What to see in Athens, Greece | The Cradle of Western culture

Athens is a city with so much to see and admire. It is necessary to spend several days so we are not left anything out. In fact , if we also know its surroundings, we can not settle for less than a week! But let’s start at the very city and its thousand and one attractions. The Greek capital experienced a significant ” facelift ” on the occasion of the Olympic Games in 2004, which also significantly improved its infrastructure and transport.

Acropolis, Athens

Acropolis, Athens

In Athens we find one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe, which runs around the famous Acropolis. In fact, the first ride we usually do in the city is the one that travels the most important historical landmarks of the city: the Temple of Zeus , the Acropolis and the Agora. In the Temple of Zeus, who is not enrolled in the pedestrian zone, are acquired tickets to visit the area. After a visit to the temple, we head to the street below Dionissiou Areopagitou, pedestrian and where the rest of the journey begin. Access to the Acropolis is from the southern slope, coming directly from the oldest theater in the world: the Theatre of Dionysus. From this point wonders happen that made us feel part of classical antiquity : the Herodes Atico Odeon , the Portico of Eumenes and the Acropolis itself, with the Parthenon as the prime example of classical Greek architecture. In this location we can also see the Propylea, the Statue of Athena Promacos, the Erechtheion caryatids and delicate , the Temple of Athena. Leaving the Acropolis we still have to see the Agora, a meeting and discussion place of the inhabitants of ancient Athens. In the Agora is possible to see the best preserved temple of classical antiquity : the Temple of Hephaestus, similar to the Parthenon. The stoas, Areopagus Street, the Tholos  and other landmarks are of interest.

Lycabetus hill

Lycabetus hill

Museums are a turning point in Athens. Specifically, there are two that visitors interested in culture and archeology can not miss: the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum. The Archaeological Museum has a vast collection that is hard to see in one day, so we had worthwhile information in our content, in order to select what most interested us. There are very famous sculptures such as bronze representing Poseidon (or Zeus, according to the different theories), the Child of Marathon and the Antikythera Efebo, the Frescoes from Santorini, Mycenaean art collections and the Cyclades. Hundreds and hundreds of moieties in which the beauty and delicacy of Greek art shown in all its glory. For its part, the Acropolis Museum (housed in a modern building with transparent floor) offers a collection of more than three hundred fifty sculptures and remains of different periods of Greek antiquity.

Anafiotika, Athens

Anafiotika, Athens

In Athens there are many other places to visit, in this case coming directly from antiquity and immersing in animation and life of the city. The Plaka, next to the Acropolis, is the oldest and lively city, full of winding streets shaded by beautiful neoclassical buildings. The shoppers would do well to go to Monastiraki, where you can also find excellent restaurants, a museum and an attractive market. Anafiotika is a small neighborhood in a picturesque enclave of white houses, steep streets crammed into while Piraeus (which is the port of Athens) is where Athens overlooking the sea. You can get there by subway and enjoy the Marina Zea or Mikrolimano, plus trips to the Greek Islands. And speaking of trips, if we have enough time to approach worth enclaves wonderful as Cape Sounion, the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus, Meteora and spectacular monasteries located on steep rocks, Mount Olympus (home of the gods) . .. And many other places to discover that Athens become one of our favorite traveler destinations.

Athens by night! Acropolis and port of Pireaus!

Athens by night! Acropolis and port of Pireaus!

Athens photos: Dennis, Salar Hassani, Asif R Naqvi, Bakadasu

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