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: The Old Reflected in the New
Photo (c) Donna Dailey
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.
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
Greece Travel Secrets page on Phaistos or Faistos, the site of one of the finest Minoan palaces on Crete and is where the mysterious Phaistos Disc was found.
The culturally rich city of Kavala in eastern Macedonia is the area's major seaport and the base for ferries to the islands of the North East Aegean, including Thasos, and beyond to the Dodecanese.
Aegina in the Saronic Gulf Islands of Greece is an easy day trip from Athens. This page from Greece Travel Secrets also gives details of ferries and what to do on the island.
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