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Athens a glorious classic short break choice and the birthplace of western civilisation. Named after the goddess Athena, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world. Dominated by the flat-topped hill of the Acropolis, site of the 2400 year old Parthenon (one of the most famous classical monuments in the world).
The old quarter of the town, Plaka, which spreads around the Acropolis is a maze of narrow winding picturesque streets lined with pavement cafes, craft shops and famed flea markets.
A great advantage for tourists is that most attractions are accessible on foot.
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Places to visit in Athens: Delphi, the site of the famous Oracle where rulers of Greece gathered for many centuries for political and moral guidance.
Visit The Royal Palace once the home of the Greek Royal Family and now the official residence of the President of Greece. The Palace is guarded by the 'Evzones' in their traditional costume and their famous slow motion march.
Syntagma Square: This is the central point for most the major attractions in Athens including the many museums along Vassilissis Sophias Avenue where most of Athens' museums are located, including the Benaki Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art and the Byzantine Museum.
A full day excursion to Argolis is highly recommended and the incredible Temple of Zeus on Mount Olympus. One thing is certain - Athens is a destination that you will remember for a long time.
Drive along the Saronic Gulf via the Corinth Canal to Mycenae and Nafpilon. You can also visit Epidaurus with its 4th century BC theatre.
Nightlife in Athens: Nightlife is lively with plenty of bars and restaurants serving both Greek and International cuisine.
The Arts: The International Athens Festival is held from June to September at the Odeon of Herod Atticus built in 161 AD, as well as other venues throughout the city.The Odeon is a superb theatre in which open air plays ancient dramas, opera and ballet are often held.
The Son et Lumiere shows at the Acropolis on summer evenings.
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