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Why Athens is the perfect city for an autumn break

Longing for one last blast of warmth before winter sets in? Look no further than Athens. 

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Summer lingers in Athens (thisisathens.org), which basks in a glow of 68F (20C) as October slips into November. A wide range of flights also make it a feasible destination. British Airways (ba.com) flies in from Heathrow, Ryanair (ryanair.com) from Stansted, Aegean (aegeanair.com) from Heathrow, and Manchester, easyJet (easyjet.com) from Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick and Manchester. 

Athens city guide

Stay

A five-star peering over Syntagma Square, the King George (1) has doubles for £191, room only. To the north east, St George Lycabettus (2) has fine vistas of its own from Lycabettus Hill. Doubles from £106, room only.

Walk here

Syntagma Square is one of Athens’s hubs – a broad space at whose east end the Greek Parliament (3) stands. Take a stroll along Mitropoleos and you pass the Metropolitan Cathedral (4), a marble joy finished in 1862. Further westward footsteps will bring you to Monastiraki Square, where a turn south on to Areos will proffer Hadrian’s Library (5), a second-century remnant of ancient Rome.

Syntagma SquareCredit:getty

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The Acropolis (6) (odysseus.culture.gr; €20/£18) is an obvious but unmissable part of Athens, crowned by that majestic fifth-century-BC temple the Parthenon. The adjacent Acropolis Museum (7) (theacropolismuseum.gr; €5) mourns the Elgin Marbles with great replicas.

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After 19 years in gestation, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (8) finally opened in November of last year. Its latest exhibition – of modernist sculpture and painting from the National Art Museum of China in Beijing – is in situ until November 14 (emst.gr; €2).

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Shop here

Athens shows its flair for design at Mikos (9) (mikos.gr), which revels in funky sofas and cushions on Mitropoleos. To the north east of Syntagma Square, Kolonaki is a hub of chic stores like Box Architects (10) (boxarchitects.gr) – with its cool lights and clocks.

Drink here

Taf (11) (theartfoundation.metamatic.gr) is a hip watering hole in Monastiraki, with art installations in ruined rooms, and beers for €3. Meanwhile, Kolokotroni is dotted with some of the city’s best drinking venues – not least The Bank Job (12) (thebankjob.gr), which pours cocktails from €6 in, yes, a former bank.

Eat here

Thissio and Psiri have the mother lode of Athenian restaurants. The former has The Sowl (13) (thesowl.com) – Latin fare such as shrimp tacos with guacamole for €5.50. The latter has Gostijo (14) (gostijo.gr), a Greek-kosher option whose stifado (beef casserole) is €15.

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Off the map

Take Line 1 of the Athens Metro (stasy.gr; €1.40) south west from Monastiraki Square to the terminus at Piraeus – the port district that is intrinsic to Athens’s economy. See the flow of cruise ships from a bar such as El Chapo (elchapo.gr).

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