Athens is the capital city of Greece with a metropolitan population of 3.7 million inhabitants. It is in many ways the birthplace of Classical Greece, and therefore of Western civilization. It is surrounded by mountains Ymmytos, Pendeli and Parnitha, northwards and eastwards, and the Saronic gulf southwards and westwards.
Popular Vacation Hotspots in Athens (ATH), Greece
At first glance, Athens seems entirely to be composed of nasty, four- to six-story concrete buildings, lacking character and badly in need of paint, but if you look beyond that, you will find little gems tucked in amongst the grey. The areas at the foot of the Acropolis, Anafiotika, Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio are home to many wonderful neoclassical buildings, trendy and traditional cafes and shops, narrow winding streets, and incredible views of the Acropolis. Little Greek Orthodox churches are tucked in amongst the concrete, often in the most unexpected places. These are usually beautifully decorated with icons and brass fixtures inside, but make sure you're appropriately dressed (no short sleeves or bare legs is a good rule of thumb, as a mark of respect).
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Popular Tourist Attractions in Athens (ATH), Greece
Acropolis of Athens
Ancient Agora of Athens
Nathional Arcaeological Museum
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Temple of Hephaestus
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Get a great feel for life as you walk through the historic Anafiotika neighborhood on the slopes of the Acropolis hill, near the entrance to the Agora. Masons who built it were from the island of Anafi, brought by King Otto I to build his palace. Hidden just above Plaka, Athens' center, and the busy Monastiraki bazaar, Anafiotika feels far removed. Bougainvilleas splash whitewashed walls while cats stalk brightly lit paths.
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