Athens has been the centre of Greek civilization for some 4,000 years. The capital of modern Greece, it is a city covered in centuries of history boasting world renowned modern and ancient treasures alongside a vibrant local culture.
The Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, sits high above the city and is fascinating glimpse into Athens ancient past. Visitors can delve into more history at the Kanellopoulos Museum, housed in an imposing mansion and packed with important artefacts from every significant period of Greece’s history. The National Art Gallery in Athens hosts major exhibitions and includes important works by El Greco. The Plaka District is a maze of narrow cobbled streets which twists through ancient sites, squares and Byzantine courtyards. It’s also a contemporary city, and it’s not uncommon for the nightlife hubs of Kolonaki, Psiri and Gazi to stay busy until dawn.