Let's get a taste of Athens

Did you know that the city got its name from the fight between the goddess Athena and Poseidon for the protection and name of the city? Athena planted an olive tree on the rock which was full of fruits. This tree would be ever so useful, providing Athenians with food, oil and wood. Athens has been the capital of Greece since 1834, being the largest city in the country. It is located in Attica, in Eastern Central Greece and is considered one of the oldest cities in the world. Ancient Athens, originally a settlement on the Acropolis, evolved during the 6th century BC in a powerful city-state, developed in parallel with its port, which was originally Faliro and later Piraeus. During the Classical era Athens was the worldwide center of arts, knowledge and philosophy, being home to Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s High School. It is worth noting that Piraeus, historically known as the “port of Athens”, is the largest port in Greece and a monument of ancient Western civilization. Athens hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and 108 years later hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Let’s start our Classical walk! And because every trip is demanding, you will need to recharge your batteries with a great Greek breakfast at our hotel! An ideal proposal to seize your day, is the city center with the National Library and the University. Continue your walk to the Constitution Hall, the Greek Parliament and the Columns of Olympian Zeus. Do not hesitate to relax with a breath of fresh air in the National Garden. The National Archaeological Museum, which has the largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities in the world, as well as the new Acropolis Museum, is a remarkable stop as well as the Acropolis itself. A little further on, you will discover the whitewashed houses in the Anafiotika district, with the characteristic architecture of a Greek island. Complete your tour of the city center, by descending to Plaka, built on a hill, in the shade of the Acropolis and the ancient temples, with the quiet feel of a Greek village. You made it!
Without further ado, we are happy to announce that the Great Walk in the center of Athens is up and ready. Enjoy a car-free sense of natural landscape amongst the hustle-and-bustle of the city. Part of the upgrade of the project is Omonia Square with its new fountain, where we suggest you start your journey. Enjoy shopping, leisure and a visit to all of the center’s antiquities and historic sites at your own pace and -why not- ride a bicycle or take a run in the first site of the modern Olympic Games.
Athens is a modern metropolis with intense rhythms of everyday life and a bustling nightlife scene. From small cafes in picturesque alleys to delicious brunch places, from eclectic local eateries to fine-dining award-winning restaurants, you can tailor your experience and don’t worry, everything is right at your feet! We suggest a walk in Plaka or Monastiraki for an afternoon coffee or aperitif, followed by a cool cocktail as the perfect ending to a full day, in Kolonaki Square, Agias Irinis’ square or the Exarchia area. If you are looking for more dancing, we’ll let you in on all of Athen’s nightlife secrets. Just let us help you design your tailored experience and enjoy Athens like a local!

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