Athens was named the Emerging Cultural City of the Year for 2017 at the Leading Culture Destinations Award – dubbed the ‘Culture Oscars’ – in London on Friday.

The Greek capital was praised for managing to a maintain a creative and dynamic cultural scene despite the country’s protracted financial crisis.

The selection panel highlighted the success of Documenta 14, the largest art exhibition of contemporary art, as well as the activities of the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Culture Center.

The award was received by Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, who lauded his city as “attractive, safe and open to innovation.”

“The artists of Athens, its cultural infrastructures, the dialogue with the cultural community and its spectacular dynamic this year in tourism showed us that we are on the right course,” Kaminis went on to say.

Athens has also been named UNESCO’S World Book Capital for 2018, starting in April.

If you’re looking to visit Athens, the autumnal months make the best time to go as the weather is still good – plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures – and you’ll avoid the crowds and the queues, which can be excessive in the summer.

View of the Acropolis from the 5-star Electra Metropolis

View of the Acropolis from the 5-star Electra Metropolis

Looking for somewhere special to stay? Fear not, Athens is home to some exceptional hotels, not least the stylish 5-star Electra Metropolis, which opened only last year, or the majestic King George a Luxury Collection Hotel, with its Penthouse Suite, that has it own private outdoor pool overlooking the fabled Acropolis.

Still need your arm twisting? Read our recent article 5 Reasons To Visit Athens This Autumn for more reasons to visit Athens this season.