Athens, which has its name after Athena goddess of war, is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens has been an inspiration and example for recent European culture with its history dating back to Neolithic ages and being the birth place of democracy. Its greatest architectural and commercial development had started back in 600 BC. Thus it has many historical treasures with Acropolis, where one of the 7 wonders of the world the Parthenon temple placed, among them and many museums with rich collections of historical artifacts. The most important of these museums are Acropolis Museum, National Museum of Archaeology, Benaki Museum, Museum of Art and Sculpture and Cycladic Civilizations Museum. Capital had most of its growth in 1960s and in time merged with Pire and now its population approaches 5 million.
Athens has been a favourite settlement through millennia because of its location. The city located at Aegean seaside and has many blue flagged beaches and modern beach clubs along its 70 km shore. Besides its very easy to reach all Greek islands and mountain villages serving for winter tourism.
Since city is in the middle of the country mainly Mora peninsula and all Greek mainland tourism centers are in reach in a few hours. Athens offers numerous alternatives for all tastes and budgets for entertainment, culture and shopping with its mostly sunny sky through the year. Kolonaki, Syndagma and Ermou avenues offers many alternatives from expensive to second-hand goods; where Monastiraki square and its back streets are filled with shops you can find retro goods are antiques. Further second hand bazaar that sets up every Sunday deserves to be seen. Souvenirs can be purchased from touristic shops at the old Athens district Plaka on the foothills of Acropolis. A small hike in the Zappio Park (national park) where you can find European Council Buraeu in Zappio Hall and after that watching changing of guards in front of the Parliament is a must.
Athens has limitless opportunities for eating and drinking. Cute and narrow streets closed for traffic in Plaka, Psiri and Monastiraki shall be preferred for typical Greek taverns. Kolonaki, Gazi and modern shore district Glyfada can be chosen for Modern Greek and international cuisines. At the same time all these places are alive till morning with numerous bars and clubs. It is worth to experience Bouzouki entertainment unique to Greece. These amazing live performances of famous singers do not finish before 6 in the morning and severe wars of cloves happen.
There are 6 flights from İstanbul and 1 flight from Izmir to Athens daily. Athens airport is 40 km away from the city. Metro or shuttle buses can be used for city transport, but to have a faster and comfortable trip taxi or private transfer shall be preferred. Private transfers are available as luxurious taxi cars or if desired luxurious minivans or limousines.