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Budget Athens

Ancient and modern, grungy and graceful, Athens’ historic centre is a legendary open-air museum, but it’s also sophisticated, cosmopolitan and budget-friendly.
Looking over Athens from Filopappou Hill

Sights

1 ACROPOLIS

Standing sentinel over Athens and crowned by the Parthenon, the Acropolis is the most important ancient site in the Western world. The Acropolis pass (£17) includes entry to Athens’ other main historic sites, such as the Theatre of Dionysos, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Olympian Zeus; discounts November to March (odysseus.culture.gr; 8am–8pm Apr–Oct, to 5pm Nov–Mar).

2 NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM

With more than 11,000 items in an enormous 19th-century Neoclassical building, Athens’ flagship museum houses the globe’s finest collection of Greek antiquities. Treasures include exquisite sculptures, pottery, jewellery, frescoes and artefacts. Allow half a day (namuseum.gr; 28 Oktovriou-Patision 44; 8am–8pm Apr–Oct, reduced hours Nov–Mar; £9).

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In the June issue… We are heading to some of the world's most exciting cities. Discover the spirit of Havana through the eyes of five of its citizens, experience two sides to St Petersburg a century after revolution pitted tsars against Soviets, and touch down in two dozen more cities around the world, with new openings to find in places including Seattle, Johannesburg, Mexico City and Dublin. Our Great Escape this month is to the charmed coastline and stirring moors of South Devon, plus we also have a recipe-filled tour of Japan's best regional cuisine, and much more
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