Athens is one of the most-visited cities in Greece. The city is situated on the Aegean coast and south of Balkan Peninsula. Athens has a pleasant year round climate with hot summers and temperate winter months. Whichever time of the year you decide to visit, Athens has a good choice of independent hotels ranging from cheap hotels close to Omonia square to the famous five star Royal Olympic hotel.
The name of the city was originally derived from the Greek goddess of Wisdom Athena who the people chose to be their protector over Poseidon. In 3000 BC, Athens' first settlement was established in Acropolis. This early settlement was soon discovered by King Theseus. The last king that reigned Athens was Krodos who eventually gave up his own life for the city.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Athens hosts various cultural events each year and one of the most popular is the Hellenic Festival which is held from June to September. Thousands of people head to the Herodes Atticus Theatre to watch a wide variety of musical and theatrical performances. The most famous landmark in Athens is the Parthenon which is a temple built for its patron goddess and can be found at the Acropolis. Also worth-visiting within the vicinity is the New Acropolis Museum. Another must-see museum is The National Archaeological Museum which has an extensive collection of Egyptian and Greek art. Enjoy great views of the sunset by visiting the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion.
The best way to get around Athens is to use the blue buses and yellow trolleys since they cover the city and the suburbs. Orange buses travel to Attiki and outside the city. The coastal tram links Syntagma Square to Glyfada beach in Corfu. Find cheap hotels in Athens nearby public transportation stations.