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Holidays to Athens
A visit to Athens, the capital city of Greece, is like taking one step back in time and one step ahead to the future. Although ancient temples wait around every corner, Athens also has a very modern, cosmopolitan vibe. By day visitors can explore the sites where Western civilization was formed and by night socialise in chic restaurants and swanky nightclubs. Constantly evolving, Athens is a city break destination with something for everyone.
What to see and do on a Holiday to Athens
It is impossible to come to Athens and miss the impressive Acropolis (pictured) resting on a hill high above the city. This was the ancient citadel, and today it is a remarkably well preserved complex of buildings and temples. The Parthenon is the most important temple here as
it was dedicated to the goddess Athena, the patron saint of the city. This is an iconic symbol of Greece, and a sight that should not be missed on a holiday to Athens.
One of the most appealing aspects of Athens is that it was built on and around a number of hills. This means there are plenty of places to climb above the hustle and bustle of the streets below, and gain panoramic views of Athens. Visitors can get some of the best views from the top of Lycavittos Hill, which can be reached either on foot or by the funicular railway. Lycabettus is another good vantage point to gain unhindered views of the Parthenon.
In recent years Athens has undergone a major revamping, and nowhere can this be seen better than at the numerous slick restaurants and bars lining the streets of the city. Enjoy a cappuccino or a glass of wine while watching the world go by from a trendy cafe terrace, savour a late dinner at a stylish gastrobar, and end the evening with cocktails and beats at a thumping nightclub. Ever evolving, Athens has managed to retain its status as one of the most vibrant cities in Europe throughout the centuries.
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