Athens is one of the greatest cities of the world and one of the few places that can look back to a history of thousands of years. No other place contributed so much to the Western civilization than did Athens during its peak time 2.500 years ago, when it was the cultural center of the world.
It was here that such universal values as democracy were born and flourished.
It was here that philosophical and political meditation were developed and later affected the course of the Western civilization. It was here that literature, fine arts and sciences reached an unparalleled peak.
History, however, is not the only reason why the Greek capital has become a popular tourist destination. This vibrant metropolis of 4 million inhabitants offers visitors many choices of what to do during their stay.
Attractive regions surround Athens, which is located in the center of the Attiki prefecture. This area has developed into a popular holiday destination. There is a selection of lively resort towns, all less than a one-hour drive away from Athens, making Attica the ideal choice for a combined seaside-city vacation.