Athens (Greece) Reviews
Description:City: Athens / Country: Greece / World Region: Europe / "Athens (Greek Αθήνα AthŪna) is the ... more
Athens (Greece) ... capital and largest city of Greece. It is also known as the birthplace of democracy. Named after goddess Athena, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world with a recorded history of at least 3,000 years. Today, the Greek capital is Europe's 8th largest conurbation, a bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis with an urban population of 3.2 million people and a metro population of 3.7 million people. The Athens metropolitan area is the centre of economic, financial, industrial, cultural and political life in Greece. The city is also rapidly becoming a leading business centre in the European Union. The city proper has a land area of 39 km≤ while the urban agglomeration of Athens spans 412 km≤. Ancient Athens was a powerful city-state center of learning, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the then known European Continent. The classical era heritage is still evident in the city, portrayed through a number of ancient monuments and artworks, the most famous of all being the Parthenon on the Acropolis, standing as an epic landmark of western civilization. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896 and in 2004 it welcomed the Summer Olympics back home with great success."
Newest Review: ... houses by far the most supreme and complete collection of Greek antiquities and relics found anywhere in the world. The halls are boundless and immaculate. Even without extensive prior knowledge it's possible to learn a great deal from just a two hour visit to this museum. Time is consistently split between gaping in wonder at each monumental exhibit, and reading with amazement the ... more
Customer Athens (Greece) Reviews (17)
by Natalie - written on 22/12/10
Its the city in which government never care about enviroment!!! Nothing to breath? Read the GREENPEACe site- DIOXIN SCANDAL - and this is just one drop of the chemical poison in Athens and all around Greece - NOBODY cares here about enviroment - never go if you dont want to get more chemistry in your organism!! Better to Spain! On the beach the locals burn a lot of chemical rubbish and you cant breath from poison smell - it will stay in your lungs the whole day!!! May be on the islands is better, try althou ask youself - why I need to??
by - written on 24/01/10 (Very useful, 31 readings)
Taken from my blog post: http://thereisanotherworld.wordpress.com/2009/10/11/athens/) Athens groans and creeks like a rusting vintage car. It's treasured and priceless sure, but far from pretty. Exhaust fumes pour and imperfections are abound. Of course, the story of the Greek Capital far pre-dates any 1920's Bentley. And it was this - the history - that most come eager to focus on. Contemporary Athens is sadly too overrun with pollution and social problems. The National Archaeological Museum houses by far the most supreme and complete collection of Greek antiquities and relics found anywhere in the world. The halls are boundless and immaculate. ... Read the complete review
by - written on 06/08/09 (Very useful, 188 readings)
I visited Athens in 2004, a year that the Greeks were incredibly happy, what with hosting the Olympics and winning Euro 2004, they had every right to be louder and happier than ever! I spent a couple of months in the city and explored many districts including the suburbs. Athens is a very multi-ethnic city, too much for some Greeks some might say. As one of the oldest cities in the world, it's very much a place to be and the pollution of the past isn't so much of a problem these days. The city is well connected, take the metro down to Pireas and board one of the many boats heading to various islands at all different times of the day. A train line connects to ... Read the complete review
by - written on 15/06/09 (Useful, 13 readings)
I went here recently for four nights on a family trip away. We booked this on lastminute.com and so weren't really sure what to expect- we hadn't specifically target Athens, it just came up as a destination when we entered Newcastle as a starting destination. I was very happy to find that Athens was a fantastic place to be and whilst different to what expected (I am not quite sure what I expected) it was amazing. There are few things in particular that I thought were great about Athens. Firstly and rather obviously, the weather was pretty fantastic- even in Easter it was hitting the high 20's which meant both that -shirts and shorts were the order of the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 27/05/06, updated on 29/05/06 (Very useful, 241 readings)
When we travelled to Cyprus at the end of February we couldnít get a direct flight on the days we had chosen but had to change in Athens. We decided to put in a stopover on the way back home and visit the Greek capital, we had already been there in the 1970s but thought that after thirty odd years our memory could do with some brushing up. We took a taxi to our hotel and looked attentively out of the window while moving from the outskirts to the centre. Athens proper isnít a very big city, it has only 750 000 inhabitants, but one canít notice where the city begins and ends, what appears to be one city is a conurbation of several independent cities and towns ... Read the complete review
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