Athens has a long, turbulent history that has transformed it into the city of contrasts that it is today. Whilst Athens is the oldest city in Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world, it is currently undergoing a period of urban renewal. This means that modernity and antiquity sit side-by-side. Nevertheless, this somewhat chaotic location certainly has a lot of charm as it draws in a multitude of visitors every year.
The major attraction in Athens is an ancient citadel called The Acropolis of Athens. This fortress sits proudly on the rocks above the city of Athens and is home to the remains of several architecturally and historically significant structures.
The most popular attraction in The Acropolis is the iconic Parthenon. This pillared temple was constructed approximately 438BC and was dedicated to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and pagan Athens’s patron saint.
Whilst you are in the Acropolis, there is a plethora of archaic ruins to visit, popular sites include Erechtheion, which is a temple dedicated to Poseidon and Athena, and the Theatre of Dionysius, which staged the first Greek Tragedies and was later redeveloped by the Romans into a Gladiatorial arena, seating up to 17,000 spectators.
If you would like to see and learn more about the artefacts recovered from the ancient citadel, you should visit the Acropolis Museum which is situated in the citadel, not too far from the Parthenon and admission is €5.
While it is nowhere near as old as its neighbour, Plaka, which is situated just below the Acropolis, is a popular destination for visitors. There are many interesting buildings and shops to see in this historic neighbourhood. After wandering through the labyrinthine paths of Plaka, you can relax and enjoy local food and drink in one of its many restaurants and cafes.
After spending your day looking at the ancient treasures of Athens, in the evening you can enjoy the modern pleasures that the city offers. Like Athens in ancient mythology, modern Athens also has a vibrant nightlife. There are plenty of bars and clubs in the city where you can drink and dance until the early hours of the next day.