Popular Tourist Destinations in Greece

Athens is the capital of Greece and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Athens has a recorded history of about 3,400 years and is the world’s most renowned center of archeological research. This cosmopolitan, modern city is a major political, cultural and financial center of the country and has been a world-famous tourist destination for many years. This is an outline of the major attractions in Athens.

The Acropolis is a world-famous historical site and is considered the greatest of all archaeological spots. The majestic Parthenon is located in the Acropolis and is a significant milestone of early Western culture. Millions of people climb the steps of the Acropolis every year to see some of the most amazing structures of the ancient world. The tour also covers many famed archaeological structures other than the Parthenon, including Theaters of Dionysious, Herodes Atticus, the ancient Agoraare and a visit the wonderful new Acropolis Museum.

Athens is a city of museums and its globally renowned National Archaeological Museum seems to be the most important one. It holds an amazing collection of jewelry, sculptures and ceramics of ancient Greece and a 2000 year old computer collected from Antikithera which is a clear manifestation of the technological advancements of the ancient Greeks. For those who like coins, the Numismatic Museum has a great collection, and for history buffs the Benaki Museum is a must.

The vibrant Agora-Athens Central Market on Athinas Street is the city’s most popular market that sells every thing including meat, fish and vegetables. The meat market has many round the clock restaurants which offer delicious food at a reasonable price. Visitor may also enjoy a visit to the nearby Eolou Street, the famed pedestrian shopping zone. Climb the picturesque green mountain in the center of the city, Mount Lycabettus and enjoy a marvelous view. The area has a grand cafĂ© and a famous amphitheater.

Psiri features numerous small streets filled with restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes, theaters and galleries and is the best-known nightlife spot in Athens. There is a fascinating area near Monastiraki square which offers a lot to see and to taste. You can try, for example soupia (grilled cuttlefish) in its little cafes. The Syntagma, Kolonaki, Gazi and Glyfada areas are other popular hot spots. Never miss a visit to the Temple of Poseidon, God of the Sea, located on a mount overlooking the ocean at Sounion.

Walking through Plaka, the historic neighborhood at the foot of the hill near Acropolis is an enjoyable activity in Athens. There are numerous shops including the workshops of some eminent artisans. You may also want to locate the well-known Brettos distillery and many other popular restaurants. The scenic area has several gorgeous 19th century buildings and many famed Byzantine churches as well. Monastiraki is a popular flea market that sells a variety of items. The market has lots of shops and cafes as well as street musician and CD sellers. All in all it is a delightful place for strolling and people watching.

National Gardens located near the Parliament at Syntagma Square is another major attraction. This lovely area with too many trees, fountains and a little zoo is the best place to relax. Temple of Olympian Zeus is another most visited ancient ruin in Athens and this huge temple with the Statue of Zeus was one of the Ancient World’s Seven Wonders.

Visit the Hammam baths spa to enjoy an authentic hammam. It is a fantastic and relaxing experience. The unique bath will refresh you as never before. There are many beautiful beaches in Athens Riviera and Glyfada, Varkiza, Crysi Akti (Golden Coast), Lagonisi and Alimos are among them.