There are so many fun things to do in Athens that your only difficulty will be deciding what to see first.
Athens is in the southeast of the Greek mainland, slightly inland from the coast. There have been people living here for 7,000 years, and the current population of the urban area is just over three million. Summers can get quite hot, with spring and autumn being popular times to visit the city. Furthermore, the city is famously built on seven hills, so to rent a car in Athens makes sense for those who'd rather not do too much climbing.
Dining out in Athens is excellent and affordable, with a mix of international cuisine and Greek classics such as moussaka and kleftiko available in traditional tavernas. Some of the best restaurants in Athens are found around Syntagma Square. The city is also a popular shopping destination. Plaka is the best district for Greek arts and crafts, whereas posh Kolonaki is home to high-end designer boutiques.
Most people come to Athens for the history, but this vibrant and modern city has much more to offer than just ruins and museums.
There are many options to rent a car in Athens - you can pick up a car at the airport or from locations in the city centre. Greece drives on the right, with a minimum driving age of 18. You'll have to be at least 21 – sometimes even 23 - to rent a car in Athens – depending on the rental conditions. Seatbelts must be worn by both driver and passengers, and watch out for the alcohol limits for the driver, which are much lower than in most of the UK. Speed limits are typically 50 km/hour in built-up areas, 110 km/hour on open roads, and 120km/hour on motorways. Police patrols will issue tickets if you're caught speeding, and these have to be settled at a bank. In Athens, coloured spaces mean parking is reserved for local residents only, and additional parking restrictions might apply in market areas.