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Athens is located in the prefecture of Attica and is the most populous region and prefecture of Greece. Attica includes Athens and the areas around Athens, the Athenian Riviera to the south and east, the islands near Athens, but also the island of Kythira (in the south of the Peloponnese). In addition to a variety of attractions, Attica is crossed by mountains and its offers miles of beaches at the same time.
At the heart of Attica we find Athens. The city of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, Plaka, the historic center of the city and cradle of European civilization. The most famous attraction is the Acropolis, which consists of various buildings; one of the most important buildings is the Parthenon (temple of the goddess Athena). The city is a living museum of historical and cultural wealth, complemented by a modern and very youthful profile: luxurious hotels, excellent restaurants, countless cafes and bars, shopping centers, but also old picturesque markets and galleries. There are countless museums to explore, including one of the finest and best archaeological sites in the world: the Acropolis Museum.
Athens uniquely unites ancient Greek aesthetics with modern art. In the modern urban landscape, traces of this art are visible, audible and tangible everywhere. Multicolored and polymorphic graffiti adorns walls, street musicians give the residents' daily lives their own rhythm, street painters, mimes and artists conjure a smile on the faces of passers-by. Every year there are festivals and cultural events with concerts, dance and theater performances, photo and art exhibitions by local and foreign artists.
Just a few minutes away from downtown Athens, the Athens Riviera begins, stretching from Palio Faliro to Cape Sounio. Beach bars, restaurants, cafés, bars and countless other venues are lined up side by side on this route, offering a variety of options for relaxation and fun. So, if you think that you have to leave Attica to enjoy the sun and the beach, think again! Well-accessible and organized beautiful beaches are to be found in Attica as well as elsewhere in Greece. At Cape Sounio you can visit the Temple of Poseidon and admire one of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece.
Sandy beaches with crystal clear water can also be found on the small rocky islands of the Saronic Gulf, most of which are developed. From the port of Piraeus you can travel to Aigina, Poros, Hydra, Salamina and Spetses in a few minutes or drive to the more remote island of Kythira. Whether you’re looking for a longer stay or for a single day trip, these islands invite you to linger with stately architecture, historic monasteries, picturesque streets and beautiful beaches.
In Greece, Athens is also considered the capital of shopping, with several consumer options, especially downtown. Whether it is local products or goods from abroad, whether you are looking for something simple or traditional, or luxurious goods, in Athens, you will find everything your heart desires. While shopping, you can take a break in one of the countless cafes or restaurants and watch the city’s hustle and bustle.
Party until you drop ... that's particularly true in Athens, as the city is well-known for its nightlife. If there is one place where entertainment options are unlimited and diverse, this is exactly this place. Thousands of Athenians flock to the city’s bars, wine bars, restaurants, clubs etc. to enjoy themselves. There is something for every taste. A city that is alive day and night and is prized for its own rhythms.