Athens is a destination with real historical significance. The magnificent Acropolis is a must, but Athens has so much more to offer. The charming old town Plaka, cheap shopping, swinging Bouzouki Clubs and not to forget: Greek food
It is impossible to consider writing about a trip to Athens without taking a look back in time. Ancient Greece, Greek mythology and the birth of democracy. Remnants of the first Stone Age settlers have been found close to The Acropolis and date back to 6000 BC, and as early as 776 BC the first Olympic Games were held.
There are a few sights that you just shouldn't miss. The most important is without a doubt The Acropolis. The Parthenon is the biggest and most photographed temple on The Acropolis and it is the true symbol for Athens. The Parthenon was built as a monument to the Goddess Athena. In Greek mythology it is said that Athena and her uncle, the sea god Poseidon, competed for the affections of the Greeks, each providing one gift to the nation. Poseidon provided either a wonderful horse or a salt-water spring, but Athena provided the olive tree, giving shade, oil, and olives. The Greeks preferred her gift and named the city after her.
Another sight worth seeing is the charming area of Plaka. There are small lanes to explore with wonderful small shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs; it’s a wonderful place for a late dinner with traditional Greek specialities.
If you think that all Athens has to offer in the way of shopping is strappy leather sandals and shiny pottery, then think again. Athens is a modern city with new shopping malls such as Attika and Hondos Center. And as with all major cities you can find designer labels as well as more unusual finds.
The district around the Monastriaki Square is great for fun shopping there is a flea market in the narrow lanes, and along the boulevard in Kolonaki you can check out the trendy cafés and the designer boutiques.
Only a short 30-40 minute car ride is the so called ”Gold Coast” - the Athens Riviera. It stretches all the way from Glyfada in the north to the Cape of Sounio in the south. There are expensive rental complexes, shopping, interior design, cafés, fast food and night life. If you are in to surfing then this is the place for you, great waves just off the coast.
Apart from the fantastic city of Athens, Greece is famous for it's many beautiful islands and Athens is a great starting point for island hopping! The harbour in Piraeus is the main starting point for boats heading out to the islands. Salamina, Hydra, Spetses, Aegina, and Poros for connections to the party islands of Ios, Mykonos and Corfu.
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