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Athens Highlights

Athens Highlights

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  • The Acropolis & The Parthenon – This is the one Athens attraction you can’t miss. The massive rocky hill that’s the Acropolis dominates the cityscape and is visible from all over Athens. On top of it is the Parthenon, one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.
  • Syntagma Square – Also known as Constitution Square it’s the heart and soul of the city. It’s the perfect place to relax on the benches and do a spot of people watching, enjoy the free WiFi or plan your day’s activities.
  • Plaka – One of the most eye-catching districts of Athens, it’s full of restaurants, bars, nightlife and souvenir shops. If you’re going out for dinner, remember the Greeks eat late, sometimes starting as late as 10pm and not winding up till after one or two am!
  • Changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier – Every Sunday at 11am, the changing of the guard is quite possibly the best show in town. The Evzones (guards) go about the change with high kicks and fists to foreheads with such determination that it has to be seen to be believed.
  • Hadrian’s Arch – Erected in honour of the Roman emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD this arch is located near the Temple of Olympian Zeus, but, as it’s outside the archaeological site, it’s free to view.
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus – Once the largest temple in Greece, it is also known as the Olympieion, it’s right in the centre of Athens and dedicated to the god Zeus.
  • Monastiraki Flea Market – Open every day but is at its best on Sundays. This is the place to be if you’re looking for a bargain. Get there early as after around 11am the crowds become chaotic.
  • Join the locals – Athenians eat and party late, so join them to nibble an array of entrees such as seared calamari, Greek caviar and deep-fried eggplant followed by succulent lamb or fish. Order ouzo in a taverna or a bouzouksidika, dance the night away and maybe throw a few plates!

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