Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece; it’s a historic destination city that worth a visit at least once in a lifetime, Athens is famous for numerous churches and religious attractions from ancient to modern times. If you can locate the right places to take pictures Athens will be an incredible experience just by seeing it.
Athens is full of buildings in the historical center of the city, buildings with architectural perfection that survived several times and that have received the visit of thousands of tourists, who have been attracted by the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the museums and the monuments and theatres from the glorious past of Athens.
The city of Athens is the city where democracy was born and most of the wise men from historical times, it’s also the place where one of the most important civilizations was established and has left many formidable edifices. But Athens is not only for historic buildings and ancient rests if you walk around the city, but you can also notice the coexistence of different eras.
Athens offers something for any tourist taste
Walking is not only one of the healthiest activities that you can do in Athens, due to the distances between most of the popular sights are not far, but you can also know and meet new people as you enjoy those places, by walking.
Shopping is a preferred activity by tourists also, Athens has many famous shopping areas; we recommend you the following:
If you look for books or musical instruments, then you can visit the Solon’s and Academia’s Street.
Monastiraki and the flea market are places where you can find huge market places.
Other places where you can find many shops are the Parliament square Panepistimiou and Studious.
If you are interested in ecology, in Glade (50 minutes from the center) you can do some work to take care of sea turtles.
In the old area of Athens, you can enjoy a free bike tour every Sunday and Saturday.
Places you should visit in Athens
Athens is not a big city, but it offers many attractions you cannot fail to visit:
The Acropolis of Athens: The most famous monument in Europe and considered one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.
The famous historic triangle (Plaka, Thission, and Psyri) formed by old neighborhoods that include old mansions well-preserved, luxury stores, fancy restaurants, and traditional establishments for visitors.
Aerospace (Mars Hill) Home to the Athenian council and court that offers incredible sights of the city.
Erechtheion: It’s a beautiful temple built to honor a legendary King and Athena and Poseidon (Greek Gods).
Metropolis the largest church in the city built in the 19th century; this building is impressive from the exterior as well as the interior with colorful decorations.
The Parthenon: This temple built to honor Athena (Greek goddess) that is conserved still from its construction in 440 BC; it’s a popular building recognized in any part of the world.
Other places include the temple of Hephaestus, Temple of Athena Nike, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Mikri Metropolis, and more.
What you should know about Athens
Greek is the main language used in the city, but you’ll notice that many people speak English, and if you look for guided tours, there are tourist guides in French and German also. Due to the great number of visitors, most signs and menus and other important information are written in English as well as in Greek.
Disabled people have special attention in Athens, they offer discounts and all facilities for these people.
Athens also has numerous beaches, famous for being well-organized and easy to access; some of them are Marathon, Rafina, Nea Makri, Agios Andreas, Porto Rafti, Loutsa, and Sounio.