During your Athens city break, brave the crowds who visit the Acropolis and you won’t be disappointed, or visit The Parthenon – Athens’ greatest symbol. Take a stroll along the Ancient Promenade, that connects some of Athens’ most well known sights, an intriguing mixture of modern and ancient, sat side-by-side. If you’re feeling adventurous, head up to Mount Hymettus one evening to enjoy great views of the city and stunning sunsets. Do have at least one delectable meal at the GB Roof Garden at Hotel Grande Bretagne. It has a setting quite unlike any other in Athens; from the comfort of brightly coloured pillows, you can soak up the views of some of the most important treasure troves in history, take in the sun setting behind the Acropolis or, turn towards the awe-inspiring sight of Kalimarmaro Stadium – the first stadium to host the Olympic Games.
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History & Sightseeing
Athens’ Acropolis, meaning ‘The Sacred Rock or high city’, is the best known Acropolis in the world and visited by some three million tourists annually who come to stand in awe of the Parthenon – famed for its architectural symmetry and housing surviving friezes and marble metopes (though the best examples are still residing in the British Museum), the beautiful temples and the views of Athens stretched out before them. Located at the foot of the Acropolis is the Acropolis Museum, an architectural marvel which houses some of Greece's finest treasures, while the National Archaeological Museum is packed with ancient marble statues, jewellery and ceramics. Just north of Parthenon is Erechtheoin, Athens' most sacred ground where an olive tree sprung up at Athena's touch during a battle for possession of the city and where Poseidon plunged his spear into a rock, creating a massive waterfall. The capital has enjoyed a plentiful supply of both olives and fresh water ever since.
The Ancient Promenade – a grand pedestrian promenade – connects some of Athens most well known sights and is a great way to see modern and ancient Athens side by side. Start at the Temple of Olympian Zeus (the largest in Greece), wander up to the Acropolis and then stroll through Monastiraki – the flea market here is an amazing collection of small shops, like a Turkish Bazaar, especially on a Sunday when people come from the hills to sell their wares.
Get away from Athens central for a while and enjoy a coffee in the National Gardens. This shaded oasis, which used to be the private garden of the Greek Kings, comes complete with peacocks, deer and relaxed Athenians. Similarly, Mount Hymettus, famous for its thyme honey and beautiful marble, has long been a favoured refuge from the heat in Athens. Almost all of the city can be seen from here, including the mountains of Parnitha – the more adventurous should head up to enjoy the stunning sunsets.
Located on the south slope of the Acropolis, the 2nd century Odeion of Herodes, is a semi-circular theatre which plays host annually to the summer Hellenic Festival of classical drama, dance and music performances, including the occasional gig by the likes of Jean Michel Jarre.
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