summer as it can get quite stuffy. That said, it’s a culturally and gastronomically superb city probably better enjoyed in cooler times, but it’s worth including as an antidote to the ever-frenetic Athens. Hellenic Seaways conveniently run a fast catamaran from Thessaloniki to the Sporades so you can quite easily put this package together. Consider doing 2-3 days in Thessaloniki then split your time across the three main Sporades islands – Skiathos, Skopelos, and Alonnisos. All three islands are well inter-connected. The fourth Sporades island of Skyros is only linked by a once a week ferry.

      The other possibilities are truly endless, but the general trend is for travellers to combine mainland and islands. Travellers generally choose islands based on their groupings: Ionian, Cyclades, Sporades, Argo-Saronics, Dodecanese, and NE-Aegean and it’s wise not to try and mix-and match too broadly. You could do a week covering the northeastern Peloponnese then combine that with either a couple of Cycladic islands or even Spetses Hydra, or go for option 1 or 4 in their entirety.

      As for Athens, and whether to hotel or AirBnb. I would probably spend 3 nights in Athens (two full days are perfect for sightseeing) and stay in a central and efficient hotel. AirBnb is good for longer stays and that’s not needed for Athens (particularly in the July heat).

  34. Hotels in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini

    Hi Dave! Thanks for creating such a great site – we’ve been using it to plan our entire Greece Itinerary – my boyfriend and I will be traveling there in May. We’re on a budget but are willing to spend a little more for a bit more for a nicer place. We’re having a bit of trouble finding a nice, safe hotel in Athens for the weekend in May. Lots of the nicer hotels are booked or are very expensive given peak travel season and the weekend. We’re deciding between:

    Hotels in Athens
    Athens Ledra Hotel
    Intercontinental Athenaeum
    Divani Palace Acropolis
    Theoxenia Palace Hotel

    What are your thoughts on these?

    Also, can you advice us on Santorini and Mykonos – for the islands, we want to spend a little more on a luxury hotel:

    Hotels in Mykonos – we’d like to be in Mykonos town.
    Hotel Belvedere (we’re getting a good rate, but a little out of our budget – is it worth it?)
    Apanema Resort
    Semeli Hotel
    Tharroe of Mykonos Hotel

    Hotels in Santorini – we’d ideally like to be in Fira w/ Caldera view.
    Mill House Suites (pretty good rate, definitely out of our budget, is it worth it?)
    Aressana Hotel
    Cavo Bianco
    Tamarix Del Mar

    Anything we’re overlooking?

    Also, we might be willing to spend more on the Santorini hotel and save on Mykonos — we expect to be in our hotel more in Santorini (after doing some research). If that was the case, what would you do?

    Thanks in advance for your help.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      In Athens, go with the Divani Palace (great location) or the Intercontinental (a little more of a walk but very nice). The Theoxenia Palace is a long way from central Athens so avoid that unless you have no interest in seeing the sights. The Athens Ledra Hotel is now closed. In Mykonos, the Belvedere is the best choice but Semeli very good as well. Both have great locations for Mykonos Town. Apanema is not as central but still walkable to town. Tharroe is a similar distance from town but not as easy a walk (but closer to good beaches). In Santorini, Aressana is the nicest of those hotels and a super-central location (but no direct caldera views). Mill House has great views but a 10 to 15 minute (beautiful) walk to Fira’s shops and restaurants. Cavo Bianco and Tamarix Del Mar are both nice hotels but located in the beach town of Kamari – a 15 minute drive from the caldera.

  35. Good Destinations on Mainland Greece

    Hi Dave – I am planning to travel to Greece for two weeks at the end of August / beginning of September. The first week is already planned for Santorini and Mykonos. I’m more interested in your opinion on a couple options for the second week. Currently thinking on flying back to Athens on Sunday, renting a car at the airport and then go on a road trip to the Peloponnesian peninsula, returning to Athens on Friday (to spend 2.5 days in Athens). Couple questions for you:

    1) With that time frame – 5 nights – what would the highlights of the drive be? Where would you stay? Other tips/advice?

    2) Any recommendations or advice for renting a car at the Athens airport? Any pain points to be aware of? On the way back, is there another location that we could drop off the car, other than going all the way back to the airport to drop off? As mentioned, we will be staying in Athens at the end.

    3) As we are still looking at options for the post Santorini/Mykonos leg, do you have any recommendations of another 5 or so day itinerary prior to returning to Athens? Whether on the mainland or another island or two?

    Thanks so much, and your blog is such a wealth of helpful, practical knowledge for everyone.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Assuming that you want to do the Peloponnese in order to catch the main archaeological sights, then there’s a fairly logical route to follow and it can all be done (just) in your five allocated days. An anticlockwise route is recommended starting with your first day’s drive to the delightful (and popular with Greeks) town of Nafplio. It’s a 165km drive if you go straight there, but if you take in the wondrous amphitheatre of Epidaurus on the way it will be 198km. That makes for a great busy day’s touring and sightseeing. Be sure to book a hotel in Nafplio in good time as even the end of August and beginning of September can be a busy time for Nafplio.

      Next day you may care to take a stroll around Nafplio – famous for its role as the capital of the fledgling Greek State after the war of Independence – take in the panoramic views from the Bourtzi or fortress that dominates the town. After lunch, head on out and visit the sites of Mycenae and Tiryns which are located 24kms north of Nafplio. Mycenae, in particular, is particularly popular and quite a striking archaeological site. Now the Peoloponnese is pretty large so you may care to return to Nafplio for your second night rather than head-on southwards. If you are game, you could head-on southwards and down the coast for an overnighter on the east coast at the little town of Leonidio. That will take you about an hour and half driving and will make a convenient overnight break for the next suggested loop.

      South of here are two choices: making a loop around the third finger of the Peloponnese while visiting the pretty islet fortress of Monemvasia – it would be a very pleasant night’s stop – or you could attempt to get a taste of the Peloponnese’s ‘Scotland’ and drive across to the the remote Mani Peninsula (the middle finger) with a stop in perhaps Oitylo, with the magical Diros caves to be visited a little further south.

      With only two nights left in your plan you may face a dilemma. Do you head up and westward to take in Olympia which is inconveniently located in the north-west sector of the Peloponnese (almost 200 kms from Oitylo), or opt for a fishing village by the sea experience at the foot of the third leg. Choose from Koroni, Finikounda ar Methoni. It’s still a fair way back to Athens from here (285 kms), but a fast highway run from Kalamata and you’d make good time. If you choose to go to Olympia, you be spending a lot of time on the road driving.

      It’s a good idea to pick up your rental car at the Athens airport as picking it from downtown Athens means you have to negotiate Athen’s characteristically chaotic streets.

      Your last questions begs indulgence! If you’ve been on Santorini Mykonos there is every likelihood you will want more of the island experience. Stick to islands in the same group (the Cyclades) and consider the pairs of Paros and Naxos, or if you like something with more of a traveller twist, consider Sikinos and Folegandros.

      For the mainland, if you want the ultimate road trip, visit the hanging monasteries of Meteora in Thessaly then do go visit Greece’s (almost) hidden gem destination the Zagoria villages of Epirus. September will be a great time to visit them. They are discreet, slate-roofed villages were you can dine on hearty wild boar, scrumptious cheese pies and wash it down with the local firewater called tsipouro. If you feel like walking all that off, then hike along the bottom of one of Europe’s greatest canyons – the Vikos Gorge. It’s a comfortable day’s drive back to Athens from the main centre of the Zagoria villages, Monodendri. Food for thought.

  36. Greece in September

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for this wonderful and helpful website. I am travelling to Greece in September with my husband. After my research I have selected the following hotels for my stay. Let me know your suggestions on the same.

    Athens: 2 nights in Hotel Areos
    Firostefani: 2 nights in Smaro Studios
    Akrotiri: 2 nights in either Blu rooms or Fishermans House
    Mykonos: 2 nights in Lithos by Spyros and Flora

    Also, I have split my Santorini stay into two so I can experience both the areas. Do you think this looks fine?

    Do let me know if you have better recommendation on hotels in similar budget range.

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Areos is a good budget hotel and super close to the National Archaeological Museum (the best museum in Greece). Lots of restaurants nearby but not the most beautiful area. The Plaka and Acropolis are a 20 minute walk.

      Smaro Studios are great for the price with a good central location. I’d much rather stay here for all 4 days than split my time with Akrotiri (though both hotels you’ve found there are nice).

      In Mykonos, Lithos by Spyros is a great hotel in a quiet area – short walk to a nice (but not fantastic beach). Mykonos Town is a 12 to 15 minute bus ride away. Great choice if you’re looking for something relaxing, not so great if you want nightlife and lots of choice in restaurants.

  37. NJV or Electra Hotel in Athens

    Hi Dave,
    Great site. Ill be traveling to Athens in June. I usually stay at Athens Lycabettus Hotel which is now closed. I will be in Athens for 3 nights before we go off to Kefalonia. Im torn between the NJV Hotel and the Electra hotel on Ermou. We love to walk around while in Athens and visit cafes and restaurants. Which one of the two would you recommend over the other and why? Also price is similar on both. Thanks again, John

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both nice 4 star hotels. Not a huge difference – both have great central locations (they’re about 3 minutes from each other) near Syntagma Square. Electra is on a pedestrian-only street and a little closer to the Plaka. NJV is perhaps ever so slightly more luxurious.

  38. Where To Meet in Athens Airport?

    Hi Dave,

    Love your website! I’ve been searching for an Athens airport terminal map online without much luck. We are flying to Athens in June via Air Canada, and need to meet up with one passenger arriving via United Airlines. Any idea how close these two terminals are to each other?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It is all one terminal and not really that big. Certainly big enough to miss each other, so you do need a meeting spot but don’t be expecting Heathrow (or even Vancouver). One idea is to meet in front of this travel agency. It’s on the lower arrivals level (after you exit customs and immigration) and is pretty easy to find.

  39. Best Day Trip from Athens

    HI Dave – for a day trip from Athens, which would be better? Aegina, Angistri, or Hydra?
    Thank you for this great website!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      All fine day-trip destinations in their own right and all quite doable in a day, but what is “better” depends very much on what you want and who you are, so I’ll try to cover all angles. First the obvious: day trips to all these islands start at the Port of Piraeus where the ferry berths are all clustered together in the more central part of the port so it’s an easy walk – not requiring a taxi – to the berth from the metro station. A number of ferry companies and types of ferries from conventional to hydrofoil to open-deck car movers service the three islands, so you’ll not be short of options and departures are almost hourly for Aegina and Angistri, less so for Hydra.

      Aegina is an obvious choice because it is closest (just) of the three. There are also more direct ferries to Aegina and you have the choice of two disembarkation ports: the town of Aegina itself and the smaller port of Souvala on the north coast. Most quick day visitors head for the main port of Aegina, stroll around the busy, animated town, maybe take a horse and cart tour, have a fish lunch in a back street taverna, maybe sit on the town beach for a while then head on home back to Piraeus. That said, Aegina is a large island and is worth hiring a car for the day to explore (if you have the time, interest, and budget). While it is not a common holiday destination for foreign visitors, there is a resort scene of sorts on the eastern side of the islands at Agia Marina and the little southern port of Perdika is worth a drive for a waterside lunch beside a pretty little harbor strewn with fishing boats. If you start early enough, you can comfortably circumnavigate the island in a day. Archaeology fans may care to divert to the rather splendid, yet oft-underlooked set of ruins of the Temple of Aphaia near Agia Marina. Overall, Aegina is a lived-in ‘Greek’ island where many Athenians have holiday homes, or to which many landlocked residents flock on weekends to get a taste of the seaside close to home, so Aegina can get busy – even in Winter. Foreign visitors tend to overlook Aegina and if they do decide to come across, they often do little more than potter around Aegina Town port as I mentioned earlier.

      Angistri is not so obvious, though it inevitably and alluringly tempts first-time visitors to the Argo-Saronics as it is visible, shimmering on the horizon just over the water from Aegina. Ferries to Aegina commonly continue on to Angistri, though you can, if you choose, go directly to Angistri from Piraeus thereby saving you time. This rather small island comes generally as a pleasant surprise to most visitors and garners its fair share of repeat day – or even longer stay – trippers. It’s a compact, cosy, and personable island and one where you immediately sense its intimacy and relaxed space. It’s a place that feels a lot further from Athens than it really is. The port of Skala is the hub of all activity and you could do little more than loll on its flat, sandy beach, sip a frappuccino under the shade of a tamarisk tree next to a re-assuringly blue and white Cycladic-style church and read your Kindle. After Athens, Angistri can feel like paradise. But there’s more. Scooters are easy to hire and a slow (and careful, as the road gets winding in parts) ride to the other side of the island is the obvious add-on excursion. You’ll pass the other (main) settlement of Megalochori on the way, pass a couple of beach opportunities on the west side before passing though the third village Limenaria and descending into the little cove of Aponisos. Here a swim and lunch at the little taverna awaits trippers who made it this close. Angistri is also infamous as the hideout island of the 17th November terrorist group member Dimitris Koufodinas who took refuge in a cave on the east side of the island before finally surrendering to authorities.

      Now Hydra is in a category – nay – class of its own. Long favoured as a weekend retreat and holiday destination for international play-people and yachties, Hydra is unique in that, apart from the street cleaning vehicle and a few unloading utilities, there are no private cars on the island. People get around in horse-drawn buggies. Expensive yachts crowd its proportionately small harbour, boutique stores pepper its undeniably quaint streets, and up-market lodgings offer all that travel-weary punters may seek or desire. Eating out is unquestionably a quality matter and attire is generally urban-nautical chic. So yes, a great spot for a day trip, but is Hydra you? Also, it is farther out than the other two islands, so it does take a bit of extra time getting to it – and in that case opt for the faster hydrofoils or catamarans, or whatever is on offer at the time. You will have to walk a fair way to get a swim on Hydra too, though the coastal walk out to Vlychos beach is pleasant and the beach is about the best it gets.

      So in summary: Aegina and Angistri are better for day-trips because of their proximity and the frequency of supporting ferries. Hydra is better for a weekend trip, because if you turn up on a day trip, you may just regret not staying on a tad longer to savour its unique ambiance.

  40. Luxury Hotel with Pool in Athens

    Hi Dave,

    I would love your advice. I am very confused about what to do I have 3 days in Athens Greece was going to stay at the Hotel Bretagne for one night and then go to the beach resorts in Athens for the other 2 night to relax with the family. I was looking at the Westin the reviews were not very good do you have any other recommendations? Or should I just stay at the hotel Bretagne. The only reason why I picked that hotel because of the reviews and the pool. I almost booked the Ava Hotel love the bigger rooms (traveling with my 13 year old son), no pool traveling in August very hot!! Need help Laura from Colorado.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Grande Bretagne is wonderful. Two nice pools (one inside and one outside) and convenient central location. The Westin is nice too but not nearly as luxurious. Instead you get a huge pool and nice beach. I’d say 2 nights at the GB and 1 at the Westin would be a nice mix. The Westin is closer to the airport so that might work if you’re catching a plane after your stay.

  41. Refugees in Greece


    Thanks very much for this site. My boyfriend and I are visiting Greece in June and are very excited. We are flying into Athens and then heading the next day to Mykonos and Santorini for 3 days each and then back to Athens. Although we are looking forward to the trip we are becoming increasingly concerned about what we have read regarding the escalating refugee/migrant crisis in Greece. I understand, and have been assured by our hotels, that Mykonos and Santorini themselves are very minimally affected. My main concern is Athens in general and specifically the port area where many refugees are channelled through. We will be taking a ferry from Athens to Mykonos and then from Santorini back to Athens. Is it safe to walk around Athens right now with such an influx of refugees? Should we try to avoid the port area and book a flight instead? We will be travelling with all of our luggage and cash on us so I am a bit concerned being around so many people who find themselves in a desparate situation. I do feel for their situation and it makes me glad to know that Greece is helping them – but at the same time we want to be safe while we are travelling, know what to expect, and take neccessary precations. Thanks for your help.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s not an issue at all. There’s no reason to think they are any more likely to commit a crime than a local or a fellow traveler. I wouldn’t hang out in Piraeus with or without a refugee problem (plan to arrive an hour before your ferry’s departure) and the refugees tend not to hang around the places that have lots of travelers (and certainly will not be in Mykonos and Santorini).

  42. Hotels in Athens and Santorini

    My travel partner and I are SOOOO excited about the Greece trip! We are traveling to Athens, Santorini, Crete and back to Athens in June. A travel agent has us in Herodion Hotel in Athens and Astro Palace in Santorini. DO you know anything about these hotels and locations? We want nice hotel but also very close to all of the sites. We don’t want to spend the $700 per night for the luxury hotels but want a nice moderatly priced one.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both are very nice hotels. Herodion has a great location near the Acropolis Museum and Plaka (and below the Acropolis itself). Astro Palace is just outside of Fira and requires a good 10 minute uphill walk to get the caldera’s edge and views of the volcano. The views you see on the website are east towards the open sea and not of the caldera (not a deal breaker but some expect caldera views and are disappointed).

  43. Hotels in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini

    Hey Dave,

    Awesome site. Incredibly helpful. I almost I feel I KNOW greece.

    I am travelling with a group of friends to a greece between 27th May to 8th June. 5 Couples to be precise.

    Just wanted to get your opinion on the hotels we have booked:

    Hotel Evripides – Athens
    Villa Varnali – Mykonos
    Villa Anto – Santorini

    If you can spare some time, some pros and cons about each of the hotels would be very helpful.

    Vimal Shah

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Hotel Evripides in Athens is a great value hotel. Inexpensive yet nice clean rooms. Nothing fancy. The neighborhood is ugly and will appear unsafe when you first arrive but is generally fine. Lots of trendy restaurants and bars are nearby and metro and Plaka are a 5 to 8 minute walk away. I don’t know Varnali but appears to have a good location walking distance to Mykonos Town and bus station (but will involve a walk up a hill to access). Villa Anto is a 10/12 minute walk from Fira. Small family-owned place that’s clean and cheap.

  44. Location of Amalia Hotel in Athens

    Hello Dave.
    Wonderful website and recommendations. I and my husband are planning to visit Athens in the first week of May and staying there for 2 days before we sail to Santorini. I was thinking to book Amalia hotel in Athens is it good? And also I have to take ferry early morning from Piraeus to Santorini. So is it good location to stay. I really want to stay near Plaka area. Thanks, Harshi

    1. Dave The Hotel Expert

      Amalia is a good value hotel with a central location. It’s less than a 5 minute walk to the Plaka. For the train to Piraeus you can choose between a 2 minute walk to Syntagma Station (take the train to Monastiraki and switch to a Piraeus bound train). Or a 12 minute walk to Monastiraki Station and take the train directly to Piraeus. Both are easy, just depends how much you want to walk.

  45. Met 34 Hotel in Athens

    Hi Dave,

    Great site and recommendations! We’re heading to Athens for a few days in May. Have you heard of MET 34 Hotel in Syntagma Square/Plaka? I believe it’s a new hotel and I couldn’t find any reviews. Any information would be much appreciated.

    Jenny Miclat

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I have not heard of it but it looks nice and certainly has a central location.

  46. St. George Lycabettus in Athens

    Hi Dave,

    Amazing and very helpful blog.

    My fiancé and I are thinki about staying at the St. George Lycabettus for a week at the end of March. It kindle ticks all the boxes (rooftop pool, gym, area, peice etc) What are your thoughts?

    We’re looking to have an all-round experience of everything that Athens has to offer, so any further pointers are very much welcomed. Happy to offer the same if you ever come to Edinburgh!

    Stuart McCluskey

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The St George is wonderful with great views of the city. The only caveat is that you won’t be walking out your door and enjoying the Plaka or Acropolis. It’s a good 20 minute walk to the major historical sites and center of the action. And coming back it’s all uphill. It’s a pleasant walk most of the way (err on the side of a more southerly route and you’ll avoid some ugly areas of Athens). That said, I’d expect that you’ll take at least a few taxis. There are some nice restaurants and cafes near the hotel – and there’s a little lane steps from the hotel that fills with locals drinking and eating at a few outdoor restaurants.

  47. Athens for 2 Days

    Hi Dave, nice blog you have there. I will be visitng Athens for 2 days before sailing to Santorini for my honeymoon. What would you recommend me to do within these 2 days? Would it be good idea to take a local tour? Lastly can you please recommmend me a good tour agency website that I should look for? Thanks Dave! You the man!

    Ten Wei Peng

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Among the travel agencies that get good press are Fantasy Travel and Dolphin Hellas Travel, both of which offer a variety of one and two day excursions and longer packages. My pick of these would be the one day Athens tour with Fantasy travel which lets you see the main city sights then enjoy a coastal drive to a very romantic spot – Cape Sounion. This will cost around €120 per person. Dolphin also does 10, 12, or 14 day Honeymoon packages that include islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, Syros, Rhodes and Crete. Though I never recommend people do extended package tours of this sort, it’s there if you’re interested.

      Apart from the tours, ideas include a moonlight dinner on the top of Mt Lykavittos (a rocky hill right in the middle of Athens); a lunch with rustic wine and hearty fare in the middle of Plaka (Athens’ old village quarter); walking up and around the Acropolis at sunset and stopping off for drinks with a view; taking in the culture in one easy hit at the fabulous new Acropolis Museum. Or, if you’re really adventurous, make up your own day trip by taking a fast boat from the port of Piraeus to the Saronic Gulf island of Angistri, hire a scooter and ride to the far southern end of the island at Aponisos and have a fish lunch on the beach before taking a swim in the much-improved waters of the Argo Saronic Gulf.

  48. Grande Bretagne in Athens

    Hi Dave,

    I was thinking about staying at the Hotel Grande Bretagne for 1-2 nights for my honeymoon (taking a flight to Mykonos the next morning). I have 2 hesitancies:
    1. I normally like more modern luxury hotels (and this seems to be much more classical, but beautiful).
    2. You said Hotel Grande Bretagne was your favorite hotel, but then Syntagma Square was not even in listed your Top 3 neighborhood choices.

    What would be your suggestion for my fiancé and I given what I listed above?

    Thank you!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      1. You’re right, it is more classical luxury than modern luxury.
      2. Syntagma Square is, like the name suggests, pretty much just a square with restaurants, shops, and hotels surrounding it on three sides (the Greek Parliament is on the fourth side). Walk a few minutes and you’re in the Plaka. A few minutes more and you’re in Monistiraki.

  49. Athens in May


    What would you recommend for a day and a half in Athens in May? We definitely want to see the Acropolis and eat a nice Greek meal. We probably will not take the metro, but do a lot of walking. Lastly, King George or stay in Plaka?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Despite being a big bustling metropolis, Athens is a surprisingly good city to walk around. It is certainly easier than using a car or taxi and all the main sights (except for the National Archaeological Museum in Exarchia) are within reasonable walking distance of each other. The metro is handy for getting from one end of the central city block – say, Omonia to Syntagma or Monastiraki quickly, but the greatest distance from one end of the central city block is no more than 2 KMs, so it’s all quite walkable.

      Get a map of central Athens and familiarise yourself with the key geographical reference points. Syntagma (Constitution) Square with its Metro station is the epicentre; its other counterbalance is Omonia Square (also with a big Metro station) and Monastiraki adjacent to the old Plaka district is the third point of the triangle. The Acropolis and the main archaeological sights lie to the south. This is where you will probably want to focus your stay in Athens and do your walking.

      Get a multi-site archaeological ticket (€20) – basically the cost of the entry ticket to the Acropolis and visit a further six archaeological sites at no further cost. Apart from the obvious and still stunning Acropolis with its Parthenon temple you would probably want to walk around the Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus to name a few – all within walking distance of each other. The new and magnificent Acropolis Museum (separate ticket) should not be missed.

      At night wander the length and breadth of the Plaka district which roughly runs from Nikis street near Syntagma to the Monastiraki flea market. This essentially pedestrian-only area is chock-a-block full of gift shops, restaurants, cafés and bars and you will find plenty of places to eat. The more obvious eateries are along Kydathineon Street. For the more authentic Greek restaurant walk to the Psyrri district to the west of Athinas street and radiating around Plateia Iroön (Heroes Square). The area can feel a little seedy, so it’s not for everyone, but I don’t consider it unsafe.

      Additional excursions might be to the summit of Mt Lykavittos (take the rack and pinion train if you don’t fancy the steep climb and you can always walk down) and a walk in the cool National Gardens abutting Syntagma Square is a great respite from the bustle of Athens. Close to the gardens are three more excellent museums: the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art, the War Museum, and the Byzantine Museum all located close to each other on Vasilissis Sofias Blvd. All the above will fill your one and a half days very easily.

      As for hotels, the King George is wonderful and very central. The Plaka area is great too – but it’s only a 5 minute walk from the King George so not a huge difference.

      1. Sarah

        THANK YOU!

  50. Athens Hotel after Long Flight

    Arriving to Athens early evening after 14 hours of flying. What can you recommend for hotel to overnight before heading down to Nafplio the following day. Will be back to Athens a few days after to see the sites. That part I have planned out.


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Athens Sofitel is an effortless 2 minute walk from the airport and has a nice pool and good restaurants. I’d probably stay there.

  51. Best Beaches near Athens

    What are the beaches like near Athens? We fly from Rome to Athens and then have 10 days in Greece. We are thinking of spending 2 days in Athens before traveling to Naxos and Mykonos. 1 Day seeing the sights and then 1 day at a beach near Athens. Can you tell me what are the best beaches close to Athens? Are they easy to get to from downtown? Does this sound like a good plan?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      To the south and east of Athens lies a string of beaches and beach towns that grow progressively nicer as you get away from the city. The Athens Tram runs all the way along the coast to Voula (where there’s a nice beach). If you’re going farther than that you’ll need to take a bus.

      Most beaches require a fee to enter. In return you get nicely groomed sand, a snack or restaurant, sun chairs and umbrellas, and sometimes access to restrooms, showers, changing rooms, beach gear, and water slides. There are small beach coves that dot the coastline as well. They offer smaller crowds but with few or no amenities. If you’ve rent a car you can drive along the coast and stop where ever you see a patch of sand. It will usually involved scampering down from the road above on a footpath wondering where the heck you’re going.

      • Kalamaki – The closest beach to Athens. Not the best beach but it’s decent. About 45 minutes by tram from Syntagma.
      • GlyfadaAsteras Glyfada is family friendly with a children’s playground and watersports (cost: €7.50). Take the tram to Glyfada and walk along the coast to Asteras.
      • VoulaVoula A beach is very family friendly with snack bar and water slide. Take the tram to the last stop and the beach is right there. (cost: €7).
      • Vouliagmeni – Astir Beach is hip and very nice (cost: €15). Take the tram to Glyfada and then take bus 114 to Astir.
      • Varkiza – One of the best beaches in the area complete with great sand, a water park, volleyball, and tennis (cost: €12.) Take the tram to Glyfada and then bus 116 to Varkiza.

      All that said, since you’re on your way to the islands (where the beaches are wonderful) I wouldn’t waste a day at the Athens’ beaches. They’re good but nothing incredible.

  52. Athens during New Years

    Hey Dave great page lots of useful info.

    I’m planing a trip to Athens from the 31st December to 6th January. Looking for some local information on the festivities that will be taking place (new years eve parties and such). And any other information you think I should know.
    Will most likely be staying in plaka.

    Thank you so much in advance,

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      There’s not a lot of official things going on but as far as restaurants and bars there’s plenty to do. People tend to stay home for New Years and then go out to bars after that. Syntagma is the center of anything “official” going on.

  53. Santorini and What European City?

    Hi Dave,
    Love all reading your site for all the tips. I’m planning my honeymoon for early October. Settled on Absolute Bliss we believe in Santorini. Now the debate is whether to stay all nights at Absolute Bliss or divide our stay between two hotels (want infinity pool and private jacuzzi terrace) and also whether to go straight to Santorini or stop in Athens first. I can’t stand the idea of flying all the way to just Santorini without visiting at least one other European city. Should we consider another city possibly in Italy or just do Athens? Or another city that would be a good visit? My husband won’t have patience for the ferry ride so either way our transport to Santorini will be by plane. Thanks!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      If your in Santorini for 2 to 4 days then only stay at Absolute Bliss. If it’s more than that then definitely try a different town and hotel. There are direct flights from Santorini to Rome and that would be my first choice for a second destination in Europe.

  54. Large Villa Rental in the Plaka

    My name is Antonia Vrioni and I am the owner of a high quality villa in the area of Plaka, Athens, Greeece.

    The villa is being rented for the first time and will be rented on a weekly basis commencing on January. It is high quality villa of 370m2, totally renovated, having 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, including a housekeeper. The villa was owned by an English lady and has been characterized by the Greek authorities as a piece of art as well as a conservatory monument of the ancient city of Plaka/Acropolis.

    The view of the Acropoli at the villa terrace is spectacular. The villa is located in an excellent and central location 5min. walk from the Acropolis tube station and 5min away from the Acropolis museum. The market of Plaka area is a booming market now days having people visiting the area all year round (due to Acropolis). I believe the Plaka villa can well be combined with a package for people wanting to visit Athens’s ancient monuments for a few days and then move on to a Greek Ionian island.

    I want to add that the Plaka villa is a pioneer of its kind…. being a private and luxurious villa within the center of Athens in the area of the Akropolis (Plaka).

    If you are further interested, please contact me on my email, so I can send you further details as well as photos. If you want to contact me please call me at my mobile 00306934 145505.

    Thank you
    Antonia Vrioni

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I do not know Antonia and can not vouch for this villa, but it sounds nice. The Plaka is a great area for tourists to stay in. Thanks for the information Antonia.

  55. Girls Trip to Greece

    I’m in the very early stages of planning a girls’ trip to Greece next April and I just want to say thank you for this website and all your valuable information!

    Leah L

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Glad it’s helpful. Have a great trip.

  56. Metro from Ferry Port to Athens

    Hi Dave – You’ve been so helpful in our trip planning, appreciate it! A few other questions…

    Our ferry arrives from Santorini to Piraeus at 11:30PM, I see the metro runs till midnight so we’ll probably miss it. If we can make it, we take the green line, correct (staying at Phaedra Hotel)? If we miss the metro, would you recommend having our hotel reserve a taxi pick up for us or will there be taxis there that late?

    What about Santorini port to Villa Maria Damigou metro bus?

    Thank you!!!!

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      There is only one metro line in Piraeus (yes, the green line) and it goes directly to central Athens. Get off the ferry quickly (get down to the car deck early and be at the front of the scrum – which will be large) and go directly to the metro station across the street (follow the crowds, can’t miss it, about a 3 minute walk). Get off at Monastiraki station. Find Adrianou Street (which is a short black away) and walk down it (pedestrian only). It will take you directly to Phaedra Hotel. If you don’t make it to the metro station in time there will be plenty of taxis in Piraeus to take you downtown.

      In Santorini, the main bus station in Fira will post a bus schedule for buses going to the port a day before. Check it and find when the bus for your ferry leaves. If you miss this bus it can be hard to get to the ferry as all taxis are booked up around ferry arrivals and departures and there won’t be a second bus.

  57. Good Hotel near Larissa Train Station

    Hi Dave, thank you for this wonderful website with so much information on Greece! I have a question, my wife and I would be flying from Mykonos to Athens around noon and we are thinking of taking the next day morning train to Meteora. Are there hotels relatively near the Larissa train station you would recommend so it would not be too rush for us? This is also the last leg of our holiday and we would have around 4 days left in Athens, so planning to either visit Meteora first or later. What are your thoughts?


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Oscar is the best hotel near the train station (and right across the street). I would do the Meteora first and return to Athens for your final days – but no great difference either way.

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