Greece is one of the most loved tourist destinations for a multitude of reasons-history, ancient architecture, stunning landscape and beaches with crystal clear waters. But, first things first. Athens-the capital and largest city of Greece-should ideally be your first stop in Greece before heading out to the islands. The city is called the cradle of Western civilisation and rightly so being the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, Olympic Games, western literature, drama, political science, scientific and mathematical principles among a plethora of other things. Exploring structures from Ancient Greek and Roman civilisations dating as far as the 5th century BC is exhilarating to say the least. This history when seen in conjunction with the thriving city Athens is today makes one stop and ponder on how far the human race has come!
We spent two beautiful days in Athens and decided to soak up the history as much as we could (and sample the superb Greek cuisine!!). Here's our list of must do things in Athens:
1. Acropolis: Your visit to Athens is incomplete without going to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon! Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a hill which houses several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic importance. The Parthenon, a temple built in 5th century BC and dedicated to the patron goddess of Athens i.e. Athena, is the most iconic structure in Acropolis and Athens. It is exquisite to say the least.The most convenient metro station to get here is Acropolis. As you hike up the hill to reach the Parthenon at the top, take some time to admire the Theatre of Dionysos, the Odeon, Stoa and Propylaea. Temple of Nike and Erechtheum are the other structures at the top that you must spend some time at. A trip to Acropolis can easily take 3-4 hours and taking a guide to understand the history is highly recommended. Go before 10 a.m. for a quieter visit as tourists start pouring in soon after that. Located in close proximity is the Acropolis museum which houses various artefacts found during excavations at the Acropolis. We could not visit this one as it had closed for the day when we arrived there.