Athens City Sightseeing
Athens, a bustling city of 4-million-plus residents and the oldest inhabited city in the world, is full of contrasts and pleasant surprises. The hosting the Olympic Games in 2004 led to major reconstruction projects in Athens. The city has recently undergone a multi-million-euro "face lift" with the expansion of parks and pedestrian zones, the restoration of historic neoclassic buildings and the construction of walkways that link its main archaeological sites.
A leisurely stroll around the narrow alleys of the old Athenian quarter of Plaka - the "neighbourhood of the Gods" - is a must, while a walk down history lane on the pedestrian zone that unifies the city's archaeological attractions - starting at the ancient Stadium - reveals the rich heritage of its past; then off for a cup of coffee at a side-walk café in central Syntagma Square - where the heart of the modern city beats - or at the trendy Kolonaki neighbourhood where the capital's "beautiful people" go to "see and be seen".
One could travel to Athens a hundred times and never tire of it. From the Acropolis to its sun-soaked beaches, the city’s antiquities merge harmoniously with the refined, cosmopolitan air of a modern resort with luxurious hotels, broad tree-lined avenues and rich commercial stores.