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From 5.000 B.C. to present, a global landmark

The history of Athens goes way back in time. The city took its name from its patron goddess Athena after a legendary contest with Poseidon. Each of the two gods provided Athenians with a gift and Athena won by creating the olive tree that symbolizes peace and prosperity. The Classical Period was a period of prosperity for many city-states in Greece, but specifically during the Golden Age and under Pericles’ administration, Athens experienced a cultural booming, that later defined the foundations of the Western European Culture. Visitors will get the chance to see the monuments, the sights, the historical neighborhoods and the museums and get in touch with the city’s glorious past. Before you visit this legendary city, check out your Athens travel guide by Mideast Travel!

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The Parthenon

A Sacred Rock. An architectural wonder. A high aesthetics masterpiece. The Acropolis could be the one and only reason for you to visit Athens.

The new Acropolis museum

Since June 2009, the new Acropolis Museum is the pride of the city. State-of-the-art technology, impressive modern architecture, more than 4.000 exhibits, from the Neolithic Era until the Middle Ages await to be admired.

The Philopappou hill

This is a location of extreme historical importance. An exceptional place that enjoys a wonderful view of the Acropolis, Salamina island, Athens and the surrounding mountains.

Monastiraki

This is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens and the place where ancient Athenians used to meet. A huge bazaar is daily open here, at the main pedestrian streets, where you can find anything you can think of.

The Parliament & the Constitution square

The Square is named after the Constitution that the first King of Greece Otto was obliged to grant, after a popular and military uprising on September 3, 1843. Syntagma Square is the most important square of modern Athens from both a historical and social point of view, at the epicentre of commercial activity and Greek politics.

Mikrolimano

This is a small picturesque marina, with hundreds of sailing boats and amphitheatrically built beautiful houses, only a few kilometers away from the city center. In Mikrolimano you will feel like you are in an island. The sea breeze will ease your stroll and the view will sweep you away.

The happy train

Get the chance to see the most popular and significant monuments of the city, having fun while on board the Happy Train. The train’s root crosses Acropolis, Monastiraki, Plaka, Thisio, the National Library, the University of Athens, the Presidential Mansion, the Gate of Adrianos, Zappeion and many more.

Sounio

In a beautiful location about 50 kilometers from Athens, visitors will get the chance to admire the truly spectacular Temple of Poseidon, which is located in Sounio. Atop of a hill, it dominates the scenery and enjoys a unique location. Try to visit it during full moon.

Monastiraki & Plaka

At the pedestrian streets of Monastiraki and Plaka (mainly form the historical center of the city), you can explore the big market, which includes stores with ethnic clothes, accessories, handmade jewelry, furniture, used books, souvenirs, antiques, handmade rosaries, food and spices. All the narrow paved streets are crowded, especially during the summer months.

Dionysos Restaurant

Modern Greek fare in a stylish glass-fronted 1960s venue with a terrace for Acropolis views.

43, Rovertou Galli St. 11742, Athens, Greece.

Tel.: +30210 9231936

Zafiro Experience

Get a taste of Greece’s night life, a globally unique way to cherish life and its true essence.

Attiko Alsos Area B
Galatsi, 113 63 Athens
Tel: +30 210 6930586 Ext.12

Zefiros (Piraeus)

In one of the most beautiful spots of Piraeus, the magical Mikrolimano , Zefiros the restaurant for over 80 years welcome friends of good traditional Greek seafood cuisine.

Akti Koumoundourou 48 Mikrolimano, 185 33 Piraeus
T: +30 210 4175152

Orizontes Lycabettus

Upscale restaurant for seafood-oriented cuisine on a panoramic terrace reached by cable car. The restayrant is located on the hill of Lycabettus, the highest peak of Athens.

Aristippou 1, Athina 106 76

T:+30 210721 0701

Kolonaki

If you are into haute couture and international brands visit Kolonaki, the most stylish area in Athens. Greek and international fashion brands, prestigious boutiques, high aesthetics stores, impressive jewelry shops, of both local and foreign designers.

Ermou street

Ermou Street, one of the main shopping roads of the center, together with the nearby streets, forms the well-known commercial hub of the city.

Shopping malls in Athens

In Attica Department Stores at the city center and Golden Hall in Marousi you may find many internationally famous brands while at Athens Metro Mall in Aghios Dimitrios and The Mall Athens in Marousi, you may find lots of products of lower budget.

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