Athens is one of the most impressive capitals in the whole world since it is characterized by a unique liveliness amidst an unsurpassed combination of history and culture.
With the historic centre of Athens just 22 kilometres away, you may go on a day trip to see Syntagma Square, watch the changing of the Evzones (guards) ceremony, visit the iconic Parthenon and the new Acropolis Museum. You may also combine coffee or a meal with a stroll between Plaka and Monastiraki paved streets.
Sightseeing in Athens:
The Acropolis, or Sacred Rock, is a symbol of Athens. There lies the Parthenon and other ancient monuments built during the reign of Pericles in the fifth century BC, when Athens was the most important cultural and spiritual center in the world. The Acropolis is UNESCO World Heritage Site and should be visited when you are in Athens.
The Acropolis Museum
The new Museum hosts exhibits dating from the Copper Age, the Roman era and the Byzantine Empire. It is worth a tour to admire all of these unique findings and to travel back in time.
You may explore the city starting from Syntagma Square, the most central part of the city, within easy reach of many attractions and with easy access to public transport.
Syntagma means Constitution, which was conceded to the Greeks after a popular uprising in 1834.
One of the most picturesque districts of Athens, Monastiraki, borders and connects directly with Plaka. Its flea market, a paradise to collectors, is well known.
However, the best about Monastiraki is its coffee shops. There you may enjoy a sunny day with meze, drinks, coffee or ouzo and a view to the Parthenon, the Acropolis, and the Ancient Agora.
Take a stroll through the picturesque streets of Plaka and explore the local museums or discover the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora.After exploring the rich history of the area, enjoy your coffee or delicious snacks at traditional taverns with a breathtaking view of the Acropolis and all the fascinating monuments. (photo credits George Girnas)