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What has yet to be said about Athens? This is the birthplace of civilization, the political, financial, and cultural centre of Greece. The city holds innumerable stories spread over its more than 3,000 years of history. It is even said that, without this city, Democracy would not exist. Its importance in history is simply magnificent. Even if the only thing you would visit would be the spectacular Acropolis, with legendary buildings like the Parthenon, it would still be worthwhile. But it is not only the city’s historic legacy that is a tourist attraction. In Athens, a simple stroll along its streets can be a great surprise. Besides the little “treasures” discovered in the city’s old neighbourhoods and their secret gardens, Athens on its own is a world map for the palate. Its gastronomy story is infinite, and visitors never fail to savour Mediterranean products such as the refreshing “tzatziki” and the succulent “moussaka”.
Embraced by the Parnitha and Pendelikon mountains, with beaches close-by and an energetic nightlife, this city is the perfect place for an unforgettable holiday.
Main City Athens
Surface 411,717 km²
Eating good and inexpensive needs no effort in Athens. The delicious and healthy Greek gastronomy is renowned across the world. There are numerous take-away places in which you can taste the typical “souvlaki”. However, if you prefer a relaxed dinner combined with the best views in town, you should try restaurant Strofi. On a charming terrace facing the Acropolis, you will be serves local dishes prepared with care, as well as a great wine selection at decent prices. The Strofi terrace is a 100% romantic experience. Try one of their specialties, like the oven-baked eggplant, pork in oregano sauce, or the fried feta cheese. All of that, combined with good live music. Still doubting? Don’t.
The Monastiraki neighbourhood is where one can feel the pulse of the city in its full splendour. This area, together with Plaka, is the most animated and unique of the city. If you prefer the classic markets instead of the shopping malls, here you will find one of the largest in Greece. Tradition and energy are spread across the little streets of Monastiraki. Pandrossou and Adrianou are the main streets with endless amounts of cafés and shops that live together in symbiosis: from fruit stands to fashion stores, from jewellery to antiques. An advice: don’t hesitate to haggle! On Sundays, the Athenians buy and sell all kinds of objects. You can find handmade shoes and local garments. Once you are done shopping, take a break in one of the lovely terraces and have a delicious “gyros”.
Athens means an artistic and cultural journey across centuries, in the city streets and districts, as well as in its multiple museums. Whether you are a fan of museums or not, this one will dazzle you. Even from the outside of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, you can sense the artistic grandness that is on display within. This is a real jewel and an architectural world reference. During the Second World War, it was buried for the sake of protection and the art works were spread out to avoid being plundered. Here you will find many prehistoric objects including Neolithic engraved vessels and enigmatic sculptures. Or see the famous Mask of Agamemnon with your own eyes. This place is a vast treasure that you might want to visit multiple times to understand Greek history better and deeper.