1 The Acropolis

Rising above the city, the great rock of the Acropolis symbolizes not just Athens, but the birth of European civilization.

2 Pláka

Wander the narrow alleys and steep steps of this architecturally fascinating and vibrant quarter.

3 Tower of the Winds

Intriguing and elegant, this ancient clock tower is well worth seeking out.

4 The bazaar

Athens’ raucous and colourful market area, spilling out into the streets all around the nineteenth-century covered food hall.

5 National Archeological Museum

The world’s finest collection of ancient Greek art and sculpture.

6 Psyrrí

The heart of Athens’ nightlife, packed with bars, cafés and restaurants that are buzzing till late at night.

7 Café life

Much of Athens’ life is lived outdoors; check out the buzzing cafés of Thissío as the setting sun illuminates the Parthenon.

8 Temple of Poseidon, Cape Soúnio

Dramatic and evocative, this sanctuary to the sea god has been a shipping landmark for centuries.

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