Athens Travel Guide

The region of Attica gave its name to the special light that captivated artists; to styles of pottery, sculpture and verse; and to the most cultivated form of ancient Greek. It is a triangular-shaped peninsula, which stretches south including the famous site of Marathon to the coastal region of cape Sounion in the north. The Saronic Gulf islands embraced by the peninsula are also part of Attica region. Athens, the capital of Greece, has transformed since the 2004 Olympic games. It is probably the only city in Europe where at 2 am on a Saturday the traffic can be busier than it is during the day. Athens steeped in history is a city of passion and philosophers but it is also a modern, humane, accepting city that lets you, above all else, be yourself.


Accommodation

Athens and Attica are home to a wide range of accommodation options in the city and its surrounds. Accommodation ranges from basic motels and standard hotels to luxury resorts and apartments. With most hotels conveniently located close to a number of popular tourist attractions, visitors to Attica and Athens are offered a variety of options to suit all travellers and budgets including families and couples as well as a range of self-catering accommodation for added convenience, a great way to save money and the ideal way to sample the local produce and truly experience this picturesque city. Book Athens Accommodation


Getting Around Athens

The new Athens international airport, completed in late 2000, is 27 km northeast of downtown Athens. Athens centre is easily accessible by public transport, taxi or pre-arranged private transfer. There are 6 bus services to various Athens suburbs and the centre, which operate frequently from and to the airport. A short walk via an air bridge from the arrival terminal takes you to the airport train station where you catch the Suburban Railway to Athens. Getting Around Athens


Attractions

Syntagma Square or Constitution Square is considered the centre of Athens straight opposite the Greek Parliament House, adjacent to the popular National Gardens. The Grand Promenade connecting the main Athens attractions is a network of pedestrian routes commencing at Panathinaikon Stadium and ending at the Kerameikos site near Piraeus street which leads to Piraeus port. Walking is the best way to visit Athens' main attractions including the Acropolis, numerous museums & galleries, the Monastiraki flee market and Lycabetus Hill. More about Athens Attractions


Athens Facts

Athens is named after the Greek goddess Athena, god of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature. As such it’s no surprise that Athens is considered the ‘cradle of civilisation’ and is the birthplace of western philosophy, democracy, political science, major mathematical principles, Western literature and theater. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities and dates back to 3000 BC. Athens also hosted the first Olympic Games in 776 BC where people from all over Greece came to watch people compete for the title and an olive wreath. Attica was ruled by Athenians in 550 BC due to its valuable resources such as lead, marble and silver. Attica is home to the largest department store in Athens and certainly one of the largest in Greece, where you can buy luxury items and designer brands.