Athens is not only the capital of Greece, but it is also the largest city. Known as one of the world's oldest cities, its history spans thousands of years and it shows as the center of Attica, the country's main historical region. The current population is near 670,000, and these residents get to enjoy daily sites like the Parthenon and the Acropolis of Athens. The city has even provided a peaceful way to enjoy such sites away from the busting of the city, having built a scenic route through many of Athens’s most famous landmarks. One of the most interesting things about the city is that there is little uniformity in architecture. All styles go from Greco-Roman to modern side by side.
Location: Water and majestic mountains
Avid hikers have plenty of spots to choose from within the city of Athens since it is surrounded by four mountains as well as several hills. One of the most famous of these is Mount Lycabettus because from the top one can see the entire Attica Basin. There are also three historical rivers within the city. Athens is also home to the Athens Metro, an electric railway, and another commuter railway, allowing residents to get to almost anywhere without using a car.
Business: Financial Capital
Athens is often referred to as the financial capital of Greece. Many multinational companies have regional headquarters within the city. Some of the most well-known are Coca-Cola, Ericsson, and Motorola. Omonoia is a neighborhood within Athens made perfect for visitors to help out the economy. Full of fast food outlets and numerous hotels, it also has a train station to help tourists get around to all the sites in this beautiful city.
Culture: Entertainment and archaeology
There is never a lack of interesting sites in Athens. Its many museums, schools, and research facilities solidify it as an archeological hub. Hundreds of scholars can be found roaming the city at any given time. The city is also the proud home of nearly 150 theatrical stages. This is more than any other city in the world, making it a perfect place for those who are looking for entertainment.
Activities: Sightseeing, Learning, Water, Oh my!
This historical city has a lifetime's worth of activities to enjoy. With unique sporting events like volleyball and water polo, as well as many indoor activity centers, athletes at heart have plenty to occupy their time. Those who love learning can visit one of the many museums or universities to learn about the history of Athens and its people. The gulf also offers plenty of recreation for swimmers and the like.