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ATHENS SIGHTSEEING

Athens Attractions and Sightseeing - There are an extraordinary number of historic tourist sights in Athens and many are known right over the world. Some of the top attractions include the Agora - a ruined Roman building built around 1,500 years ago to honour and worship the Greek God Zeus, Hadrian's Arch - another ancient monument, originally the city gate and there is also the amazing Dionysos Theatre - the world's oldest theatre.

 
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Walking around the small streets of Plaka and the district of Psiri, you’ll be able to find a lot of modern shops, restaurants, tavernas and bars but there is a lovely atmosphere in the district. There are numerous magnificent churches around Athens Greece and you must take a second look at some of these. Syntagma square is where most of the buses go from and from and there you can see the Greek Parliament and watch the Greek guards wearing traditional Greek costume. If you want to go out of the city you can stroll in the National Gardens.

There are so many Attractions and places to see in Athens that there is to be something for everyone. Whether you are looking for thrills and excitement, history and exhibitions, or parks and gardens, you won’t have to look far. Here we describe but a few but there are thousands more in this historical city.

Attica Zoological Park
Yalou, Spata 190 04, Greece
Telephone +30 210 663 4724
Hours: Summer 9 am to 7:30pm. Winter 10 am to 5 pm.
Attica Zoological Park is home to over two hundred and seventy different species of birds and is the third largest bird park in the world. It also keeps kangaroos, llamas, reptiles and many, many other small animals especially farm animals to charm younger visitors. In the last few years and African Plains section has been added to provide the most up to date accommodation for the big African beasts such as lions, giraffes, zebras and so on.

The Acropolis
Telephone +30 210 321 4172

Hours open: every day of the week 8 am to 7:30 pm.
The Acropolis is the most significant historical site in Athens and it has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. From 650 BC, the area was a place of worship to the great patron goddess Athena and during the Classical period, three further important temples were built in the surrounding area - the Parthenon, Erechtheion, and Temple of Nike. The Acropolis Museum enables you to see many of the excavated treasures from the site and to learn more of the background and history of these great monuments.

The Agora
Telephone +30 210 321 0185
Hours: All days 8 am to 7:30 pm.
In ancient times, the Agora was the centre of the settlement that came to be known as Athens. It was a temple with shops and residences. Eventually destroyed, it lay there for many centuries but in the 19th Century, the archelogical wonders were revealed and this restoration continued until the middle of the 20th Century and now you can see many wondrous relics of Ancient Greece. You can see parts of the Temple of Hephaistos, the Eleutheriosm, Temples to Zeus and Apollo and many other sights.

Daphni Monastery
Athinon Avenue, Daphni, 10 km outside Athens
Telephone +30 210 581 1558
Hours: Each day of the week 8 am to 7:30 pm.
If you fancy a trip outside the centre of Athens, this is a great trip. The Monastery was built in the 5th Century, rebuilt in the 11th Century and the church interior is famous for its Byzantine mosaics.

The Plaka
The Plaka is one of the oldest parts of modern Athens. It is a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways. The Plaka's central square is full of cafés, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It’s the best area in Athens to shop for souvenirs and traditional Greek jewellery and a great area to wonder around.

Lykavittos Hill
Lykavittos Hill is the highest point in Athens. From the top you have a superb view over the whole city. The hill takes about an hour to climb. You can enjoy a cool drink on the hilltop café once you’ve made the climb, or the less energetic can hire a taxi all the way to the top.

Monastiraki Flea Market
Monastiraki Flea Market on Sundays is a centuries old market. The sheer variety of goods on offer is astonishing. You need to arrive early to avoid the worst of the crowds. All Athens seems to descend on the market on Sundays but most of the tiny shops are open during the week as well and while it is less crowded and bustling, it does lack some of the atmosphere of Sundays. When you visit, if you have the energy, make sure you get in towards the centre of this amazing market (rather than staying on the outskirts).

Olympic Stadium
If you want to look at the amazing 72,000 seater Stadium that formed the centre piece of the Olympic Games of 2004, take a A7 bus or a 550 bus from the center of Athens; or get on the Metro Line 1, to the Irini stop. Check with your hotel or a tourist office for football matches and other events at the Stadium.

   
 
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