The hills around Athens offer breathtaking vistas over the city and surrounding countryside. Take the funicular railway to the top of Mount Lycabettus for a panoramic view over the rooftops of Athens all the way over the intense blue waters of the Aegean Sea to the distant Peloponnese peninsula. Enjoy a coffee and a respite from the hustle of the city below.
Athens: Where Ancient Meets Modern
Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, and its glorious and bloody history is infused with myth and legend. It is a bustling, dusty and grubby modern city, but the chaotic streets lead to some of the world’s most incredible landmarks. Get to the Acropolis early to avoid the heat and the crowds and explore the ancient buildings of the original fortified city. There is a beautiful view of the Acropolis from the Ancient Agora and the museum at the Kerameikos, the cemetery of ancient Athens, contains some beautiful marble burial sculptures. After the heat of the day has retreated, the famously sociable Athenians flock to pavement cafes and bars, and the streets ring with chatter and laughter every night of the week. Locals go out late and stay out late, and during the summer many of the city’s clubs even relocate to the beach.