ONE OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST CITIES AND THE CENTER OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATION, ATHENS REMAINS A CULTURAL TREND-SETTER.

A bold past woven with the threads of mythology and philosophy are the foundation of this cosmopolitan metropolis. Ancient temples and museums keep in step with stylish nightclubs, top-rated restaurants and chic boutiques. Above it all, the Parthenon crowns the Acropolis as it has for over two millennia, a fitting symbol for the city where civilization was born.

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DISCOVERIES

BENAKI MUSEUM OF GREEK HISTORY
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This unparalleled collection of over 40,000 decorative items includes paintings, figurines, religious objects, pottery, costumes, and jewelry. Discover a panoramic picture of Greek history from prehistoric to modern times within the Benaki Museum’s grand neoclassical structure. An ongoing roster of current exhibitions showcases the country’s extensive population of 20th century artists. Be sure to pop by by the superbly curated gift shop during a visit.

CHANGING OF THE EVZONE GUARD
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The Evones, a special unit of the Hellenic Army, keep stoic watch outside of the Hellenic Parliament and change guards hourly. However, every Sunday at 11 a.m. it becomes a spectator event. Crowds gather in Syntagma Square to watch the guards costumed in the billowy white shirts and ceremonial kilts with 400 folds march and perform with military precision.

ERMOU SHOPPING DISTRICT
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Athens has no shortage of retail therapy opportunities—from chic boutiques featuring emerging designers to high-end jewelers and simple souvenir shops worth a look. Ermou Street, one of the top five most expensive shopping streets in Europe, is where to find it all. Take a few hours to stroll this paved pedestrian walkway in the city’s center. Familiar luxury brands occupy storefronts on one end, and on the other end of the pedway and the spectrum is Monastiraki, a fabulous flea market. Discover a treasure among the vibrant jumble of shoes, leather goods, antiques and vinyl records.

KOLONAKI SQUARE AND NEIGHBORHOOD
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Nestled near the southwest side of Lykavittos Hill, the streets of this elegant and trendy neighborhood are lined with exclusive designer stores. On Voukourestiou Street, boutiques featuring emerging labels and one-of-a-kind products for the body and the home sit alongside luxury labels such as Longchamp and Escada.

MUSEUM OF GREEK FOLK ART
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Experience a taste of daily Greek life through the ages by contemplating this vibrant collection of embroidery, pottery, woodcarvings, paintings, period rooms and dazzling costumes. Founded in 1918, the museum houses floor upon floor of traditional handicrafts, and an impressively reconstructed bath house. Pottery classes, shadow theater performances and creative workshops for children ensures that these essential art forms are passed down to the next generation.

NATIONAL GARDEN OF ATHENS
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Lounge with locals in the shade on old-growth trees, pedal along the paths on a bike or meander the trails leading to a placid pond. This 33-acre oasis of green peppered with ancient ruins and the busts of Greek poets and authors, was commissioned in 1838 by Queen Amalia and is one of the most beloved public spaces in Athens.

PHILOPAPPOS MONUMENT
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One of the city’s best kept secrets is found a peaceful 20-minute trek uphill and away from the throngs of Athens’ more notable open air monuments. Elevated above the fray, the well preserved Philopappos Monument affords not only dazzling Acropolis views, but pristine panoramas of the city as it crawls towards the sea. Set off at dawn to marvel at the sunrise or in the late afternoon to catch the Grecian sun as it dips below the horizon.

PLAKA
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Scenic and significant, this ancient area at the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis is called the “District of the Gods” by Athenians. Maze-like streets lead to squares anchored with monuments to Lysikrates and the Roman Agora, Byzantine churches and neoclassical architecture. Settle in at an outdoor table at one of the many cafes and linger over a parade of Greek specialties just as the locals do.

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MUSEUM OF GREEK FOLK ART

ADMIRE THE STUNNING TRADITIONAL COSTUMES, HANDICRAFTS, AND THE CITY’S ONLY SURVIVING PUBLIC BATH HOUSE ON DISPLAY AT THE MUSEUM OF GREEK FOLK ART.
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