The timeless history of humanity and creation will unite Athens and the Acropolis forever. The iconic Parthenon, that looks as if it’s about to lift off into the ever-blue Attica sky. The place where it all began: philosophy, democracy, the sciences and the theatre. The cluster of temples, shrines and ruins that you’ll encounter at the Acropolis, creations of the Golden Age of Pericles (5th century BC), form the cornerstone of European culture. It’s not surprising that the Acropolis has been on the Unesco World Heritage Sites list since 1987.
Here you can find some of the most important architectural art masterpieces in the world, such as: Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, Parthenon
A microcosm, stuck in a previous century, is carved into the northeast side of the hill of the Acropolis and looks as if it has been lifted from the Cyclades. You’ll get lost in its labyrinthine pathways, wandering among the charming homes, past patios and whitewashed streets, barely wide enough for two. You’ll inhale the smell of jasmine and roses, paired with a panoramic view of Athens.
The district of ‘Old Athens’ Shaded squares, flower-filled patios and manicured gardens, ornate cornices and neoclassical tiles. You’ll be overwhelmed by the plethora of souvenirs, works of art, traditional Greek products, clothing and handmade leather sandals. Cafes, restaurants with tables on their terraces, tavernas and mezedopolia hidden in the alleyways, are all jam-packed with tourists and locals alike, eating and drinking side by side. For Athenians, it is the “district of the gods”.
Where East meets West: One of the main meeting points in the city. Piece by piece you’ll compose the colourful puzzle that is this neighbourhood. At the Pandrossou Street market, among the dozens of tourist shops, you’ll find some of the oldest jewellers in the city. On Hefaistos Street, the city’s flea market, you’ll find leather sandals, hats, clothes, replicas of archaeological artefacts and musical instruments. In Avissinias Square, you’ll go antiquing. The elegant pedestrian avenue of Adrianou is full of surprises: stores with designer clothes and accessories, vintage shoes and handbags, cafes and restaurants, all within sight of the Acropolis.
This square is the central hub of the historic centre. Built as a palace by the architect Friedrich von Gaertner for the first kings of early Greece who settled here in 1843, it has been home to the Greek Parliament since 1935.