Travel guide to Athens
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There are few cities in the world that have a history as long and eventful as Athens. The city was the heart of the ancient Greek civilisation, and has long been considered as the origin of much of modern culture including theatre, art, philosophy and sculpture. A great deal of the city of Athens was redeveloped as part of the process of building up to the Olympic Games in 2000, and as a result, the city is now much more modern and well planned than it was in the recent past.
Although there are many attractions actually within Athens itself such as the famous Acropolis and Parthenon, that are of huge interest to travellers, many people find that due to the way in which ancient Greek culture developed over the years, and the way on which modern Greek culture has developed around it, there is plenty to see and do within an hour or two’s drive of Athens itself.
Once you have picked up your hire car at Athens Airport, you can simply drive to your hotel in the city or surrounding area. Although Athens itself has a reputation for being a very busy city that is difficult to drive in, it is generally not too bad outside the main daily rush hour, and you can normally find the space to feel comfortable when you are getting around.
During your stay in Athens, if you have the chance to leave the city, then there are many things to see. The local port of Piraeus is a bustling town that offers ferry services to many of the Greek islands. It also offers access to the best beaches within easy reach of Athens itself, so is a popular place to visit on a summer afternoon.
Although the modern Olympic facilities such as the new stadium dominate the landscape, it is the ancient Olympic stadium that is more popular, and this along with many Greek Ruins can be found within half an hour north of the city centre in Olympia itself.
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