Birthplace of democracy, politics, philosophy and astronomy, and widely referred to as the cradle of western civilisation, few can deny the historic significance of Athens. Modern-day Athens is a vibrant metropolis, and although a huge sprawling city, the main visitor attractions are all located close to Syntagma Square in the heart of the city.
The historic landmarks of Athens are too numerous to mention, but a must-see visitor attraction is the Acropolis. Within the ancient fortified city of Athens, the Acropolis is now a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and contains some of the most famous landmarks in Greece; the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Panathinaiko Stadium, the home of the original Olympic Games, is also well worth a visit.
Apart from ancient monuments, Athens is home to a thriving arts scene, including the summer-long Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Greeks love to socialise and so Athens is also home to a vibrant nightlife, with tavernas, cafes and bars open long into the night.
- Kill Time at the Airport: The small show space at Athens Airport features rotating exhibitions, from photography to antiquities.
- Syntagma Square Sights: Check out the high-stepping soldiers in pleated miniskirts and woollen stockings at the changing of the guards at the Parliament building.
- A Wonderful Wander: Take a stroll through Archaeological Park and admire the city's ancient landmarks and monuments.
- Pay a visit to the Benaki Museum, which has a toy department featuring a collection of toys dating back to classical Greece.
- Head south of the city to Cape Sounion, and come face to face with the beautiful Adriatic Sea. The Temple of Poseidon offers amazing views.
- Have a frappe, a delicious coffee milk-shake, that’s extremely popular in Greece, especially during the summer.