It all started from here! No literally. City of Athens stands tall with some of the greatest achievements of mankind. The birthplace of democracy in all its splendour and glory represents a thousands of years of cultural evolution. Greeks were the avant-garde of sports, modern medicine, mathematics and sciences that we practice today.
An interesting mix of the past and present and the ancient and modern, Athens is a culturally vibrant city. The ancient Acropolis here towers over the city and draws travellers from all over the world.
Home to the first modern olympics held in 1896 runners have the ability to relive the moments of this momentous event by running through historical city of Athens, Greece. While it’s the modern day marathon distance of 26 miles rather than the original 24.85 miles Dubbed The Original Course, runners follow the footsteps of Pheidippides the messenger that relayed the news of victory in Marathon to Athens. Take a running tour through central Athens and end up at the grand Olympic Stadium!
Top Attractions in Athens
1. Parthenon Acropolis
3. Ancient Agora
5. Temple of Olympian Zeus
6. Syntagma Square
7. National Archaeological Museum
8. Mount Lycebettus
9. New Acropolis Museum
10. Panathenaic Stadium
We were beyond excited to realize that this trip was actually happening! The fun had just begun. Over the next two days, we got to sample a lot of pasta (courtesy Nandhini) and a lot of wine over discovering what Athens had to offer.
Athens is a historical spot and is famous for its rich culture and Greek Mythology.
We arrived at Athens in the evening. If you are an outdoor person/couple/group - you could explore one of the wine tasting / Greek food tour / night sight seeing tour on the first evening and night. We did not want to over exert, so we spent the evening having a good rooftop dinner. There are a lot of city tours available. Since we had just one day, we chose the half day city walking tour (it started at the syntgama station and we covered House of the Greek parliament, changing of guards, National gardens, Temple of Zeus, The Acropolis, The Parthenon among others). We then headed towards the Acropolis Museum (you might want to skip it if you are not a big fan of history and archaeology, although the museum is grand).
We stayed at hotel Melia (good , recommended)
We took a ferry (Blue Start Ferries) to Mykonos - We started at 7.30 in the morning and it took us around 5 hours to reach Mykonos
Athens is the epicentre of the Greek civilization, and till date carries in it the charm and grandeur that made Greek civilization one of the biggest civilizations in history. No surprises then that you will find the city dotted with monuments and museums. The Acropolis and the Parthenon are two of the most famous Greek monuments you will find here. The city is also home to a number of sprawling amphitheaters, out of which, probably, the gladiators fought their opponents.