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Athens, the city at the peak

Cradle of oriental civilization and capital of Greece

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Written By:
Marc
Published on the:
Sunday, 17 August 2014 - 19:19
Tags:Athens, culture, history, acropolis, Mount Parnitha

Athens sprawls across the central plain of Attica that is often referred to as the Athens or Attica Basin. The basin is bounded by four large mountains: Mount Aegaleo to the west, Mount Parnitha to the north, Mount Penteli to the northeast and Mount Hymettus to the east. Beyond Mount Aegaleo lies the Thriasian plain, which forms an extension of the central plain to the west. The Saronic Gulf lies to the southwest. Mount Parnitha is the tallest of the four mountains and has been declared a national park.  I’m not telling you all this because you do not know or that it’s an unknown icon but for you to try and capture my passion for the city and the energy that emanates when you walk the mountains where classical culture as we know it first began.

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.  Enter through the welcoming once pristine doors that are now almost demolished. Acropolis which translated means Summit (Akron Ohio) City (Polis).

The streets wind through the city where even the taxi drivers don’t them now all, it is practically impossible, even with their maps of over 600 pages they will discover the city with you. It is also quite normal during your journey, for them to stop and pick up people waiting for a taxi that are going the same way as you are!

Even if I have wandered talking about taxis, I have not forgotten the ¨views¨ concept which is the nicest thing about this chaotic city, a little relaxation, leaving the hustle and bustle of busy streets to gather your thoughts and delight your palate in one of the remote restaurants such as Hytra.  It offers traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes a long way from the menu at the traditional tourist restaurants. The price per cover is around 60€ but has superb views and a Michelin star.  It’s definitely one of the best options on how to finish your day with a dream meal.

Don’t leave before enjoying an evening in a neighborhood that is very touristic, but has a special charm, as it is based at the foot of the Acropolis, and has the most picturesque, very cool and modern terraces although it’s not and area for going for drinks.  It’s worth it to escape for a moment and also on Sunday the market opens where all Athenians rush to buy and sell everything from decorative items to clothing and crafts.  You are close to the Akropolis, and at this point, I should tell you that on Sundays the entrance to the monument is free!

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Panoramic view of the Acropolis

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Calles del barrio de Plaka, a los pies de la Acrópolis