Athens, the capital of Attica and Greece, has uninterruptedly been inhabited for the last 6000 years, a period that includes wars, invasions, occupation, revolutions, decline and rebirth. Some of the worlds’ greatest scholars have named it “the cradle of Democracy”, mainly because of the political and cultural conditions that applied in the 5th century, in the Greek City- State. At the same time, it is the center of philosophy, with some of the most notorious philosophers – Socrates, Plato and Aristotle- living and teaching here. In the 21st century, Athens is a sprawling metropolis of almost 4 million people. Its streets are noisy, hectic, even chaotic at times, while the ongoing financial crisis has “left its mark” on the daily life, as it is depicted on the numerous closed stores in several locations in the centre. Despite the difficulties, Athens retains a very unique flair and remains a city of striking contradictions, with the harmonious mix and match of ancient, medieval and modern facets.
Follow us on a tour around the streets of Athens to discover its hidden gems…
We will walk along the route of its ancient, forgotten walls, parts of which still exist waiting to be discovered, observe its architectural diversity, marvel some of its very historic neighborhoods and complete your acquaintance with a taste of local delights, like a traditional Greek dessert [baklava, milkpie/ galaktoboureko, kataifi], a nice hot Greek coffee or a cold frappe watching the passersby, or even some local street- food [souvlaki, spinach pie, pretzels], like Athenians like doing on a daily basis.