One of the first things you notice when landing in the city is its characteristic, heady mix of modern and age-old elements. Uncourtly, Athens’ charm will seduce you. Picture it; a city that looks like open-air museum but at the same time buzzing with life! Athenians have that typical Mediterranean temperament; genial, fun and eager to help.
Athens is a sprawling metropolis with countless contrasts to discover. The city’s great stone-keeper has witnessed every single of its transformations, remaining a constant landmark but also the icon of the Greeks – this is the Parthenon and the Acropolis. The historic center of Athens is full of treasures and magnificent Stoas (covered walkways), sophisticated geometry and impressive Neo-classical buildings that pop up in every corner. The modern part of the city’s identity comes into play through its restaurants, boutiques, bistros, stylish coffee houses and entertainment spots.
Every area in Athens has its own unique story. Stop for a coffee at one of the renowned cafes in the Cycladic-like alleyways of Plaka at Anafiotika – have in mind to visit the traditional tavernas and taste the variety of flavors that are intrinsic to Greek cuisine. Continue with a stroll through the vibrant square of Agia Irini at Monastiraki – where you can experience the modern heartbeat of the city, taste ‘’souvlaki’’ street food and discover thousands of colorful spices in the open-air market. Moving on, you can explore the post-industrial Psirri and its colorful stores, then walk through the bustling pathways of Thiseio, with its specialty cafés and rooftop bars. At nightfall, watch a movie at the Open-Air cinema in Plaka, have a magic evening at the brand new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center with a music concert or have a romantic dinner with genuine, delicious specialties of Greek, Mediterranean, or fusion world cuisine.
Care to escape from the urban pace of life? The Athenian Rivera (southern coastline) is your place. Cosmopolitan flair, timeless glamour and carefree vibes. Bliss out at all day café-restaurants or spend a memorable night in a mega-club by the sea. The Athenian Riviera can provide you with an island-like experience; refreshing cocktails in Vouliagmeni and the homonymous Lake, yacht life at Marina Floisvou, shopping in Glyfada, beach mood at Varkiza, fish dishes and Greek meze accompanied with ouzo at Kavouri, captivating sunsets from the Temple of Zeus in Cape Sounio, and water sports at Anavyssos and Lagonissi!
This is Athens!