Athens City is the Historical Capital of Europe,
with a long history,dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic Age.
In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) the Athens City’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance.
Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens City, and erected unique, splendid monuments – a rare historical palimpsest.
In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek State and in two centuries it has become an attractive Modern Metropolis with unrivaled charm.
The “core” of the Historic Center is Plaka, at the eastern side of the Acropolis.Walking through the narrow labyrinthine streets of Plaka, you will have the impression of traveling with a “time machine”.
You will encounter Ancient Monuments, such as the Lysikrates Monument, the Roman Agora with the famous “Tower of the Winds”, and Hadrian’s Library (132 A.D.) and many others.
There are also some Interesting Museums like:
- Folk Art Museum
- Greek Children’s Art Museum
- Popular Musical Instruments Museum
- Frysira Art Gallery
Lots of picturesque taverns, cafés, bars, as well as souvenirs and traditional Greek products shops are surrounded this area.
The Southern Suburbs of Athens City are located on the coast of the Saronic Gulf. They offer many opportunities to walk along the seaside, while you will also find beautiful beaches, large shopping centers and clubs (especially during the summertime).
Maroussi Suburb, north of Athens City hosts the facilities of the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens, where the majority of the athletic events were held during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Also at the north part, Kifissia Suburb, with its Beautiful Villas and Impressive Mansions, is also worth a visit.
Moreover, if you wish to explore other treasures out of the City of Athens, you may visit:
- Piraeus City, Greece’s main port.
- Byzantine Daphni Monastery (12th century)
- Kaisariani Monastery (2nd century)
- Temple of Poseidon (5th century B.C.) at Cape Sounion
- Tomb of Marathon, the area of the battle of Marathon (490 B.C.)
- Eleusina Archaeological Site
- Amphiareion Archaeological Site
- Vravron Archaeological Site
- Mountains that are surrounding Athens, Parnitha, Penteli and Hymettos, all suitable for hiking