Experience Athens - The Cradle of Western Civilization
Athens with its landmark Acropolis on the hill is a birthplace of Ancient Greece and in many ways the very cradle of the Western Civilization.
Athens is now a metropolis with ca 3, 7 million inhabitants and the capital of Republic of Greece. In Athens´ many museums you will find unique collection of ancient classic art and artifacts. The most popular museum is National Archaeological Museum of Athens. During summer your attention can be drew to Athens and Epidaurus Festival, if you feel exhausted afterwards, go and see Ancient Agora, a very peaceful green place with the best preserved ancient Greek temple.
Athens is quite crowded and noisy, so despite that now many main streets and the archeological walk - from the Acropolis to other sites - are mostly for pedestrians only, the best way to get around is by metro, opened in 2001, with the stations decorated with more ancient relics, found underground during construction works. The metro will take you to most of the places of interest, as well as to the new Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos), 27 km from the centre.
Time zone: UTC (GMT)+1. Daytime saving time (DST) is observed.
Currency: Euro (EUR, €)
Climate: Typical mediterranean climate, dry and hot summer (average temp.: 33°C), with ocasional thunderstorms. It rains mainly from mid-October to mid-April; Snow in winter. Best time to visit: spring and autumn.