You’d be a fool to think that because Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities that it isn’t a modern and sophisticated 21st century capital. This city has something for everyone – it’s busy, vibrant, historical and filled with cultural points of reference that you simply must see. Visiting Athens should be at the top of your travel lists for 100’s of reasons, but we’ve selected the three of the finest to get you there.
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Top 3 reasons to visit Athens
- See history alive by visiting the ancient ruins
The contemporary vibes of Athens don’t attempt (nor should they) to cover up the beautiful, varied and interesting history that came before it – that’s 7,000 years to be exact. The evidence of the past remains scattered and very visible amongst this vibrant city. You’ll have the opportunity to experience a collection of archaeological sites which include Acropolis, Parthenon, Ancient Agora, Herodus Atticus Theatre, Dionysus Ancient Theatre, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Hadrian’s Arch, and the Temple of Zeus. And better news yet – all are connected by a continuous pedestrian path that spans several districts and shopping zones. You can also purchase a combined ticket for multiple archaeological sites which will only cost you €12 and is good for four days.
- Getting around has never been easier
Hate the idea of expensive taxis or having to troll everywhere on foot? That’s not what being a traveller is about in today’s modern world – and you’ll be pleased to know that Athens knows this too. Athens made several changes to its infrastructure and transportation systems in time for the 2004 Olympic Games, and it’s never been better. The metro and tram systems can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go, they are efficient and clean and everything that modern travel should be. And, if it’s art your after then the Metro stations in Athens are a great place to see free art exhibits and ‘mini museums’ showcasing ancient artifacts uncovered during the construction of the metro line.
- It’s every foodie’s dream come true
In general, Greek food is widely underrated. Fresh, well prepared and beautifully presented – you’ll adore every bite you get to eat in Athens. But that’s not all, staying in Athens is a haven for those who love the hustle and bustle of markets alongside those who love food. Athens Central Market or Municipal Market of Athens is a sight to behold. The large indoor market offers a vast array of butchers, farmers, shoppers, and tourists and is a real feast for the senses. You’ll get to see and experience some of the finest Greek such as lamb, beef, goat, pork, fish, octopus, and shrimp. Butchers pack and sell foods there and then and it’s all a little bit hectic, but it’s an amazing kind of hectic.
Whatever your plans for Athens – one thing is for sure, you’ll never and will never experience anything with such a diverse mix of history and modern sophistication. It’s a city waiting to be discovered for all those who love history, architecture, food and a vibrant night life.