The heat that greets you when you arrive in Athens is at first overwhelming, but almost everything here can take your breath away. Nothing is small or unimportant. Everything has meaning and history. Strolling through the cobblestone streets, you get a first hand look at how ancient this city really is.
Although its packed full of history its also embraced the modern world. Its not uncommon to walk down one street thats filled with fresh fish markets, cross over and enter the world of today with bustling shops and boutiques. When planning a trip to Athens, its important to take note of the weather. Even though the sun shines most days, August is the hottest month so if youre planning on coming then, make sure you pack extra sun screen and drink a lot more water.
When exploring this fascinating place you should remember that the entire city was built around the Acropolis. This is an absolute must see. Youll see Greeces ancient history showcased among its many sites. Sitting atop of the hill is the Parthenon, known as the birthplace of modern democracy. Be one of the millions of tourists that have explored every corner of this ancient site and come to understand its place in history.
Another fascinating site is The Temple of Zeus, which is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. All you need is a bit of your imagination to see how this temple looked at its prime and explore the ruins that remain.
Make your way towards the Plka, home to great restaurants and boutiques. Although its closed to street traffic watch out for a few scooters and motorcyclists to zoom up beside you. Its a perfect place to spend the evening as you stroll along the winding streets and explore the great shops.
The beach of Anavyssos is the place where the locals go to get away from the busyness of Athens. But if you really want to experience the best beaches Greece has to offer, go to one of its many islands. Many day trips are available by boat although sometimes one day isnt enough to soak up everything the islands can offer. Whether you make Athens the focal point of your trip or a resting point to the many islands that surround it, youll be glad you took the time to explore this ancient city.