When some people think of visiting Greece for a holiday, they often think of beaches and hot weather. But there is plenty more to Greece than this, and there is no better place to find this out in than Athens.
The capital of Greece is very popular with those people who want something different from the country than miles of gorgeous beaches, and even if you do plan on getting some sunbathing in, you should still allocate a day or two to explore all that Athens has to offer, because whatever your interests are, you will find the opportunity for them, in Athens.
There is no doubt that it is crowded, hot and bustling with both locals and tourists alike, but these factors are part of what gives Athens its undeniable charm - along with the many other features which are still standing as reminders of more ancient times.
Perhaps the most famous location that is an absolute must to visit is the Acropolis - but you may be surprised to learn that there is more than one in Greece. The one situated in Athens is by far the most famous however, which is why it is simply known as 'the Acropolis'. It has also earned its place as a World Heritage Site.
You may also want to soak up the atmosphere in the Panathinaikos Stadium. This was host to part of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, but its conception goes as far back as 330 BCE, long before the modern games were even thought of. This is a stadium steeped in history and long associated with sporting events.
But of course alongside the ancient sights there are also modern delights to see and enjoy. For a taste of the finest in art that Athens has to offer, don't miss the National Museum of Contemporary Art in the centre of the city. As you would expect there are plenty of artistic efforts from Greek artists to savour here, as well as ones created by artists from all over the world.
Furthermore, if you want a taste of Greek history that is quite unlike any other you should go to the National Historical Museum in the Old Parliament Building. The venue for the museum itself attracts plenty of attention and is well worth a look, featuring years of historical artefacts to browse around and be taken back by; you are clearly in for a wonderful day's exploration.
So all you need to do is to choose from the many flights to Athens that are available, and sit back and plan your itinerary. No matter whether you are going for a long weekend or a family holiday, you won't be short of things to do.
Isla Campbell writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.