Athens is the capital of Greece and is one of the oldest known cities of the world. It is acknowledged as the cradle and origin of Western civilization and even today carries the legacy of the classical era that it is proud of even today.
This city got a pleasant makeover during the Summer Olympics of 2004 that changed its face completely. Irrespective of the fact it continues to be visited by millions of tourists each year for its innate beauty and the relics of the bygone times.
When in town you must try to visit The Ancient Agora, a marketplace that was once alive with activity during Socrates and Plato's times. You can get a peek into the olden times at various excavations around the place. Temples, a concert hall and long arcades reminiscent of its powerful past are a sight worth seeing. You will be fascinated and equally astounded to be here, so don’t miss your chance to revisit history in Athens.
Anafiotika is a 19th century locality on the slants of the Acropolis hill. Located on top of Plaka, the city’s center and Monastiraki, the famed bazaar, this place is covered in whitewashed walls that are adorned with bougainvilleas. The serenity and tranquility of this area is absolutely is a welcome change in the ever bustling city of Athens.
The Acropolis is a marvel that the entire city cherishes. It is a citadel located on a rocky projection that houses the remnants of various age old buildings. It therefore is a place that holds immense architectural and historic connotations and is a thriving hub of local and foreign tourists. Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon are the most famous structures that speak of their mighty past.
Acropolis Museum Restaurant is an unlikely place to have lunch. But trust me it is one place that every person visiting the area tries to grab a meal at. You can relish tart with smoked trout, then proceed to the salad of spinach, basil and Lefkada salami and munch custard pie in the end. Once you are done with the scrumptious feast you can move towards the contemporary Bernard Tschumi building to admire the Greek sensation.
Navigate your way through Plaks’s narrow and busy streets to Byzantino to pick up a souvenir or two for your loved ones back home. While there are plethora of options available in the whole city but none can match the fancy offered by Byzantino. You will find an exquisite range of museum-copy jewelry which is a reproduction of the ancient Greek ornaments. Distinctively Greek, Byzantino jewels were adorned at Olympic ceremonies in Sydney and Athens.
Mount Lycabettus is an awesome place to visit at twilight. You can enjoy a romantic evening atop this peak with your special one looking at the extensive city down below and sipping a hot coffee in one of the cafes up there.
This and more Athens is a city where culture and contemporary blends!