Most visitors to Athens come in search of the city's ancient, mystical past. The Acropolis, a World Heritage Site, is top of everyone's list, and it's here that you'll find the Parthenon, the Erectheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Other city center ancient sites include the Ancient Agora, the Kerameikos and the Dipylon Gate, as well as the ruins of the Ancient Temple of Zeus. The National Archaeological Museum is a good place to assimilate much of Athens' history.
There's more to Athens than ancient history, however. Around the foot of the Acropolis, in the Plaka district, you can view beautiful neo-classical buildings and indulge in some of the best craft shops. Head north from the city center to the Metaxourgeio district to enjoy some of the city's best art galleries.
Following your flight into Athens International Airport (ATH), take the Metro into downtown Syntagma or Monastiraki stations - it takes around 40 minutes. Strolling and hiking in the Parnitha National Park is a breath of fresh air, and the city center National Garden of Athens is a superb place for a picnic while the children play.
Head to the top of Lykavittos Hill for stunning views of the city. You can walk, or take the funicular railway from the well-heeled Kolonaki district.
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