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A Quick Guide to Athens

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The Unique Charm of Athens

Athens exudes a unique charm, its lively character attracting thousands of visitors every year. Street markets, vine-covered tavernas, souvenir stalls and ancient monuments all form a conglomerate with buildings old and new in this city.
The greatest advantage for tourists is that most attractions are accessible on foot in the central area around the magnificent Acropolis, crowned by the iconic Parthenon temple. Since the 2004 Olympics, Athens has become a more sophisticated cosmopolitan city with new art and leisure precincts around town, stylish new restaurants, shops and revamped hotels.
Athens was named after Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, and can chart its history back thousands of years. It is the place where democracy was invented and philosophy, art and architecture were refined.  However its hectic traffic and fast pace can be very daunting for young children and therefore is more suited as a destination for those who enjoy marvelling at classical history, colourful street markets and ancient exploration. More info


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