Our Opinion of Athens
The beauty of Athens extends beyond its iconic architectural and historic significance as the "Cradle of Western Civilization" which is crowned by the spectacular Acropolis that rises above the city. Through the maze of street, traffic, urban sprawl and acrid air, the oldest city in Europe has a mesmerizing charm that is not easily forgotten.
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There really is only one place to start when you are in Athens and that begins with the Acropolis. It is visible from nearly anywhere in the city. The Acropolis is not only a significant link to the past but has become the identity of Athens. The climb up the hill is well worth the experience of seeing the majestic relics of stone and marble and the expansive view of the city.
Another ideal way to experience the city is to take one of the many walking tours that are available. Most of the archeological sites are located within the city centre and are now linked by the "Unification of Archaeological Sites" which makes the walking tours that much more accessible and enjoyable.
Whether you are navigating your way around the sites or just meandering through the streets, there are an abundance of places to stop and partake in one of the local refreshments. There is no need to rush and you can sit for hours sipping ouzo or the ever-present summer time refreshment - frappe, a refreshing drink made from instant coffee, water, milk, ice and sugar. Chances are you will find yourself in a kafeneio, traditional Greek coffeehouses. This is where the Athenian's social lives revolve around. To Athenians, the kafenenio is where the heart and soul is, home is just a place to sleep.