From the roots of history to the extends of culture, the lively people, the countless choices of entertainment and the breadth of shopping options, Athens is a city worth discovering from side to side. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the picturesque streets of Plaka, attend an exceptional theatrical performance or concert, embrace the warmth of the Greeks, enjoy the most vibrant nights at a regional bar or a club on the beach and shop till they drop at the shopping districts of Kifissia, Kolonaki and Glyfada. Experience Athens and discover its secrets!
Being a city that has been inhabited for the past 3,000 years, the history of Athens is rich and extensive, centered on the Acropolis and its 2,500 year old Parthenon. Walking down the streets of Plaka and Thisseio you might feel as though you are partaking in a political discussion in the Agora, while you should visit The National Archaeological Museum and New Museum of the Acropolis to really get the full flavor of the city’s history.
Athens is a place to learn and understand. As you walk around the area of Athens you will find that there are many cultural exhibits for you to enjoy and numerous museums with fantastic artifacts, exhibits and collections. For music enthusiasts there are symphonies, concerts, operas, musicals, ballets and dance performances as well as other spectacular shows hosted at the Megaron Mousikis, Stegi Grammaton and Tehnon, the Onassis Centre and of course the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the foot of the Acropolis Hill.
Throughout the past decade, Greek people have greatly increased their international travels, relaying a more cosmopolitan and open minded attitude to the city. Combined with the renowned hospitability of the Greeks, this makes Athens a very interesting place to meet and greet people. Over the past 15 years, Athens has become a truly multi-cultural city, putting it on a par with most other European cities and greatly increasing its understanding of, and interest in, other cultures.
Greece is famous for its nightlife and as the most visited destination in the country, Athens is a notorious party town. There are more than 6,000 bars, cafes, and nightclubs from which to choose. Many bars, clubs and restaurants occupy two locations, one for the summer months and one for the winter months. Additionally, many Athenian winter establishments head out to the islands for the summer, as do many prominent chefs. In comparison to other countries, the Greeks start their night later (10pm is a good time for dinner and drinks, while people usually head out to the clubs after midnight) and tend to carry away also the ones visiting their country.
Athens offers a variety of shopping options, attracting some of the world known fashion labels from all over the world. A stroll down Panepistimiou Street and in Voukourestiou Street will bring you to the doors of Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada and many more. The shopping districts at Kolonaki, Kifissia, and Glyfada are famous for their tasteful boutiques, featuring the latest creations of well-established Greek and foreign designers. Save some time to stroll around the flea markets. Regardless if you are going to buy something or not, a walk among their benches and stands is a distinctive experience and a real-life lesson of culture.