Named after goddess Athena, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world with a recorded history of at least 3,000 years. Think of Athens and the picture that immediately strikes the mind is of the Acropolis hill with its magnificent collection of historic monuments that have been studied in the classrooms all over the world. In fact for many, the Acropolis is the main reason why Athens, the capital of Greece, actually exists.
See the Acropolis Museum, which houses some of the masterpieces of the ancient Greek civilization. You can also visit the Agora - a grand, ruined Roman building that was funded by Roman emperors, the Temple of Zeus - built around 1,500 years ago for the worship of the Greek God Zeus and the Hadrian's Arch - originally the city gate linking the Roman quarters with the original town of Athens.
Plaka, the old town of Greece is a magnet for foreign visitors. Known for its vibrant nightlife, the plaka is the historic heart of Athens consisting of an alluring maze of pedestrians streets lined with bars, cafes and clubs. Few could fail to be charmed by Plaka's fairytale quality despite the fact that the place is chock-a-block with souvenir shops and restaurants.