A seaside metropolis with lively vibes and many picturesque islands nearby, Athens is quite often considered a summer destination for tourist than an escape for winter. But if you’re other than beaches on, then there’s plenty of upside to a brief cool visit which avoid the crowds and summer heat.
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Athens is considered as one of the oldest cities in the world, often called the cradle of Western civilization. Visitors can find monuments from ancient history on every path they take. But with creative neighborhood views, trendy & cool shops with several cafes and taverns serving the famous Greek cuisine, Athens’ attractions are not only traditional.
The city is accessed easily by bus or metro and most of the main attractions are located at a walking distance. The temperature in January falls on an average of 50 degrees F (10 degrees C). Following is the guidebook for a 3 day visit to Athens:
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The centre attraction of ancient Greece with combination of modern-day Athens, the Acropolis stands above everything else and emerges majestically over the city. It is especially amazing to be seen during night, when it gets illuminated. There’s a fee of 10-euro for the entrance to the compound which takes you along the course of central structures of Greek mythology when climbed past the Propylaea, Theatre of Dionysus, the Erechtheion and the Herodeon hosting the occasional live performances till date.
A walk of 20-minute to the top reveals the most popular structure of all, the Parthenon — a traditional temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, the city’s patron. The scaffolding however, because of its prolonged restoration project takes some away from its grandeur.
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From Lycabettus Hill, best view of the Acropolis can be seen. Panoramic view of the sprawling city unveils after a pleasant but steep hike up a winding trail. There are ample angles to take photo from the top. An early morning visit will put the sun behind you.
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This is called the heart of the city. The square where the mass protests held is right in front of the parliament and the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where soldiers performs guard ceremonies several times a day.
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Plaka, a historical neighborhood constructed upon the ancient town of Athens is known as the “Neighbourhood of the Gods” because of its close proximity to the Acropolis. Its maze-like narrow streets are a treat to witness.