Did you know that….
– The origins of the city of Athens dates back to 3000 BC, making it one of the oldest cities of the world.
– Athens is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, literature, philosophy, theater, the Olympic Games, political science and mathematics, just to name a few.
– Athens’ most famous landmark, the Acropolis refers to the sacred hill where the Greeks built many temples, the most important is the Parthenon in honor of the goddess Athena from where Athens gets its name.
– The Olympic Games of Ancient Greece were held in Olympia (hence the name), but the first modern version of the games were held in Athens in 1896. They returned again in 2004.
– Greater Athens (Attica) is the most populated region of Greece with a population of around 5.000.000 people (almost 50% of Greece’s population lives there)
– 227m is the height of the tallest of Athens’ seven hills. Visitors can climb to the top of Lykavitos via the stairway or take the funicalar railway for a spectacular view of the city.
– In Athens, buildings are not allowed to surpass twelve floors such as not to block the view towards the Parthenon.
– There are hundreds of miles of coastline around Athens and Attica and so not surprisingly there are so many beaches. Yes, beaches in Athens.
– Athens is blessed as the only European capital located so close to amazing beaches.
– The Greek people spent more than those of any other country at cafes in 2014. Athens is a haven of cafes!