About Athens

Athens is the capital of Greece.

It is considered to be the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy and literature, the Olympic Games, political science, major mathematical principles and theatre. The city of Socrates and Pericles took its name by its protector, Goddess Athena, daughter of Zeus, the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.

It is considered to be the birthplace of “congress” and “symposium”. The Athenians were the first to realize the immense cultural importance of the democratic discussion and the creative exchange of views and ideas.

Athens of today is a modern metropolis, having strong links with the past and many prospects for the future. It is a vibrant city with great appeal and charm. It is among the most beautiful, hospitable and exciting cities. It is also one of the safest and most affordable cities in Europe as it is stated in the EUROSTAT, the official EU statistical publication.

A large part of the town’s historic center has been converted into a 3-kilometre pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape. Athens is situated in the prefecture of Attica and extends to the peninsula that reaches up to Central Greece. It is surrounded by mountains Ymmytos, Pendeli and Parnitha, northwards and eastwards, and the Saronic gulf southwards and westwards.

The sun is shining over Athens all year round. The climate is one of the best in Europe, with mild winters and very hot summers, ideal for tourism. It is located just a few kilometers from the port of Piraeus, the central commercial port of the capital, and the shores of southern Attica.

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