Tourists looking for the perfect holiday site may easily dismiss historically rich locations in favour of other, more typical holiday destinations, like beaches or resorts. While this sentiment has its own justification, the reality is that few vacations are appreciated as much as those which teach you about culture and history. And there aren’t many places in the world that have influenced history as much as Athens. The capital city of Greece, the cradle of western civilization, is a city that globe-trotters simply cannot miss.
Athens significance to the modern world is undoubted. Many notable characters inhabited Athens during its apogee, the most well-known of which are the philosophers to whom we owe so much in the fields of science, medicine and philosophy, such as Socrates, Plato and Aristoteles, to name a few. Athens is considered by history as the birthplace of democracy, for example.
Without a doubt, the main attraction to visit in Athens is the Acropolis of Athens. This citadel, located on a hill above the city of Athens contains some of the most historically significant buildings in all of Greece, the most famous of which is the Parthenon. The whole citadel is located in a strategic point in the city from which, in the past, was considered to be easily defended. Throughout history, however, Athens suffered many invasions, and the Acropolis specifically has seen the results of destruction many times over. It is to be expected, however, that buildings that have spanned over millennia are now in ruins – which is essentially what remains of the Acropolis. And yet, visiting this site can be a magical experience as it is one of those unique spots where so much of history has occurred. The Parthenon in particular – the ancient temple dedicated in honour of the goddess Athena – is quite breath-taking.
Athens is much more than just the sum of its ruins, however. Right at the feet of the Acropolis, there’s Plaka neighbourhood, a reminder of Greek life and a part of its relatively modern history – its tight streets, lovely houses and buildings date back to the 19th century. Roaming around those maze-like corridors and finding a café is a wonderful opportunity to have a taste of some of the local cuisine: some moussakas, gyros, olives or a most typical Greek yoghurt.
Another fantastic place to visit in Athens is one of the many hills that surround the city. Not just any hill, but specifically Lycabettus. From here, the tallest point in all of Athens, tourists will get a remarkable panoramic view of the whole city and the outstanding, formerly mentioned Acropolis. Visiting the hill is a fantastic plan since the way there can allow for a better insight into the city’s inner life and, once visitors arrive there are two options: climbing on foot or taking the funicular. Both good options for different types of tourist, but in the end, the destination will be worth it. It may be the perfect spot to watch the sun setting behind the Acropolis.
There are so many other historical sites in Athens, residues from more civilizations than just the Greek, such as the Romans and the Ottomans, as well as many markets and temples, that there’s no way visitors will get bored while touring the capital of Greece.…