Things to Do in Athens
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Athens, Greece, has been the city of cultural imagination and classical history for over three millennia. The largest city in Greece, Athens, the namesake of the patron goddess, Athena, is the nation’s capital. Here is an idyllic blend of the roots of western civilization, myth and legend, and modern cosmopolitan life. All this in a comfortable Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and warm, mild winters. And beaches galore!
In its early days, peaking around the 5th century BC, Athens was a powerful city-state engaged in learning, architecture, the arts, philosophy, and empire-building. Its influence on the emerging Roman Empire was profound; it is widely regarded as the seat of modern civilization.
Constantly under restoration in parts, Athens remains a world-class travel destination, particularly for those who cherish culture and the arts. In modern educational curriculums, when students study the classics, they are in effect focussed on what went on in Athens around 3,400 years ago.
Because of its ancient history, international flavours, and seaside location, Athens offers a plethora of attractions for tourists. Key among its draws is the famous Acropolis, a citadel elevated above the city, and resplendent with ancient temples and monuments.
Tour the city of Athens with stops at:
- the Acropolis, including the Parthenon
- the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods
- an enviable collection of museums
All the while, beneath your feet, rest thousands of years worth of human history, of us. A visit to Athens is akin to having attended Plato’s Academy or Aristotle’s Lyceum back in the day. It is a concentrated, curated memory of how we became civilized. Athens is the ancient home of mankind.