Athens is rightfully considered the historical capital of Europe.
Throughout its long history, Athens city has been occupied by multiple conquerors leaving their cultural marks and making Athens a fascinating melting-pot of cultures and ideas. Over the centuries, the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in the two centuries since, it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.
From ancient temples to Roman arches and from Byzantine churches to modern architectural wonders, Athens is a metropolis where history and the present coexist in harmony. Walk where Aristotle, Plato and Pericles once walked; admire the frescoes in one of the many Byzantine churches; take your espresso with Acropolis in the background or visit the newly built Acropolis museum. Then brave the climb up the sacred rock of Acropolis and visit the symbol of the city, the Parthenon, that still stands after two millennia, defying the corrosive forces of time.
Athens also boasts a vibrant art scene with countless galleries, museums and antique shops that are must-see stops for those who appreciate art and history. Any who want to delight their palates, there are a great number of gourmet restaurants that can accommodate a variety of taste preferences. There is also a burgeoning wine-tasting industry beginning to rival the more traditional Italian and French wines for the attention of the wine tasting experts. If an exciting night on the town is your preference, Athens provides many exciting venues where people of all ages enjoy the party scene or lounges for the quieter taste.