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Must-see attractions in Athens

As a nation, Brits spend £58.5 billion on visits abroad from the UK.  If you’re one of them and are starting to plan your next summer holiday, you might be considering a trip to Greece. Whether you’re a lover of Greek food, love gazing at ancient ruins or simply want to worship the glorious sunshine, Greece is bound to be right up your street. 

If you’re planning a trip to explore what Europe has to offer, Athens will leave you breathless. Convinced you to go there? Here’s what you should do when you’re there. 

Why go to Athens?

Athens is one of the most visited cities in Europe with so much to offer for each and every visitor. As you explore the historical capital, you’ll witness the birthplace of the arts, delve into science and unpick the philosophy that’s helped to shape Western civilization. 

While it’s often regarded as a ‘gritty’ city, Athens should is a must-see for anyone who wants to experience an authentic taste of  Greece. 

Places to visit?

1 The Acropolis

This 2,500-year-old structure perched in Athens is something you can’t appreciate properly unless you’re stood right in front of it. This monument is considered one of the greatest architectural structures of all time. Dedicated to the goddess Athena, this monument is the world’s finest Doric structure. 

Once you’ve gazed in wonder at the Acropolis, head over to the Acropolis Museum to take a look at all the artefacts that were once found on the top of the hill. 

2 Temple of Poseidon

Lovers of Greek mythology take note of this one. 

Poseidon’s temple stands 60 metres above sea level. It’s thought that this magical temple was built by ancient Athenians to honour Poseidon and gently guide sailors back to safe land. 

It’s not the easiest to reach – but it’s well worth the trip. 

3 Ancient Agora

The Ancient Agora is an archaeological site located near the Acropolis. For thousands of years, this place served as a residential area, gathering place and marketplace. Nowadays it looks rather different – but it’s well worth a visit. 

If you visit the ancient Agora, you should take time to visit the Temple of Hephaestus and the Stoa of Attalos in particular. 

4 Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Temple of Olympian Zeus was originally created (as the name suggests!) in honour of Zeus, the chief god and father of all Olympian gods. It’s believed that it was constructed at around 470 B.C. as this was when the Olympic Games were at their height. 

Eventually, the temple was used as a place or worship – but it wasn’t long until the rest of the world caught on and started admiring the temple for its imposing size and unusual architecture. 

Final thoughts… 

In summary, Athens is an excellent city to visit if you’re looking to embark on a captivating journey through ancient civilisation. From the iconic Acropolis to the Temple of Poseidon, when you choose Athens, you’ll be free to explore all the history, mythology and culture this vibrant city has to offer.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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