The city of Athens, the birthplace of democracy and western civilization. This town will captivate you not only with its ancient monuments, but also its modern cosmopolitan charm and vibrant nightlife. In Athens you can find eclectic restaurants and fascinating mix of accommodation, from the charming budget hotel to the luxurious five-star property.
If you like a glimpse of history, archeology, philosophy and culture, you’ll be amazed by the ancient sites that combine all these places together in the Greater Athens region, known as Attica. To begin with the most popular sites include the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Temple of Apollo and Temple of Hephaestus in the heart of Downtown Athens. They are all near the charmingly pedestrian areas of Plaka, Monastiraki and Thisseon. Other must-see Central Athens attractions include Hadrian’s Arch, Theater of Dionysus, Tower of the Winds, National Garden and Syntagma Square where the change of the guards will impress you.
A visit to the Acropolis Museum and National Archeological Museum are also a must. Not to mention many other fine museums such as the Benaki Museum, Cycladic Museum, Automobile Museum, Numismatic Museum and much more. You’ll also do well to combine culture with visits to places outside the city like the mystical site of Eleusis (today Elefsina), Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Brauron (commonly known as Vravrona) north of the city, and many more.
If you’re more into nightlife, try the restaurants and pubs of happening neighborhoods such as Gazi, Psyrri and Thisseo, as well as at the popular square of Agias Irinis on Aeolou Street where young Athenians stay up late. Boutique hotels with rooftop bars are also popular in today’s Athens
The more you stay in and around the city, the more you’ll like it. If you’re visiting in summer, there are some great beaches on Athens’ southern shores, such as Voula and Vouliagmeni.
Hiking enthusiasts will also enjoy trekking around Lycabettus Hill with its amazing views of the city, Mount Ymittos which is home to the fabulous old Kaisariani monastery, or Mount Parnitha. A bit further north which boasts a casino on its summit.
Head to the nearby port of Piraeus and jump on a day trip to a nearby island such as Aegina, Poros, Hydra or Spetses, for a completely different and exotic change of scene.
For a shopping experience the street of Ermou (named after the god Hermes) will cover all your needs, with the different indoor shopping malls. Last but not least, a number of luxury hotels offer great spa treatments, adding to the myriad of possibilities that the city offers.
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