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Natural Wonders of Athens
Athens is the capital of Greece, this ancient city is filled
with century old history. Athens is a charming and vibrant city
offering its visitors plenty to see and do. The city of Athens
offers top sightseeing, monuments, museums, attractions,
galleries and Athens festivals. The city of Athens has hot
summers and mild winters making the trip worth it whatever time
of the year you choose to visit.
To enjoy the hot summer months in the city of Athens the locals
suggest -getting up early, plan a visit to one of the many
fantastic sights, enjoy a long and peaceful nap during the heat
of the day and live it up at night. The city of Athens offers an
excellent nightlife full of cafe's, restaurants, bars and
The old town of Plaka has been populated for over 5,000 years.
Plaka is situated on the north and east slopes of the Acropolis,
this town is well worth a visit. Offering historic sights such
as ancient monuments and churches. Within Athens there are eight
large hills including the Acropolis, on the outskirts you will
find Mount Parnitha, Mount Pendeli and Mount Hymettos which
surround the city. Athens most visited tourist attraction is a
visit to Parthenon built on the Acropolis around 25,000 years
Athens is the home of the Olympics along with the original
modern day Olympic Games which were held in the city over 100
years ago. In the Year 2004, the Olympic Games returned to to
Athens and the city experienced an enormous facelift. This
included multi-million euro projects such as the new state
of the art Athens Airport, Olympic buildings and many new trees
and shrubs were planted all over Athens to green up this Olympic
Athens opened its new Metro subway in January 2000, the main
station is located in Syntagma Square. The Metro system provides
a quick and easy way to travel around the city. The city of
Athens hosted several historic events which took place many
years ago. Athens is a unique blend of Middle Eastern and
Western cultures with over 40 percent of Greece's population
living in Athens. This capital city offers several attractions
of a big city and more.
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Attractions of Athens
Athens is home to several historic sights many of
which are known world-wide. Some of these top Athens attractions
include the Agora- a grand, ruined Roman building funded by Roman
emperors, the Temple of Zeus- built around 1,500 years ago to
worship the Greek God Zeus, Hadrian's Arch- originally the city gate
linking the Roman quarters with the original town of Athens and the
Dionysos Theatre- worlds oldest theatre where many great players
have performed over the years. Athens offers world class museums
including the National Historical Museum-containing a collection of
objects reflecting the history of Greece, The National
Archaeological Museum- housing many statues and vases, and the
National Art Gallery- featuring several great works of art.
Within a short journey from Athens visitors can enjoy historical
landmarks and buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens.
The Amphiaraion Archaeological Site is one of the most
romantic spots in Greece. Offering 6th century architecture, an
ancient theatre and breathtaking views and nearby mountains covered
in pine trees.
The Amphiaraion site in Kalamos is an
hour's drive from Athens and is close to Marathon and Agii
Apostoli's pebble beach. Located close to the Theatre of
Dionysas is Panagia Hrysospiliotissa (Chapel of our Lady of the
Cavern). This small and interesting temple hidden in the side of a
cliff. With a rocky path leading to the Chapel of our Lady of the
Cavern decorated with ancient pictures on the walls.
Less than one hour from the city of Athens,
is the Attica Peninsula offering its visitors many attractions.
Including the renown Schinias Beach- with exceptional views and the
coastal pine forests, this stunning Greek beach offers great
bathing. The Schinias Beach can be reached by bus which departs from
Mavromateon Street. There are many excellent taverns, serving
traditional Greek cuisine.
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Things to do in Athens Greece
Near Athens is The Anafiotika
district is one
of the most beautiful parts of the city. With many small, white
houses and a maze of winding streets and pathways. Offering several
renovated neo-classical houses and buildings, the church of Agios
Georgios (St George of the Rock), this church was built in the 17th
century, along with a museum housed in the old university of Athens.
Close to the town of Peania, 2.5 miles outside Athens is Koutouki
Cave. One of the most beautiful caves in Europe, with huge
stalactites hanging from the ceiling. These breathtaking caves were
discovered accidently years ago, when a shepherd's goat fell through
a hole in the cave's roof. Visitor's can enjoy a guided tour which
departs every 30 minutes, daily.