Athens General Information
Athens is one of the world's oldest cities with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years and being inhabited since the 11th Millennium BC. In the 5th century BCE classical Athens was a centre of arts, democracy, science and philosophy. Home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, Athens is considered the cradle of western civilisation. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments - a rare historical palimpsest, evident everywhere in the city.
In 1834, Athens became the capital of the modern Greek state. The choice was based on the symbolic significance of Athens' classical history. during that period the city was constructed around the Acropolis walls.
Today, the greater urban complex of the Greek metropolis is called Attica and includes suburbs and the neighbouring city of Piraeus. Home to more than 4 million people it is the political, social, cultural, financial and commercial centre of Greece. The contemporary urban scenery of the sprawling city reflects its exciting history, its multi-cultural modern personality as well as the infrastructure and facilities. In Athens and the wider Attica area, you will find high standard hotel accommodation, modern means of transportation such as the cutting edge modern metro, a wide choice of opportunities for shopping, dining and night life but above all the hospitality and warmth of its inhabitants. In other words, Athens is a must destination that combines modern urban innovation with history, culture and natural beauty throughout the year.
You will need several days to see Athens. The archaeological sites never end and the modern city has many surprises to offer!
Water quality in Athens is very good so drinking water from the tap in Athens and in most major cities of Greece is perfectly safe. Bottled water is readily available at convenience stores located on most streets, and for a very cheap price.