Athens. The city with the most glorious history
in the world, a city worshipped by gods and people, a magical city. The
enchanting capital of Greece has always been a birthplace for civilization. It
is the city where democracy was born and most of the wise men of ancient times.
The most important civilization of ancient world flourished in Athens and
relives through some of the world’s most formidable edifices.
Who hasn’t heard of the Acropolis of Athens? Photos and history of the most
famous archaeological monument in Europe have made the world tour causing
feelings of admiration by thousands of people. Acropolis is nominated to be one
of the 7 wonders of modern world. In fact the trademark of Athens is one of the
favorites. The Holy Rock of Acropolis dates back to the 5th BC, the famous
Golden Age of Periklis. Athens met times of bloom and decline, but still shines
under the Attic sky gazing the future. Still sparkling like the marbles of
Parthenon and the limpid white of Pentelic marble.
Athens is situated in the prefecture of Attica and extends to the peninsula
that reaches up to Central Greece. It is surrounded by mountains Ymmytos,
Pendeli and Parnitha, northwards and eastwards, and the Saronic gulf southwards
and westwards. The sun is shining over Athens all year round. The climate is
one of the best in Europe, with mild winters and very hot summers, ideal for
tourism. It is located just a few kilometers from the port of Piraeus, the
central commercial port of the capital, and the shores of southern Attica.
Athens is constantly inhabited since Neolithic Age. The 5th century was the
time of its ultimate bloom, when moral values and civilization surpassed city
limits and became the mother land of western civilization. In the centuries
that followed, many conquerors tried to take over Athens. In 1834 Athens was
chosen to be the capital of the newly established Greek State. The city that
now hosts more than 4,5 million people, was constructed around the Acropolis
walls. Today it is the political, social, cultural, financial and commercial
center of Greece. Cheap flights make it affordable and easy to reach Athens for
vacation or business.
Athens is a city of different aspects. A walk around the famous historic
triangle (Plaka, Thission, Psyri) the old neighborhoods, reveal the coexistence
of different eras. Old mansions, well-preserved ones and other worn down by
time. Luxurious department stores and small intimate shops, fancy restaurants
and traditional taverns. All have their place in this city.
The heart of Athens beats in Syntagma Square. Where Parliament and most of the
Ministries are. Monastiraki, Kolonaki and Lycabettus Hill attract thousands of
visitors all year round. A few kilometers from the historic center in Faliro,
Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni, you can enjoy the sea breeze. Or you can head
up north and enjoy the fresh air at the more classy neighborhoods of Marousi,
Melissia, Vrilissia and of course Kifisia.
Athens and Attica in general have the most important archaeological monuments
(Acropolis, Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Olymbion, Roman Market, Panathinaiko
Stadium or Kallimarmaro, The Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, etc). In the capital
you will admire many imposing neoclassic buildings, true ornaments of the city
(The Greek Parliament, Athens Academy and University, etc). Don’t miss visiting
the museums hosting unique treasures of our cultural inheritance
(Archaeological Museum, Military Museum, Byzantine Museum, etc).
Athens has always attracted peoples’ attention. During the 2004 Olympic Games proved
that, despite all the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, she never – not
once – lost the talent. The return of Olympic Games to their birthplace was a
The capital is famous, more than any other European capital, for its nightlife.
Athens by night totally changes. The options for entertainment satisfy all
tastes. The famous “bouzoukia” are the leaders in the Athenian
entertainment. While the numerous theaters all around Athens offer a different
type of entertainment. Athens is a divine city. Let it enchant you…