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Athens Travel Guide
Athens may have a recorded history which dates back over two thousand years, but it's a city where modernity and tradition co-exist simultaneously. This alluring city has an eclectic mix of ancient monuments, lively bars and restaurants and a flourishing cultural scene.
You'll find unforgettable ancient sites littered in and around the city, offering you a taste of real ancient Greece. First up is the Acropolis, the ancient citadel of Greece, which also houses the majestic Parthenon, a temple dedicated to goddess Athena. A fitting complement to Parthenon is the equally awe-inspiring temple of Zeus with soaring columns reaching for the sky. Round up your Athens holidays with a visit to the theatre of Dionysus, which was supposedly the birthplace of western drama. Museums are also a popular tourist draw, where you'll discover Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is known for its outstanding collection of frescos and artifacts, while Benaki Museum and National Archeological Museum are dedicated to ancient Greek art and sculpture.
But history is not the only attraction for tourists. Much of the city has acquired a cosmopolitan flavour with chic shopping malls, lively bars and nightclubs jostling for attention. Attica is your one-stop destination for high-street fashion, while McArthur Glen - the newest retail sensation - is known for a wide range of stores and hefty discounts. When it comes to the atmospheric nightlife scene during your holidays to Athens, you’ll have a tough time choosing from the high-class Akrotiri, the classic Vinilio and the glamorous Dybbuk.
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