Athens has been recognized as an affordable and livable city that should be a first choice for solo travellers and budget holidays in the coming year.
Lonely Planet, the influential global brand of travel books and guides, has highlighted Athens among its Best in Travel 2020 and one of the Best Value destinations in the world. The recognition places Athens among a group of ten cities and regions offering incredible attractions and life-changing experiences that represent great value for money.
The inclusion of Athens in Best in Travel 2020 speaks to the enduring value of a visit to the city’s historic monuments. It also speaks to Athens as a living-breathing city that is easily accessed by visitors and respectful of travel on a budget.
Several ongoing projects organized by This is Athens are helping to make the never-ending stories of Athens more accessible than ever before. This is Athens with a Local is a programme connecting visitors to volunteers who offer free walks showcasing their Athenian neighborhoods and lifestyles. The launch of a new portal, thisisathens.org, in English, French, and German, also offers free travel tips, itineraries, and curated content by local experts to help visitors make the most of their stay in Athens.
The Lonely Planet list features dynamic destinations that focus on preservation as a part of exploration and adventure, helping visitors to protect and sustain the natural environment and cultural landscape as the basis for forming friendships and lifelong memories. The inclusion of Athens in the Best in Travel 2020 similarly appreciates the love of Athenians for their city who work to protect and enhance this heritage for future generations.