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Athens – Mystical City of the Gods
Athens is the divine city that gave birth to civilization and democracy. Located in Attica extending to a peninsula towards Central Greece, Athens is the largest city and capital of Greece. It dominates the prefecture of Attica and is one of the oldest cities in the world with over three thousand years of recorded history. Athens, then, was a powerful city-state and a center for philosophy, learning and the arts. Today, modern Athens is a cosmopolitan hub to political, financial, economic, industrial, cultural, commercial and social lifestyle in Greece. Athens is one of the few cities that have preserved antiquity and embraced modernization in parallel context. A stroll around historic areas like the triangle - Plaka, Psyri, Thission - and the old neighborhoods would reveal well-preserved old mansions standing side by side with ruins of the past, big department stores looming over small intimate shops, fancy restaurants and traditional taverns both get their share of customers. Everything co-exists in perfect harmony.

When looking for a hotel in Athens, make sure of a location nearest the heart of the city – the Syntagma Square. It is in front of the Parliament and where most Ministries are located. From here, access to all major tourist attractions is a breeze away. Start your day at the “museum mile”, a cluster of museums along Vassilissis Sophias Avenue including the Byzantine Museum, Benaki Museum, and the Museum of Cycladic Art. Continue your trek to Ermou Street, the busy shopping district that leads to Monastiraki square, one of the places attracting thousands of travellers every day.

Most importantly, do not skip a visit to archaeological monuments such as the Acropolis, Olymbion, Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Roman Market, Panathinaiko Stadium or Kallimarmaro and the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio. The Acropolis hill is the "Sacred Rock" of Athens and one of the most infamous monuments in the world. It stands as coherent link to ancient Athens as well as the emblem representing the city’s artistic development and cultural evolution. The sanctuary of Poseidon at Sounion is another must-see sanctuary in Attica. It is said that each year, exactly on sunset time, you can get a glimpse of the gold statue of Athena in Athens Acropolis from the temple of Poseidon at Sounion ….a magical sight to behold!

If you prefer to settle in a resort hotel in Athens, the seaside towns of Vouliagmeni Faliro, Glyfada, and Voula should not be missed on your list. Vouliagmeni is a picturesque peninsula, about twenty kilometers east of Athens. Here you can enjoy a dip at the famous mineral water spa with the consistently mild climate all-year round.

A milestone that Athens is proud of is hosting the 2004 Olympic Games. Despite all odds, not once has Athens lost the talent. The return to the birthplace of the Olympic Games was truly a memorable feat and a superb success.

The best way for you to enjoy your holiday or business trip to Athens is to plan ahead, as there are plenty of places to visit and things to do. A good start is to use ExcelBooking.com and find a nice and comfortable hotel with the right location and price.

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