5 good reasons to go to Athens
To see / do
Culture and history
The invincible Acropolis
Perched up on its hill, the Acropolis is the pearl of Athens. This antique site is a must-see when travelling to Greece. Its beauty will be reward enough for your harsh climb up. Ancient Greek history is told by the Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaea, Erechtheion and Parthenon!
The Agora - alive with energy
Not only did the Agora, located at the foot of the Acropolis, used to be a market square during ancient times, but Athens citizens, a restricted number of inhabitants, used to meet there to talk. Political decisions would be made near the stalls and temples dedicated to heroes.
Philopappos Hill and its Muses
Not far from the Acropolis lies the Hill of Muses. Leave yourself a full day to explore it and visit Socrates’ prison - a sanctuary for Muses and the monument dedicated to Philopappos, a Roman benefactor from Athens - and enjoy the spectacular view over the Acropolis and Saronic Gulf.
Night-time strolls in the Pláka
Head to the tourist area of Pláka for a fun-filled evening! At the foot of the Acropolis, this area is a maze of little streets lined with Byzantine churches. It is not the capital’s most typical area, but you can enjoy a bite to eat or a drink in the many restaurants, bars and cafés, with a prime view of the Acropolis.
Welcome to Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani
Come and get a taste of the real Athens at Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani. Half-way between a butcher’s and restaurant, this friendly place is perfect for trying some delicious produce. Vine leaves, grilled meats, aubergine purée, cheeses and yoghurts will delight your taste buds. An excellent place to eat at a reasonable price.
The traditional dolmatdakia me rizi
Dolmatdakia me rizi is better known as vine leaves. They are picked young and tender, and are stuffed with rice. They can also be made with meat. Dolmatdakia me rizi can be enjoyed cold as a starter throughout the entire Mediterranean area.
Halva for dessert
Finish off your meal or enjoy your coffee with a delicious treat. One of Greece’s tasty specialities is halva. This pastry is made with tahini (sesame paste) or various flours with honey. Several restaurants serve halva made from semolina, with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
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