Capital of Greece

Athens

  • About Athens

    Athens is the capital of Greece and it is the largest city with over 4 million inhabitants. Athens is an old city. They have been inhabited here already during prehistoric times. The oldest part was built on the rock of Acropolis. From the beginning there was a castle on the Acropolis and then it became a temple area dedicated to the goddess Pallas Athena. It is forbidden to build houses in Athens that are higher than the Acropolis. Here is the Parthenon Temple as one of the wonders of the world. The temple was created by Fidia in 432 BC It is 70 meters long and 30 meters wide and has 17 columns along the long sides and 8 after the short sides. The temple was badly damaged in a war in 1687.
    From Athens you can get to most places in Greece either by plane, boat, train or bus. Athens is a very popular destination. This means that there are many airlines operating Athens which allows you to find cheap air tickets. Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is located east of the city, about 45 minutes from the city center by car. The most popular district of Plaka is full of neighborhood bars, nightclubs, souvenir shops and marketplaces. The district of Psyrri is the entertainment district where all Athens young people gather in the evenings.
    A good alternative for accommodation is the Glyfade district with its surroundings. On the one hand, it is cheaper than in the center and on the other, you have access to fine beaches. After this coastal strip, TRAM runs with several departures per hour to the center.

  • Travel information


    From Athens airport you can easily take the bus or train to the city center.

    If you are going to Piraeus, it is bus X96 that applies.
    In that case you will find a detailed travel description in the Poros guide.
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  • Sights

    Acropolis
    The Acropolis Rock is the most famous attraction in Athens. The marble erected buildings were built 400 years BC One of the largest temples is the Parthenon dedicated to Athena, which stood in statue in gold and ivory.
    The change of guard outside Parliament
    Watch change at Parliament is every hour. Here is the unknown soldier's tomb guarded by soldiers, evzone in their traditional uniforms with tattered shoes.
    On Sundays at 11.00 am, there is a large change of guard with a large orchestra.
    Mount Lycabettus
    An oasis in Athens. Take the cable car up to the top and walk down. Adjacent to the church is a restaurant and an outdoor theater that usually have performances. Sit down and admire the view from the top.
    Archaeological National Museum
    One of the world's most interesting museums with priceless objects from thousands of years back in time.
    Plaka
    Small alleys erected in the Middle Ages. Small shops, taverns and nightclubs. Adjacent is Monastiraki with a large marketplace where lots of things are sold, for tourists and locals.

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