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The birthplace of democracy and the Olympic Games, Athens is home to ancient treasures at every street corner. Visit the incredible monuments, enjoy the bustling streets and cafes and enjoy lovely Mediterranean food.
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The Parthenon

Even if you don't care about archaeology or the fact that if it were not for the ancient Greeks you might be living in a far less civilized way, you can't come to Athens and not visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. With more than 2,500 years of its existence, the building has been a temple, a treasury, a fortress, and a mosque; in the 6th century AD the Parthenon became a Christian church, with the addition of an apse at the east end. Today it is one of the world's leading tourist attractions.

The National Archaeological Museum

You won't find a better collection of ancient Greek sculpture, jewellry, pottery, and the Antikythera Device than at the National Archaeological Museum at Athens. Intrestingly the Antikythera mechanism is an ancient analog computer designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses.Found in the shipwreck off the island of Antikithera, it makes you wonder how advanced really the ancient Greeks were. Athens has a lot of museums; you can choose one depending on your interest. If you love coins, visit the Nuimismatic Museum or if you like religious Icons then Byzantine Museum is for you, visit the War Museumfor an impressive collection of weapons. 

The Agora-Athens Central Market

Irrespective of what you feel about fish, meat and vegetables you won't find a livelier place than the Central market on Athinas Street. Come early in the morning to watch the trucks unload or between 7am and 1 pm when the market is full of Athenian shoppers. The restaurants in the meat market can't be beaten for good food at a reasonable price at any time of the day or night. And if that is not enough the Market is also the beginning of Athens Chinatown and Eolou Street, the pedestrian shopping district.

Mount Lycabettus

Mount Lycabettus stands high above Athens, commanding a clear view across the Attica basin and the Aegean also a great place to sit down for a cup of coffee. The hill also has a large open-air theater at the top, which has housed many Greek and international concerts. You can catch renowned acts of Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, James Brown and many others acts who visit Greece in the summer. You don't have to climb; there is a funicular railway that will take you almost to the top. Walking down is a lot of fun and you never known which neighborhood you are going to end up in.

Visit the Traditional Plaka

A walk through the oldest neighborhood in Athens is a must and one of the most pleasurable activities especially in the early evening hours. There are hundreds of shops from kitschy tourist to the workshops of some really great artisans. There are several good restaurants where you can sit outside almost year round. There are also some nice little ouzeries that are cozy when it is too cold to sit outside. There are ancient Greek and Roman ruins scattered around as well as some beautiful 19th century and several Byzantine churches.

Feel the Town of Psiri

With the up and coming areas like Gazi getting more popular Psiri cannot be overlooked; with its endless small streets of cafes, ouzeries, restaurants, bars, clubs, theatres and galleries, all within a minute's walk from Athinas and Ermou streets or Monastiraki square. Psiri came of age as the center of Athens nightlife during the 2004. You can feel the buzz as you walk past cafes where hundreds of people are talking, drinking and smoking simultaneously or if you like, a tiny little cafe on a back street. 

Monastiraki Flea Market

It is not actually a flea market in the way most of people think of them, except for Sunday when people seem to come from the hills to lay out their blankets and sell all sorts of stuff that may be junk to you but of real value to someone else. It’s a mob scene but worth the experience even if you just sit in the cafes overlooking the ancient agora and the metro tracks on Adrianou Street watching the parade of shoppers, street musicians and African bootleg DVD sellers. It is an assortment of tourist shops, clothing stores, fur and jewellry stores dotted with some pretty interesting shops, especially if you like vintage vinyl and rare CDs.

The Poet Sandal Maker of Athens

Stavros Melissinos was born in 1929 and is well known in Athens and around the world as the poet-sandal maker of Greece. His books of poetry, plays and essays have been translated into English, French, German and Italian and his best known work The Rubaiyat is on the curriculum of a number of American universities.The shop of The Poet has attracted some of the biggest names in art and culture of the last half century including the Beatles, Sophia Loren, Rudolph Nureyev, Margo Fontaine, Jackie Onassis, Anthony Quinn, George Pappard, Ursula Andress, Joseph Cotten and Gary Cooper who have all worn the sandals of the poet.

Visit Downtown Athens

Syntagma and Omonia are the main central squares of the town; they are linked by Stadiou Street and Panepistimiou Avenue, along which some of the town’s most beautiful Neoclassical buildings have been erected.  Dominating Syntagma Squareis the Greek Parliament building and in front of it the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones in traditional costume.  From there you can continue towards the Presidential Mansion and thence to the Panathenaikon (Kallimarmaro) Stadium, where the first Olympic Games in modern history were held (1896).  From there, crossing the Mets neighborhood, the road leads you to the First Cemetery, the oldest one in Athens, basically an outdoor sculpture display with a wealth of wonderful monumental tombstones by some of the most important sculptors of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Spring and autumn are perfect times to visit Athens. You might get some rain, but chances are the skies will be blue and the temperature pleasant. The average in both May and October is a very pleasant at 20C.
 
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Visit Plaka, old part of town and full of great shops, restaurants & cafes and for a quick delicious meal try a souvlaki.
 
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