Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments – a rare historical palimpsest.
The tour starts at the temple of Olympian Zeus, one of the largest in antiquity and close by Hadrian’s Arch which forms the symbolic entrance to the city. From there, walking along Dionysou Areopaghitou Street you pass the ancient Theatre of Dionysos where most of the works by Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylos and Aristophanes were performed.
From there you climb up to the sacred rock of the Acropolis, the site of some of the most important masterpieces of worldwide architecture and art, the most renowned of which is the Parthenon temple.
However, our tour of enchanting Athens does not restrict itself only to these unique archaeological sites.
The historical center is the traditional commercial neighborhood, with more than 2,500 shops of all kinds, which spreads out over the streets surrounding Ermou Street. The western “border” of the area is Athinas Street, where the foodstuff commerce is concentrated, reminding one strongly of the Middle East.
The southern suburbs, located on the coast of the Saronic Gulf (Athens Riviera), a recreational and cultural park is being planned, comprising the existing sports facilities. They offer many opportunities to take a walk along the seaside, while you will also find many beautiful organized and free beaches, large shopping centers and nightclubs (especially during the summer). In the Maroussi suburb (north of the center) are the facilities of the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens, where the majority of the athletic events were held during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Kifissia (north of Maroussi) is also worth a visit, with its beautiful villas and impressive mansions.
Moreover, if you wish to leave the center behind you, you may visit, amongst others, the neighboring town of Glyfada, Voula, Sounio, one of the most expensive areas of Attica.