Greece Destinations, Greece Athens,
AND GREEK ISLANDS
Athens is not what it used to be. It is better.
What they have done to Athens to prepare for the
Olympics is turn a city, known for its faults as
much as its assets, into one of the most walk
able, livable, exciting, art, music and
entertainment centers in the world. By unifying
all the antiquities
with parks and pedestrian streets and avenues
and tying them in with the nightlife areas of
the Plaka, Psiri and Thission they have created
a model that other cities are sure to follow.
With the new highways that divert traffic from
the downtown they have not only made the city
streets safer and the air cleaner but they have
made it easier to get in and out of town by car,
bus or taxi.
The new metro makes the trip to the airport and
the port easier and opens up new neighborhoods
to visitors who used to be confined to an island
downtown surrounding the Acropolis. The coastal
tram means you can get on one of the new
air-conditioned light-rail cars and go to the
beach, or shop and have dinner in the coastal
suburbs. Athens is no longer a city that it
takes awhile to get-to-know before you actually
like it. Athens is entering a second Golden Age.
The museums and galleries are renovated,
air-conditioned and bigger and better with more
opening every week. The streets are clean,
hotels have all been renovated and restored,
many made accessible to the disabled. The
restaurants, tavernas, cafes, clubs and bars
stay open late and as many who came for the
Olympics discovered, ATHENS ROCKS like no other
city on earth.
And if you prefer a more quiet Athens there are
parks and quiet neighborhoods that will suit you
too. What this means is that anytime of the year
Athens is entertaining, whether it is your
stop-off on the way to and from the Greek
Islands in the summer or if you visit during the
3 other seasons and use it as your base for
daytrips to explore the Peloponessos,
(Peloponnesus) and the mainland. Athens has
something for everybody and suddenly the
Athenians have good reason to be proud of their
Athens and Attica in general have the most
important archaeological monuments (Acropolis,
Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Olympian, Roman
Market, Panathinaiko Stadium or Kallimarmaro,
The Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, etc). In the
capital you will admire many imposing neoclassic
buildings, true ornaments of the city (The Greek
Parliament, Athens Academy and University, etc).
Don't miss visiting the museums hosting unique
treasures of our cultural inheritance
(Archaeological Museum, Military Museum,
Byzantine Museum, etc).
Athens has always attracted peoples' attention.
During the 2004 Olympic Games proved that,
despite all the slings and arrows of outrageous
fortune, she never - not once - lost the talent.
The return of Olympic Games to their birthplace
was a great success.
The capital is famous, more than any other
European capital, for its nightlife. Athens by
night totally changes. The options for
entertainment satisfy all tastes. The famous "bouzoukia"
are the leaders in the Athenian entertainment. While
the numerous theaters all around Athens offer a
different type of entertainment. Athens is a divine
city. Let it enchant you.
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