THE CAPITAL OF GREECE!
Being the largest city of the country with a population of 3.7 million people, Athens is the capital of Greece. The city standing as the economic, cultural and governmental center of the country originates its name from the warrior Goddess of wisdom, Athena.
Athens Eleutherios Venizelos Airport is located 27 kilometers east of the city center. You can reach the city center by metro, train, express bus, taxi, or private transfer services from the airport. Transport around the urban area is practical thanks to the public transportation system which includes vehicles such as the metro, busses, trams, trolleybuses, and trains, and has recently been improved. Taxi fares are also more economical compared to other European cities.
The city center includes some luxury hotels, hotels for all other budgets, hostels and apartments. Some of the upscale hotels are : King George, Hotel Grande Bretagne, AVA Hotel Athens, Electra Palace Hotel, Semiramis, Hilton Athens, InterContinental Athenaeum and Pallas Athena Grecotel Boutique Hotel. If you are looking for a medium priced hotel you can check out the Philippos Hotel, Attalos Hotel, Areos Hotel, Athens Center Square, Elements Hotel Apartments, Katerina Hotel, Best Western Pythagorion Hotel, Centrotel Hotel and Economy Hotel. If you prefer low priced accommodation you can stay at Hotel Cosmos, Hotel Athinaikon, Hotel Neos Olympos, Pagration Youth Hostel or Pella-Inn Hotel.
The ancient ruins constitute the main cultural and historical heritage of the city. Contrary to the scattered settlement structure of the capital, the must-sees of Athens do not range far and wide. In such a case, you have not to cover overall the city to experience its main tourist attractions. You should visit Athens, at least, for Akropolis of Athens, the most siginificant ancient monumental artifact of ancient Greek culture and of the West. Taking its name from the old inhabitants of the city, this archaeological grandeur at Anafiotika can be seen from all around Athens. Consisting of three hills, Akropolis Hill harbors significant monuments such as Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Athena Nike and Propylaea. The ancient Agora located at Monastiraki was the fundamental commercial, political, administrative and social center of the ancient Athens. It was the focus of the malls of the ancient Athens. Stoa of Zeus Eleutherios from where Socrates called upon the people of the term, Agora museum and more are found within this market of the ancient times. If you want to accomplish to explore the ancient culture, then visit this monument. Benaki Museum (Kolonaki), Museum of Greek Folk Art (Plaka), Temple of Olympion (Syntagma), Theatre of Dionysus at the side of Acropolis, National Archaeological Museum (Exarhia), Plaka and Anafiotika historic urban places including neoclassical houses, Turkish mosques, Byzantine churches and ancient monuments are the reflections of the rich and long history of Athens waiting for your viewing.
Athens purveys all the shopping alternatives for shopaolics from jewellery, antiques, handicrafts, ancient style motives to designer clothes, local souvenirs, fashions and famous brands. From high income people to the lowest level ones, all the visitors are evoked to shop. Plaka and Monastiraki houses fascinating jewellery, antiques and all kinds of ornaments. Kolonaki is one of the best places for you to shop designer-wear. You will find designer boutiques including Versace, Gucci, Armani and Greek famous brands. Ermou with pedestrian lanes is the most proper place where you will have the facility of experiencing a comfortable and high quality shopping including European famous clothing brands. Monstraki is the best place for the visitors looking for flea markets. Also, Kentriki Agora Omnia is the central food market in Athens.
As a cosmopolitan city, Athens is especially under the effects of Hellenic culture. The Hellenic Festival held every year is the best reflection of this kind of culture. Also, Athens is one of the symbol art cities of Europe. A great deal of El Greco masterpieces are showed off in the National Gallery of Art opposite Hilton Athens. In summer, Cine Pari Cinema in Plaka and Aigli Cinema in Zappeio Gardens are the best choices for you for outdoor cinema. Herodes Atticus Theatre houses ancient Greek dramas and comedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. Mathematician Plato and tragedians Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus were born in Athens. Rembetika is the authentic Greek music. Taverna is a significant entertainment life of Athens, especially the night life. You should not miss the taverns at Plaka. Mégaron Mousikis Athenon is a modern concert hall of Athena housing ballet, opera, classical music, conferences and specific demonstrations. Night life in Athena serves to every need. A great range night venues offer quite different alternatives for night life.