If you were born and raised in the United States, you probably learned a lot about Greece through civics discussions and literature classes about mythology. Historians often refer to Greece as the cradle of Western civilization, and its influence abounds in its ancient capital of Athens. Consider visiting this city the next time you plan an overseas trip.
What to do
Of course, if you’re headed to Athens you need to climb the Acropolis at some point during your trip. According to Lonely Planet, this hill was once the city of Pericles, which devoted itself to the worship of Athena, daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom and war. The whole area is covered by ruins and monuments made of white Pentelic marble, with a peak crowned by the iconic Parthenon, an ancient temple dedicated to Athena. After you walk to the top of the hill and examine what’s left of this great building, visit the Acropolis Museum to see the details of these ancient structures. The Greek government moved them indoors to protect them from the elements and further ravaging by the passage of time.
After you learn more about the ancient world, consider visiting the Plaka, a neighborhood that sits at the base of the Acropolis. The narrow streets can be difficult to navigate, but travelers on TripAdvisor say it’s a great place to do some shopping and find tasty local delicacies.
Where to eat
If you’re in Athens, you should certainly try Greek cuisine. For a casual taste of local delicacies, reviewers on Google recommend Karamanlidika in the center of town as an affordable way to taste a variety of dishes without breaking the bank. Another option is Oroscopo, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner for five years in a row. Reviewers note that the service here is excellent and there are a variety of fresh dishes to try that will please any palate. It doesn’t hurt that it’s in a tourist area of town, so they are used to serving customers trying to navigate a foreign menu.
Where to stay
Athens is a very popular tourist destination, so if you’re a frequent traveler enrolled in a rewards program with a particular global chain, it’s possible that you’ll find something for you here. If you prefer to stay a local establishment, consider staying at InnAthens. According to TripSavvy, this property has only 20 rooms, so you need to reserve in advance. It’s very close to the famous Syntagma Square in the center of the city and is also near the National Garden. Besides its great location, it’s also known for superb service and modern amenities.
When you’re traveling with a family, it can be difficult to find accommodations large enough for your group. The AVA Hotel & Suites, located between the Arch of Hadrian and the foot of the Acropolis, has rooms that accommodate up to four people. It was recently renovated, so it has everything you would want as a modern traveler.
Athens, Greece, is a great place to explore if you want to know more about the ancient world. Consider adding it to your travel bucket list.
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