Athens, Greece's capital city, is a top vacation destination. The Greece Travel Secrets guide to Athens has information on Athens International Airport (including Athens Airport Hotels), the Athens weather (including what to do in Athens in the rain!), the history of Athens, and all of best things to do in Athens.
Athens is one of Europe's top city break destinations. New chic boutique hotels seem to open every few months, there are now many fine-dining restaurants (some with Michelin stars), and some of the visitor attractions have had a major make-over in recent years too. There are new museums, expanded museums, a new sleek metro system, a new airport, and the general buzz that you only get in a city where things are happening – good things.
Athens: The Old Reflected in the New
Photo (c) Donna Dailey
Many people visit Athens as a shore excursion from a cruise
ship, and others for a day or two as part of a longer vacation. In both cases
the two must-see sites are the National Archaeological Museum and the Parthenon
on top of the Acropolis. There's usually time for a stroll around the streets
of the Plaka, one of the oldest parts of Athens, although the Athenians
themselves tend to prefer the newer areas like Psyrri and Gazi.
We've visited Athens many times and have written several guidebooks to the city, including Essential Athens, Essential Spiral Athens, CitySpot Athens and the Berlitz Guide to Athens. We love the city, and always have done.
Photo (c) Donna Dailey
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