Athens, the capital of Greece, hosted the first Olympic Games, and was again the host in 2004. The Acropolis and Parthenon are important historical attractions in the city, with street markets and tavernas offering further attractions. The main attractions are all in a compact area, and the best way to see the city is on foot. Delta Airlines flies from New York (JFK) and Atlanta to Athens, with Olympic Airlines also flying the New York to Athens route.
Athens exudes a unique charm, its lively
character winning over tens of thousands of visitors every year.
Street markets, vine-covered tavernas, souvenir stalls and ancient
monuments all form a conglomerate with buildings old and new in
this city, which one out of four Greeks call home. For tourists the
greatest advantage is that most attractions are accessible on foot
in the central area around the landmark Acropolis. Walking is the
best way to soak up the Athenian atmosphere because the traffic can
reach nightmare proportions.
Ancient Agora Athens
Clustered below the Acropolis (enter from
Odos Adrianou, east of Monastiraki Square) is the remains of the
Agora, ancient Athens' commercial and civic centre, where once
walked and talked the great philosophers Socrates and Plato.
National Archaeological Museum Athens
This is the largest and most popular of
Athens' many museums, and is usually very crowded.
Although not really attractive to tourists,
the confusing, bustling port of Athens is the departure point for
hundreds of island ferries and cruise ships, so most tourists pass
through it while visiting Greece.
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