Athens Travel Guide

As far as archaeological and ancient historical attractions go, few cities can quite match Athens’ résumé which, while impressive on paper, comes nowhere close to the reality of things. Although the city carries something of a stigma for some of the world’s worst traffic congestion; visitors who are patient and able to deal with such minor annoyances will find Athens a holiday destination unlike any other.

While Athens is a 21st century city in most senses of the term, it’s not the cosmopolitan ambience or dedication to finance, economics, industry and politics that provides its most significant draw cards. Ancient Greek history embodied in structures and sites such as the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Sanctuary of Eleusis and the Sanctuary of Artemis are top of the list for a good many visitors.

For those in search of a little self-indulgence, the city has venues catering to all needs and desires. Eating is more of a pastime than a necessity to Greeks; so taking the opportunity to enjoy a Greek banquet for an evening is a must for those wanting the full cultural experience. A few glasses of Ouzo (aniseed liquor) at a lively bar venue rounds an evening off nicely, as many a local will tell you.


Acropolis: it’s got to be top of the list of anyone’s sightseeing agenda with its impressive collection of historic temples, shrines and monuments, including the famous Parthenon structure.

Attica Zoological Park: the only facility of its kind in the country, this large zoo facility is home to an extensive collection of animals from every continent on the planet.

National Archaeological Museum: Greece’s most impressive museum dealing with this subject matter features artifacts from every significant culture and civilization that Greek soil has ever borne witness to.

National Gallery: artistic works by modern Greek and international artists feature in this famous gallery’s permanent collection. The Gallery of Sculptures is one of the most impressive sections of the collection.

Temple of Olympian Zeus: the construction dates back to the 6th century BC, however this ancient structure was not, in fact, completed until 131 AD.

Mount Likavitos Cable Car: take a cable car ride to the top of Mount Likavitos, from where you can enjoy spectacular views while you snack on a tasty ice cream cone from the onsite café.

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