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Dynamic Athens combines a high-octane dose of history with the fast pace of a modern-day metropolis. Temples, theaters and countless sacred sites share the landscape with modern museums. Government buildings look serious alongside charming tavernas. And stylish shops are sprinkled amidst traditional markets. The city begs to be wandered and explored.
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Raise your eyes nearly anywhere in Athens and you're likely to be stopped
in your tracks by the sight of the Acropolis, where Pericles rose to the heights of
power and creative achievement with the construction of the Parthenon and Propylaea.
After a trip back to the golden age of Greece, explore modern Athens's patchwork of
neighborhoods to get a sense of the history of this gregarious city, its people, and
what lies beyond the ubiquitous modern concrete facades. Take in a twilight view from
Athenians' favorite aerie, Mt. Lycabettus, and drink in the twinkling
lights of the metropolis that is home to more than 4 million souls, still growing and
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