Established nearly 3400 years ago, Athens is the capital city of Greece. Regarded as one of the oldest cities of the world, Athens had human presence starting from somewhere between 11th & 7th century BC. One of the main reason that attracts a lot of tourist is its natural beauty with city surrounded by plenty of hilly areas which makes for a great viewing. Another likable thing about Athens is that it is one of the cleanest city in the world. The city offers some of the best coffees you have had & also provide the mouth-watering traditional Greek delicacy, which you will love to eat. If you are fan of history & architecture, then you will love this place because very few places in world offers you the kind of versatility as Athens does.
Athens is often regarded as the “City of Monuments”, because the Greek civilization is one of the oldest & biggest in the entire Europe, so it is pretty obvious that lots of history is associated with the city. You will find a dozens of monuments in the city, right from the famous Acropolis to Parthenon to other temples, libraries & ancient museums, which are one of the most recognized in the world.
Democracy is the most common form of government now a days, but did you knew that Athens was the birthplace of it, around 500 BC. The word democracy has its origin in Greek, with demo meaning the people & cratos meaning power. Athenian Democracy was the first of its kind, with people at the center of all the decision making. Today, you visit the hill of Pnika where all the public meetings were held.
Athens is also known for its brilliant theatres, with the first ever theatre being written in Ancient Athens & were the part of the festivals that honored the god Dionysus. There were three types of plays: tragedies, comedies & satyr. Unlike today there were only men who take part in the drama & they had to wear a mask. Today, near Acropolis you can still find some evidence of ruined theatre.
Many of us knew that Ancient Greece was the origin of the Olympics, but very few people know that first modern Olympics was also hosted by Greece in the city of Athens in 1896. Pierre de Coubertin was the person behind this idea & the first games had 250 athletes from 14 countries participating in the games held at Panathenian Stadium. After 102 years of that event Athens again hosted the Olympics in 2004, this time with all the modern infrastructure.
You are very lucky if your in Athens because the see is less than an hour away from the city & it has some of the most magnificent beaches that you will ever see. The see is very much visible from the terraces of any locals in Athens. Of course! the Greek Islands are lot more beautiful than this. But if you can’t visit them, there are lots of beautiful costs around the city, which are easily accessible by a bus or the tram.
Locatedin the heart of the city, Electra Metropolisis a brand new 5-star hotel with all the modern amenities that attracts the tourist. It is situated at the beginning of Mitropoleos Street next to Syntagma Square, which is the most famous square in Greece. The hotel is a just 5 minutes away from the metro station & 15 minutes away from the Acropolis. The breakfast buffet is given complementary for the guests
Situated in the beginning of Ermou Street, which is city’s main shopping area Electra Athens is 4-star hotel that offers you all the luxury & comfort. It is the most convenient hotel for the travelers as it can be reach just by a walk from Plaka, Monastiraki & the Acropolis. With the metro station where nearby to the hotel, it offers you an easy reach to the city.
Located in the middle of the historic center, AVA hotel is an ideal choice for the traveler because not only it is surrounded by all the famous monuments of ancient Greek civilization, but also very close to the modern Athens. AVA is boutique hotel, providing you some of the most contained & spacious suits in Athens. It offers all the exclusive comfort with a sense of personalized touch which attracts a lot of tourists..
Established in 1829 and Situated in the Exarcheia area in the central Athens, National Archaeological Museum is one of the greatest museums of the world. You won’t find a better place to watch all the Greek antiquity than this one, right from the ancient Greek sculpture to jewellery to pottery to a 2000 year old computer, the museum has all the basis covered. It also hosts a large number of archaeology related lectures in its lecture-hall annually.
Located between the famous streets of Athens, Athinas Street & Eolou Street, Agora-Athens Central Market is one of the must see destinations of the city. Even if you are not much interested in vegetables, fish & meat, you won’t find a lively place than this in the entire Athens. Whether you visit it in early morning or at late night, the market engages offers you some of the most delightful food you ever had and that too at a cheap price.
Located in the upcoming area of Gazi in the city of Athens, Psiri is small endless street which contains some of most delightful cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, theatre and galleries, all within a minutes distance from Athinas & Ermou street. The best time to visit this place is on weekends night, especially during the festivals. During the Olympics of 2004, this street became very popular among the tourist & today your visit to the city is incomplete without visiting this place.
Filopappou hill is the extension of the Acropolis hill. At the edge of it there is an abrupt cliff which is great for rock climbing. All the required gear is set on the rock by experts and when the weather allows it, it's full of climbers.
Vrahakia means small rocks. It's the top of Aeropagus hill and the view is stunning. From there, you can see how big Athens is and which mountains surround the Attica basin. Using a map will help you get a clear image of the neighborhoods around the center.
Are you planning to explore the city of monuments which has the oldest civilization in the world history? Do you want to know where the idea of democracy & theatre came from? Then Athens is the perfect place to travel for you. Here is a bucket list of activities & experiences that you must not miss out when in this gorgeous city.
Athens is the city which remains lively right through the year & travelers can been around the city in all season. But the best time to visit the Athens is during the sunny days of autumn & spring, which means the from the month of March to starting of June are the best months for traveling around the city. If you do not like places with lots of crowd, you can visit the city during winters, which is considered to be the off-season for tourist.
The Government of Greece maintains a high standard of measures for both health & security of the tourist who are traveling around the country. The city of Athens which attracts a lot of traveler right through the year, has released a guidelines for the travelers that you should follow. In terms of health, you should be up to date with routine vaccination, other than that if you are going to involve in lots outdoor activities the vaccination of Rabies is must. Always carry a bottle of water with you because the city is very hot. Make sure you always wear shoes while traveling in Athens because there are hardly any flat areas. In terms of safety, don’t put you wallet in the back pocket & always be attentive about your camera. Old age & physically challenged person should avoid this tour. Be aware about the bar scams that often takes place & try to stay away from any suspicious person.
Greece is a member-state of the European Union and signed the Schegen Agreement, which says that the member of the European Union i.e. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & Liechtenstein don’t require visa to enter into Athens. they just need to carry their passport with an identity card. Citizens of Australia, Canada & US can stay in Greece up to 90 days without a visa. While the rest of the countries need to have a valid Greek Visa from the Embassy in advance & for that they need ensure a travel insurance that covers them in the case of medical emergency during the trip, after which they are allowed to stay for maximum of 90 days as tourist.