Being the center and capital of Greece, Athens is a metropolis of southern Europe filled with history, beautiful places and a wide range of possibilities. But let’s find out which are the top 3 reasons to visit this unique city.
Athens is the city with the richest history in the whole of Europe, and one of the biggest cities worldwide as it has been inhabited for 3.000 years. Athens managed to become the leading city of ancient Greece, where the foundations of western civilization were set. No wonder why number one tourist activity is nothing, but sightseeing. The first and foremost sight to visit is the Acropolis of Athens. Set on the highest hill in the heart of the city, the Acropolis is a feast for the culture vultures’ eyes. Its exceptional architecture and wealth of sculptures depict the magnificence of that era. Add the superb panoramic view offered, and you’ll have the best photo session point in the city. Museums, such as the National Archaeological Museum and the new Acropolis Museum should definitely figure in your to visit list, as they display important treasures from ancient Greece and Athens in particular.
Widely known for its beneficial effects, Mediterranean and mostly Greek diet, has always been a big draw for the crowds also because of it savory flavors. And where better to taste Greek cuisine than in an especially dedicated place, such as a museum. In 2003, the Greek Gastronomy Museum in the downtown area of Psyrri opened its gates to spread the knowledge about Greek cooking. Visitors can book a tour in the museum, including dinner with dishes inspired from Classical Greece. Alternatively, wandering around the oldest neighborhood of Athens, Plaka, you are sure to find many traditional taverns and souvlaki places (a snack with slices of pork, French fries, tomato and a garlic dip called tzatziki all wrapped in pita bread), for some divine lunch or dinner.
Athens is as lively in the night as in the day. It offers a vast selection of entertainment options, thanks to it plethora of bars, clubs, traditional and cozy cafes. A lot of places feature live music, either Greek or international due to the city’s cosmopolitan aura. Some of the most popular places to dance your nights in Athens out are elegant Kolonaki, classical Plaka and Monastiraki, and last but not least alternative Gazi.
Tip: Where to stay
To be able to make the most out of this exciting city, you’d better choose a central property close to the public means of transport as well as in close proximity to all major sights located in the center of Athens. So, a good choice would be the award-winning Crowne Plaza Athens offering high-standard accommodation with modern amenities, just a few-minutes’ walk from the main Syntagma square.