Athens

City Guide

Meet Athens

Welcome to Athens! This historic city is known worldwide as the birthplace of modern Western civilization and democracy. 

Human civilization has existed in Athens for at least 9000 years. During the Golden Age of Athenian Democracy, which took place during the 5th century BC, the political system of Athens set the foundation for what would later become the entirety of Western democracy. Athens’ contribution to Western culture cannot be overstated—modern Western art, literature, music, poetry, sports, philosophy, architecture, government, medicine, and education are all heavily influenced by ancient Athens. Modern Athens combines the rich history and culture of its past with modern innovations in technology to create a city unlike any other in the world.

Where to live in Athens

There are 58 neighborhoods in the Greater Athens area. The neighborhoods within the city of Athens itself are definitely more historic, more informed by classical history, and more crowded. For a more relaxed, contemporary experience, consider living in one of the suburbs in the Greater Athens area, which are still generally less than 2.5 miles away from the city center. 

Best Neighborhoods in Athens

Athens is home to over 665,000 people, making it the most populous city in Greece. The city of Athens is surrounded by the Athens Urban Area, which is surrounded once more by Greater Athens. There are 58 different neighborhoods in this region, which sounds like a lot, but that just means that you have plenty to choose from when looking for the neighborhood that’s perfect for you!

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Pagrati

Pagrati is like the Greenwich Village of Athens. It contains some of Athens’ coolest coffee shops, restaurants, bars, artisanal food stores and markets, vintage shops, and art galleries. Don’t miss Panathenaic Stadium, the only stadium in the world that is built completely out of marble. It was originally built in the year 144 AD and was reconstructed in 1896 to host the first modern Olympic Games.

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Kolonaki

Kolonaki is well-known for being Athens’ premier high-end shopping district. Here, you’ll find luxury retailers, high-end boutiques, jewelers, art galleries, and some of Athens’ trendiest restaurants. For one of the best views in Athens, walk or take the cable car up to the top of Mount Lycabettus.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

We've been rounded up the best housing options in Athens. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

1 Bedroom Superior Apartment by UltraCareApartments

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Athens Green Apartments

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Best House - Kolchidos

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Best House - Athens Central Flat

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2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment by UltraCareApartments

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Best House - Attiki Metro

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Quick Facts About Athens

Athens is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world. However, before you move to Athens, here are some important things you need to know: 
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Work in Athens

The Greek debt crisis of 2007-2008 has had lingering impacts on the job market in Athens to this day. It is not easy to get a job here, especially because relatively few major corporations are headquartered in Athens. In order to get a job, especially in industries like education, you need to be able to speak fluent or near-fluent Greek. However, digital freelancing is always an option! 

How good is Athens for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Athens. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Athens for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Athens

Greek cuisine is famous worldwide for its fresh, delicious flavors. While you’re in Athens, there are some iconic Greek dishes you absolutely have to try, like moussaka (a casserole-y eggplant dish) at Kouvelos, souvlaki (grilled meat skewers) at O Kostas, fava (a split pea dip served with bread) at Vlassis Restaurant, spanakopita (phyllo dough layered with spinach and feta) at Ariston Bakery, and literally anything at Varvakios Agora, a food market that sells produce, seafood, meat, and street snacks!

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Top 6 Things To Do in Athens

Athens is full of countless historical landmarks, each one more beautiful than the last. Be sure not to miss the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora of Athens, and Mount Lycabettus. If you have a full day to wander, just take a stroll through Plaka and browse the shops selling anything from ceramics and jewelry to olives and spices. Athens is also home to many incredible museums, like the Acropolis Museum, the National Archeological Museum, the Benaki Museum, and the Byzantine and Christian Museum. There’s so much history, art, and culture to take in, you’ll never be bored in Athens!

Hellenic Motor Museum

Ioulianou 33, Athina

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Central Municipal Athens Market

Athinas, Athina

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Byzantine And Christian Museum

Leof. Vasilissis Sofias 22, Athina

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Erechtheion

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Monument of Philopappos

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Benaki Museum

Koumpari 1, Athina

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