Athens travel guide is featuring Athens, Greece, travel and tourism information with hotels, tourist attraction, restaurants, shopping and providing Athens travel tips.
Athens is the capital of Greece and is the largest city in the country. This famous city is regarded as the birthplace of the first formal democracies and possesses exceptional importance of abundant archaeological remains, including the Parthenon on the Acropolis and the Tower of the Winds.
Lord Byron described Athens as "the place I preferred on the hole to any I have seen". Athens is the city where ends meet... the classic with the contemporary, the ancient with the modern, the conservative with the rebellious, the West with the East. It is the city that blurs the line between the history and the legend, the myth and the reality.
Seize the day and go climb up the “sacred Rock”, the Acropolis, and let your eyes feast with the astonishing view of the monuments’ great history and glory. Walk on the “Grand Promenade” and “volta” (stroll) down the most important archaeological site in all Greece, the Roman Agora, the Ancient Agora, Olympeion, Stoa of Attalos, Kerameikos cemetery, Pnyx, Areios Pagos. Don’t miss a thing! Feel the rhythm of the Athens... Stop at Plaka and take the chance for an al fresco lunch even at winter, followed by a shot of ouzo. Go shopping in the cosmopolitan Voukourestiou Street and discover exclusive designer boutiques, world-renowned jewellery stores and luxury goods. At night, go up go up the Lycabettus Hill and let the view fascinate you. Relax with a classical concert in Megaron Mousikis, the Athens Concert Hall; or enjoy dancing under the stars till dawn in one of the trendy seaside nightclub. Close to Plaka, visit the Arch of Hadrian and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
At night, you can walk among the many typical taverns until you find some with show or take a bottle of Greek wine in the numerous corners with a view to the illuminated Parthenon. On the other side of the hill, it is also interesting to visit the Areopagus, just above the site of the Ancient Agora, which includes the temple of Hephaestus, the Library of Hadrian, the Hill of Philopappus or of the Muses. A bit further another archaeological site is found, the Keramikos Cemetery.
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is another splendid neo-classical building housing some of the most important artifacts from archaeological locations all over Greece. They would be many beauties to name which we leave for you to discover the wonders inside the house. Other notable museums are the Byzantine Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the National Art Gallery, the Benaki Museum, etc.
Take the pleasure in the city’s string of beaches, from Paleo Faliro to the Saronic Gulf up to Cape Sounio. Reach the top of the Attica Mountains’ “ring” and its network of trails through natural scenery, several mystic caves as well as ancient and Byzantine monuments. Enjoy horseback riding, mountain bike or rock climbing. Feel a champion in the golf course of Glyfada, landscaped with mature trees and shrubbery.
From Kifissia to Pireus, discover Athens anew, as a city continually changing, mystifying and enchanting.