Athens City Breaks Guide
For over 3500 years Athens has been attracting visitors. Steeped in history and home to one of the most famous buildings in the world: the Parthenon, which represents the golden age of urban planning in Athens, it is impossible to compete with the impressive architecture of the city. In addition to being just a tourist spot, Athens also hosts more than half of Greece’s population. Athens breaks will surely help you get to know this extremely beautiful city.
You will surely fall in love with the confused and elegant skyline of neoclassical facades, whitewashed sugar lump houses, the Plaka district – a colorful mixture of flea markets and antique shops, markets that have stalls full of huge tanks of olives, fish cool and well-stocked tables arranged by the sidewalk taverns.
The acropolis is one of the places most visited by tourists. It provides the best of classical architecture that you can find anywhere else in the world. Find the thin Ionic columns of the Temple of Athena and the six female Caryatids of the Erechtheion included in the satellite buildings. Theater played an important role in ancient Greece. The Roman theater of Herodes Atticus still hosts summer shows for theater enthusiasts. After a cultural party at the Acropolis, you can visit the Benaki Museum where you can spark your curiosities and the National Archaeological Museum will keep you busy for days. If you are looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Athenian life, a peaceful stroll along the 40 acres of the National Gardens is the best.
Modern Athens is believed to have been born in 1834 and restored as the newly independent capital of Greece. After World War II, massive expansion financed by American money took place. The Mediterranean climate was responsible for the high temperatures in the city. Pollution and excess traffic have been some of the problems that Athens has started to address. Visitors and philosophers believed that architectural excellence was overshadowed by urbanization. However, over 3 million people visit this city every year and take a look at their favorite places.
In addition to the famous classical sites, the city also boasts Byzantines, medieval and 9th century monuments and some of the most famous museums in the world. You will also appreciate some of the areas that are immersed in a surprisingly natural beauty. Although the traffic is intense, the qualities of the village are very evident in their cafes, markets, taverns and in the labyrinthine streets surrounding Plaka. Athens is also known for its excellent restaurants and colorful and varied nightlife. The port of Piraeus and the metropolitan area are economic centers and industrial areas of Greece. The 2004 Olympics led to many new developments that included an airport, new sports facilities, the extension of the metropolitan system, the upgrading of hotels and the renovation of many important museums.