Athens......Playing with time!
Long, long History
Athens (or Athéna), is the capital of the Hellenic Republic of Greece as well as the administrative centre of the Attica district. It is one of the oldest cities in the world with recorded history that dates back over 3,000 years.
Athens, capital of Greece, is full of exciting neighbourhoods, each with its own personality and character that need to be discovered. Not only will you experience the excitement of visiting places where great historic events took place centuries ago in the heady days of Ancient Greece, but also you will be impressed when visiting former industrial neighbourhoods now emerging as trendy hot spots. Former locations like Ermen Street are being transformed into swanky quarters for designer ateliers, ranging from Versace to Dolce & Gabbana, and a number of boutiques and galleries that have revived the city centre by making Athens neighbourhoods trendy art districts.
More than the Acropolis and the Olympics
There is a lot more to Athens than the Acropolis. Here, Ancient culture meets modern city life with spectacular results! The biggest attraction in Athens however is what remains of ancient Greek civilisation and this indeed is fascinating. The Acropolis is one of the world’s most famous landmarks and an emblem of Greece’s history and culture, combined with the nightlife, a wonderful climate, delicious cuisine and the renowned Greek hospitality are just some of the countless attractions Athens has to offer.
They provide a unique opportunity for those visiting the cradle of democracy, an experience you will never forget. In addition to the celebrated classical sites, the city boasts Byzantine, medieval and 19th-century monuments as well the “The National Archaeological Museum” and areas of surprising natural beauty. Despite the traffic, there is an endearing village-like quality in the city’s neighbourhoods. Get a glimpse of typical Greek street life in the cafes, taverns and markets around Plaka. Moreover, Athens has the finest restaurants and the most varied nightlife in the country and remains a major European centre of culture.
Athens Sun, sand, fun (and blue flags!)
Athens is one of the few European capitals that can be proud of the quantity and variety of its beaches. Athens and Greece in general offers some of the most amazing Mediterranean beaches; 97% of them have received the EC blue flag as a mark of quality. Renting a car is a good idea if you want to be able to get to certain beaches without worrying about bus schedules. Renting a 4x4 or a motorbike will help you access some of the isolated beaches and more interesting ones.
Hotels near popular Athens tourist attractions
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- The New Acropolis Museum video
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