Athens – History and culture in Greece's capital
The birthplace of democracy, Athens has stood as a major cultural capital for over 2,500 years. The city was arguably the most famous in the world during antiquity and has developed into a lively and cosmopolitan modern city that is a pleasure to explore. Whether it's your first trip or your hundredth, Athens has something to suit every visitor. From discovering the city's ancient history through its ruins, museums, and monuments to enjoying a traditional Greek meal in the relaxed Plaka district, you'll feel spoiled for choice by the number of attractions and activities on offer in this lively city. Athens is also a perfect staging point for further exploration of Greece. Wonderful attractions such as the temple of Poseidon at Sounion, or the Corinthian Canal are accessible from the city. Day trips to several islands are available from the nearby port of Piraeus.