Holidays in Athens

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Athens – the capital and largest city of Greece with a population of about 3 million people, accounting for nearly a third of the total population. This is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Already in the V century BC Athens flourished in its development and were the founders of European culture.

Now Athens – economic, political and cultural center of Greece. Tourism – one of the most important areas of the economy of the capital. Athens hotels are varied and offer excellent service and cozy restaurants, reflecting the Greek flavor, full of atmosphere of hospitality and celebration.

The capital of Greece, Athens is located on the plain of Attica. From the south-west of the city washes Saronic Gulf, and from the north, east and south is surrounded by four mountains – Egal, Parnitha, Pendeli, Hymettus. In the city of three small rivers flow (Kifisos, Eridanus and Pikrodafni), which is very little for the city arid and a population of over 3 million people. Therefore, the problem of shortage of fresh water for Athens is a perennial and very sharp.

Athens Airport is located in the east of the capital. All public transport, air conditioning and presented the newest subway, buses, trolleybuses, trams and the funicular, comfortable and modern. In recent years, the authorities of the country and the city pay great attention to the improvement of road junctions with the aim to relieve the main roads. At the same time, some historically and architecturally important areas are pedestrianized, making Athens even more attractive to tourists.

Sights

Athens – the cradle of ancient history and culture, gave the world democracy, theater, hundreds of scientific discoveries and the great philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, the playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and of course, the Olympic Games.

Architecture Athens permeated the atmosphere of antiquity. Its main monument – the Acropolis of Athens, the biggest of them all, erected in Greece, no doubt, should be the first point for tours of the city. No less interesting is the building of the Theatre of Dionysus. It is in its walls for the first time staged tragedy playwrights above. It was built in the V century BC and could hold more than 17,000 spectators. Perfectly preserved to this day, it is the oldest theater in Greece.

The most important ancient architectural structures are the Temple of Olympian Zeus, built with the purpose to eclipse its scale all the wonders of the world, the Temple of Hephaestus located in the Agora – Athens central market square of those times, as well as the famous Parthenon, built in honor of the goddess of wisdom Athena, the patron saint of the city. In addition, it is worth visiting the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which is now often used as a concert hall, and the library of Hadrian. In the city a large number of museums with ancient archaeological exhibits, the Museum of Athens, telling the story of the city from its foundation to the modern metropolis, as well as a museum of history of the Greek costume. Strolling through the city, be sure to check out the old quarter of Plaka. He kept pristine authenticity and flavor of ancient Greece.

Climate

The climate is dry and hot in Athens. The sunny weather prevails here from April to October. Sometimes there is no rainfall for several months in a row. In winter, the average temperature + 9 + 11 ° C, occasionally there are light freezing rain, snow. From May to October is hot and dry; the hottest months – July and August, with an average daily temperature of + 35- + 37 ° C, while the temperature of the water in the bay up to + 26 ° C.

Leisure

Athens – an amazing, beautiful city with a unique atmosphere. Admire the panorama of the city from the height of the best hill Likavitos. This is one of the favorite destinations of tourists and residents. To watch the delightful sunset on the background of the columns of the Temple of Poseidon, you can go to Cape Sounion, a popular place for romantics.

In Athens, there is a good city beaches, where you can not only enjoy the sun, but also water sports. The best of them – the Athenian Riviera, which is half an hour away by car from the city center. From here you can go on a boat trip on the boat.

Families with children offers to visit the capital of dull children’s museum and amusement parks – Adventure Park and Allou Fan.

Shopping enthusiasts will appreciate the extensive choice of Athens shopping centers, boutiques, and local flea markets scattered in different streets of the historic city center, where fashionistas can find unique pieces of clothes and accessories. As a souvenir from Athens often driven olive oil, Greek wine, the local drink “Metaxa” all sorts of condiments and spices.

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