Tons of History
Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, and over the years, the city has worked very hard to preserve as much of the ruins and history as it can, which makes it a perfect place to spend a vacation.
After hosting the Summer Olympics in 2004, the city was able to really undergo a number of large renovation projects, which has helped it to increase infrastructure and transportation options all around Athens proper.
In order to get to Athens, most visitors will arrive via the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, about twenty miles outside Athens, that serves as a big hub for many European cities. Athens is also a port city and many visitors arrive via ferry from Italy, the Greek Islands and Turkey.
Must See Museums and Ruins
Any visitor who comes to Athens has to schedule a lot of time to see some of the many world class museums that the city has to offer. Some of the first stops should be to head over to the New Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, and the Byzantine Museum.
Visitors must also take in some of the ruins that are scattered all over Athens. The Acropolis has to be one of the first places to stop by. Climb to the top and take in panoramic views of the city beyond learning about the history of the modern world. On top of the Acropolis houses some sites atop it including the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena.
Outdoor Walking Areas
Athens is also home to some really great wide open walking areas that meander between the ruins. One of the best and most well preserved is the Temple of Hephaestus, others would also include Filopappos Hill, which has some of the best views in Athens, and the Odeum of Herodes Atticus, a historic theater.
Some of the other sites to be sure to see are going to include the Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the modern Olympics, the Agora, once the main marketplace of Athens and the Plaka one of the most interesting neighborhoods in Athens.