Visiting Athens

(Athens, Greece)

Athens is a superb tourist destination and home to many of the world's most famous and breathtaking landmarks and historic ruins. The capital city of Greece, Athens is famed for its fascinating history and rich culture, welcoming large numbers of visitors each year.

The city of Athens also features an appealing Mediterranean climate, nearby beaches and many lively areas, which were redeveloped and improved when Athens hosted the successful 2004 Olympic Games, transforming the city into an even more appealing place to visit. Although package deals now mean that cheap holidays are possible, the best-placed hotels in Athens are generally quite expensive, particularly during the busy months of July and August.

Visiting Athens: Places to Visit

  • Attica Zoological Park, a modern zoo comprising one of the world's biggest bird parks, together with many exotic animals and landscaped gardens
  • Panathenaic Stadium, the most famous structure standing on Athens' acclaimed Acropolis and known throughout the world
  • Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), hosting many prominent events and concerts, featuring world-class acoustics
  • Theatre of Dionysos, located in central Athens, where it once hosted many enormous events and seated around 20,000 cheering spectators
  • Ramnous Archaeological Site, with impressive ruins and the remains of notable 5th-century temples
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus, a stunning ruined landmark built approximately 1,500 years ago
  • Acropolis (Akropolis), dominating much of Athens and known all over the world as an iconic example of classical Greek architecture at its best, constructed 2,500 years ago
  • Parliament Building, dating back to the mid-19th century and once a spectacular royal palace
  • Hadrian's Arch, the original gate to the city, historically linking the Roman region with the Athens area

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