With a history going back more than 3,000 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and provides an amazing blend of the ancient and the modern. Situated at the foot of Mount Lycabettus, Athens is the capital and largest city in Greece and is known the world over as a great destinations for travellers.
As well as having annual travel insurance, visitors are also advised to pack protection from the sun. Many of Athens’ best sites are open air and temperatures often exceed 30 degrees Celsius so sunscreen is essential.
Here we look at five of the best places to visit in this iconic metropolis.
Built as a tribute to the goddess Athena around 483 BCE, the temple towers over the city’s skyline and provides an instant reminder of Greece’s glorious past. Even today we owe much of our cultures and values to the ancient Greeks so a visit to a site of such significance is a must.
Despite the age of the temple, you can still clearly see the craftsmanship that went into its construction and with a little imagination it is easy to feel like you have been transported back to its golden age.
The National Archaeological Museum
This is quite simply one of the greatest museums in the world. It is home to an amazing array of artifacts from the ancient world, including jewellery, clothing arts, sculptures and Armour.
In addition to the articles on display, visitors are also able to enjoy a number of events at the museum, including concerts from leading local and international musicians.
The spirit of the Olympics can be felt at the Panathenaic Stadium. Built in the late 19th century, this granite arena is a complete reproduction of the one that stood on the site in the age of antiquity.
It was home to the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896 and was even used for some events when Athens hosted the Games in 2004.
While its size may be a little off-putting, a climb up the mount is well worth the effort. At its summit you can enjoy unrivaled views of the city and there is also a cafe and an amphitheater which has hosted acts as diverse as Chuck Berry and Black Sabbath.
The Agora-Athens Central Market
You’ll find few places as vibrant and lively as this indoor market on Athinas Street. Foodies will instantly fall in love with the place as it offers everything you could imagine to tantalize the pallet.
As well as stalls selling meats, fish and vegetables, the market is home to a number of excellent yet inexpensive tavernas. It also backs on to Athens’ Chinatown so you can get an instant mix of differing cultures.