Everyone knows of Athens. A city of myths and monuments, impulsive gods and ancient glory. Athens is one of Europe’s safest capitals with an urban network that allows low cost, easy and quick transp
Boasting 5,000 years of history with monuments sprawled across the city, world class museums and a vibrant contem-porary cultural life, Athens is a versatile destination. Famous for its contemporary vibe, its lively nightlife – numerous bars and clubs for all tastes – and Mediterranean cuisine, the city can cater for every even
We could give you 100 reasons to visit Athens. But here’s our easy six.
1. Athens means a place where half the world connects
In Athens, you’re midway between Europe, Asia, and Africa. Our international carrier, Aegean Airlines, services 80 destinations in 41 countries. Getting around town is also a breeze: you can be standing at the birthplace of democracy and drama after breakfast, and lunching on grilled octopus a couple of hours later.
2. Athens means sunshine, safety and value for money
Imagine a city where for most of the year a swim is just a short tram ride away. With an average 300 days of sunshine a year, Athens is warm and welcoming (and that includes the locals). It’s also one of the safest and most budget-friendly capitals in Europe. In fact, Athens proves that the best things in life – sun, sea, and good company – are free.
3. Athens means convention trips don’t have to be conventional
When Athens hosted the 2004 Olympics, we proved that we know how to get things done. And we showed the world that hospitality is in our nature. Meeting planners and business travellers love Athens. It’s not a sprawling metropolis where the convention facilities are miles outside the city limits. Here, you’ll be immersed in the vibrant Athenian lifestyle, whether your venue is a historic museum, a converted gasworks, or a 5-star resort with distracting views of the Aegean.
4. Athens means nobody sleeps early, skips dinner, or misses the party
Sure, extended family meals and taverna culture are time-honoured rituals as unshakeable as the Parthenon. But young Greek chefs have introduced global influences to the local dining scene, and mixologists are using native ingredients to shake up Athens’ legendary cocktail culture. Sip your Aegean Tonic on a roof terrace overlooking the Acropolis. Pull up a chair and chat with locals on a cobblestone square. Or dance deep into the small hours at a seaside club. If New York is the city that never sleeps, Athens is the city that never stops…
5. Athens means to blow your mind. We’ve been doing so for thousands of years.
History and culture are as ingrained in the fabric of Athens as marble and mortar. You can walk in the open-air school where Aristotle taught philosophy or watch an ancient Greek drama in a Roman amphitheatre. Alongside the World Heritage monuments and magnificent museums is a twenty-first-century cultural powerhouse, featuring arts festivals, outdoor cinemas, and an ever-changing canvas of street art. So it’s hardly surprising that Athens was crowned UNESCO World Book Capital in 2018.
6. Athens means you’ll never be lonely
Athens is a delightful paradox: a buzzing metropolis with a laid-back lifestyle. The streets are filled with cafes and bars, and these cafes and bars are filled with people having a good time. If you’re one of the 5.5 million people who will visit Athens this year, you’ll fit right into this sociable scene. Most locals speak English fluently, and many of us are confident speaking other languages too. So, you’ll have no trouble making new friends in Athens. In our lively conversations, we may get some words wrong, but we sure know how to live right.
Source: This is Athens