Capital of Greece
Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jew and more from Ancient Greece.
Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jewelry and more from Ancient Greece.
Greece's ancient capital is an open-air museum of history and stunning sights dating back over 2,500 years. Once home to Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, Athens is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilization.
While the Acropolis towers above to serve as a reminder of Athens’ ancient origins, the modern-day city below offers a huge variety of contemporary comforts. You’ll find a wide range of trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs dotted throughout the center, as well as the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the unique Technopolis complex.
Other points of interest include the beaches of Attica and the scenic National Garden just behind the Greek Parliament Building. This combination of age-old monuments, enticing cultural landmarks and natural scenery make the city a major hotspot for holidays.
Greeks also take an immense amount of pride in their cuisine, and once you've had a taste of their delicious dishes, it's easy to see why. Take a seat in a traditional taverna and order up some grilled souvlaki and anise-flavored aperitif Ouzo. The center is easily reached from the airport by metro, railway or express bus, but you'll also find plenty of taxis outside the terminal.
Athens throughout the ages has always been a destination for those wanting a historical experience. With the Acropolis being the city’s natural center and the Parthenon perched above looking to Piraeus and the surrounding mountains, the city is filled with historical remnants of its glorious past. While these monuments are old, their cultural value never gets old, and their importance in the development of western civilization is undisputed. With the professional guidance of our tour guides, we promise you to see these UNESCO World Heritage Site in a new light. Don’t miss the Cycladic Museum of Art and the National Archeological Museum with its exhibition on the Antikythera Mechanism.
CULTURE & ART
This cultural rebirth is first and foremost evident in the city’s museums and cultural institutions. The New Acropolis Museum, the Onassis Cultural Center, the New Benaki Museum have all opened in the last five years with raving reviews worldwide. Add to these the forthcoming Museum of Modern Art at the old Fix brewery, the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera by the Niarchos Foundation at the old horse track in Palaio Faliro and you quickly have a strong line-up of world class cultural institutions. If you build them, they will come… and indeed this has happened with the institutions bringing world class exhibitions and artists, these venues are packed every night with Athenians and visitors alike. We of course have access to the best tickets for all shows and openings, so don’t worry about getting in.
POINTS OF INTEREST IN ATHENS
RECOMMENDED MUSEUMS IN ATHENS
The Museum of Greek Culture
Museum of Cycladic Art
THE CITY'S BEST NEIGHBORHOODS
Plaka - 0.5 km from city centre
Glyfada - 11.8 km from city centre
Psiri - 1 km from city centre