Athens is the capital, as well as, the largest city of Greece. With its history of about 7000 years, an amalgamation of historic and the modern world can be seen throughout the city. It is a crucial destination to witness the former might of one of the world’s most ancient civilisations.
The city of Athens is surrounded by 4 large mountains: Mount Aigaleo to the west, Mount Parnitha to the north, Mount Pentelicus to the northeast and Mount Hymettus to the east. The earliest settlements here began over 7000 years ago. Naturally, it became a centre for rulers to establish their kingdoms, having the honor of being the cradle of Western civilisation, with many aspect of the ancient Greek lifestyle and governance still being applied today. It is also considered the birthplace of democracy. The Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is undoubtedly the city’s most treasured and famous landmark. Within this citadel lies a cluster of still-standing regal structures, all displaying the classic ancient Greek style of architecture that tell stories of the city and its people at the peak of its glory. Even today, the city bursts with culture and colour, retaining its vibrance. Cafes are open until 3:00 - 4:00 with great food, especially some mouthwatering, exotic Mediterranean cuisine. There are diverse options for shopping ranging from colourful bazaars to suburban malls. Its importance on the global map makes it a prime destination for nightlife. With an efficient transport system, exploring this great city is not a hassle at all.
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