Athens, Greece: One of the top historical destinations in Europe!

The Capital City of Greece, Athens

Athens, known best as the world’s oldest city, is the largest city and also the Capital of Greece is the most important places of historic importance due to the fact that the earliest human civilizations have been associated with it, dating back to the 11th to the 7th millennium B.C. The classical Athens emerged due to being the port city which connected it with the rest of the world and also due to the fact that it saw the birth of democracy in the west largely because of its political and cultural impact on the European continent and the Romans in particular.

Athens, Greece

The heritage of Athens

With the advent of human civilization in this region pretty early on, Athens showcases innumerous work of art, ancient monuments with the retains of the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman cultures along with the fact that it homes the landmark of the early Western civilization, The Parthenon! Athens is also the place which boasts of holding the famous of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely, the medieval Daphni Monastery and the Acropolis of Athens!

Places to visit in Athens, Greece

1. Parthenon, Acropolis:

This is located on the Acropolis on a hill which looks on Athens and is a temple built to honor the goddess Athena Parthenos, the patron of Athens! Dating back to 447 B.C., the actual attraction here is the chryselephantine made statue of Athena!

Parthenon, Acropolis Athens

2. Plaka:

Located underneath Acropolis is the Plaka district which showcases old Greek culture and is an island within the city! This place is known for authentic cuisines, cafes, ancient flora and fauna and stone walkways which all speak loud of its scenic extravagance! The various museums, boutiques and the cafes are others that this place offers.

Plaka Athens

3. Ancient Agora:

The place where all the marketing and the culture of Athens started from in the earlier days, this place is the spot where the ancient Greek democracy started from and boasts of having the Temple of Hephaistos built in the 5th century B.C. lying nearby in a grand state!

Ancient Agora

4. Erechtheum:

Another temple made of Pentellic marbles located on the Acropolis is also one of the legendary Greek masterpieces! This place is a must visit too in order to understand ancient Athena to its enormity!

Erechtheum

5. The Temple of Olympian Zeus:

The largest temple in Greece is this temple is a must visit too!

6. Syntagma Square:

Another interesting area to visit due to the change of guards in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or the fountains, ancient statues and the greasy picturesque areas for picnics, this place is important as well for holding the most important political functions and others to be held in here!

Syntagma Square

7. Others:

The other attractions include the National Archeological & New Acropolis Museum and the National Garden which one can behold. The adventure seeks can play merry at the Mount Lycaberrus, which is the highest point in Athens and hiking and climbing can be experienced over here!

Shopping options

Being the capital of Greece, shopping is a wonderful affair here. Starting from the shopping street at Ermou, Kolonkai and Glyfada one can shop with elan! Plaka, Monastiraki and Athinas, one can find souvenirs to take home along with shopping for antiques, dry fruits, fish and meat on the go!

The best time to visit

The best time to explore Athens is in the spring (March to May) and the fall time ( Oct-Nov) when the weather is great and the sun shines happily! This is also a good time to visit due to the fact that in the summers, it is scorching while the winter options cannot be ruled out totally!

Lodging and commute options

Athens is one of the overcrowded of the cities of Europe and thus the public transports like the bus service is overcrowded as well. The best way to commute is to take the local new metro along with the trams and the trolleys which are the better options here. Taxis, hiring a bike or a private car are not advisable due to the local people not abiding by the rules too often. However, Athens is well connected by airports, suburban rails and also by the water route to reach it. Hotels are innumerous here due to being the capital and also for its historical relevance where one can go for a budget one to a starred one as well.


References :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens

http://www.in2greece.com/english/places/summer/mainland/athens.htm

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