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Athens, Greece capital is a modern city having a 3500 years of history.
Its vacation offer: history, culture, traditions, makes of Athens a wonderful destination especially if it is completed by few days of sea relaxation.
If you want to know Athens you have to assign many days to walk on its streets of northern or southern side or rambling through its markets and shops - book early in order to enjoy
In the XIX-th century King Otto decided to establish Greece capital at Athens and developed the Northern part of the city.
The city was designed in European style having large boulevards bordered by trees and many public buildings in neoclassic style.
» Landmarks for your journey:
• the residential district Kolonaki situated north of downtown with excellent commercial and entertainment sights. In this area are situated of the well known Athens’ museums such as The National Museum of Archeology. This museum includes a valuable collection of objects such as: ceramics, statues, jewels and pieces of Mycenaean Treasure.
• Exarcheia and Strefi Hills
Due to its bars and cafes Exarcheia has a bohemian atmosphere.
Plateia Exarcheion is a place highly frequented especially in the evening when many people come here to listen to “rempetika” music and to enjoy the shows presented in open air at cinema Riviera.
The ones wiling to escape of the city noise will go to Strefi, a famous green area of Athens.
Visitors can get on the peak Lykavittos, famous for its panoramic view on the city, by walking on numerous alleys or by cableway.
• The National Art Gallery is housed by a modern building. It consists of a permanent collection of European and Greek art with valuable works of El Greco, Rembrandt, Durer, Brueghel, Van Dyck, Watteau, Utrillo, Cezanne and Braque.
The South Athens is dominated by the complex situated on the Acropolis - the antique Athens nucleus.
The oldest residential area of Athens - Plaka and Monastiraki – is a place with many museums and Byzantine churches.
Many buildings of the area - groceries, icons workshops and taverns-terraces, were restored.
Monastiraki took its name from a little abbey situated in Plateia Monastirakiou.
In this side of Athens tourists have not miss the Museum of Folk Art that includes The Museum of Folk Ceramic, a wonderful collection of ceramic objects.
It is housed by the Mosque Tsistaraki and consists of a lot of exhibits many of them still current in Greek cuisine.
Winds Tower, situated in the remains of Roman Agora, was built by the Syrian astronomer Andronikos Kyrrestes. It is decorated on the external side with friezes representing the eight winds personified fact that gave its name..
Today it is called Aerides – The Winds and people believe that it was the school or the prison of Phillip II in Middle Age.
Agora or the public square was, starting with 600 BC, the political centre of antique Athens due to the theatres, schools and porticos full of shops situated here.
Shopping in Athens is a real pleasure after a day of history and culture.
Rambling on street markets, art shops, traditional objects stores or fashionable shops you can get anything you want from households, footwear, clothing, leather articles, bargains to jewelries, books, cakes, antiquities, aromatic herbals, icons and candles, spices.
If you choose Athens as destination, your vacation will be full of color and sun. It is reccomended to book your package early for the best offers.