Stepping Back In History In Athens
The capital and largest city in Greece, Athens is known as one of the sunniest cities in Europe. It has a very low average rainfall and when it does rain during the winter months, mid-October to mid-April, it is usually just short, heavy showers. Summers are extremely hot and heat waves are common during July and August when temperatures can reach over 104°F. Winters are usually mild even though at night it can be quite cold. The best time to visit Athens is during the cool, sunny weather of spring.
One of the world’s oldest cities, Athens recorded history spans almost 3,400 years. A cosmopolitan metropolis, Athens is the financial, political, industrial, and cultural centre of Greece. Athens’ ancient heritage is still evident in the many monuments and works of art. The city has undergone a rapid and radical period of urban renewal since it was host to the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. As the wealth of the city continues to grow the availability of various leisure activities that cater to hedonistic lifestyle, increasingly popular among Athenians, abound.
The banning of cars in the historic centre of the city has produced what can arguably be called the longest and most stunning pedestrian promenade in all of Europe. This area, an archaeological museum of sorts, serves as a link between the city’s fabled past and the modern surrounding neighbourhoods. Going out for an evening stroll will acquaint you with the vibrant street life and relaxed lifestyle of one of the safest, liveliest cities in Europe.
The ancient Agora (market) served as a meeting place in the days of ancient Athens and offers modern day visitors an interesting perspective on the culture of the past. The Museum of Cycladic & Ancient Greek Art is home to the largest collection of Cycladic art in the world, with an emphasis on the era from 3000 to 2000 B.C. The National Archeological Museum houses some of the most important archaeological finds from Grecian sites, the highlight being the Mask of Agamemnon. Referred to by many as the most important ancient site in the Western world the Acropolis is one of the most well-known landmarks of Greece. The Parthenon sits atop and is visible from almost any vantage point in Athens. The Theatre of Dionysos is a testament to the importance of the theatre in both ancient and modern-day Athens. A taste of Athenian neighbourhood life can be found in the Plaka & Anafiotika neighbourhoods; past the main tourists areas you will find some of the most quiet and picturesque neighbourhoods in Athens.
If you are looking for some tasty traditional fare the tavernas inside Athens Central Market will be right up your alley. Settle down for a bowl of tripe soup or chickpeas and grilled fish washed down with wine from the barrel. Spondi, consistently voted the best restaurant in Athens, offers Mediterranean cuisine in a classy setting.
No doubt you will find something to suit your fancy in one of the world’s oldest cities.