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Athens the birthplace of democracy and The Olympic Games. With an abundance of iconic ancient monuments Athens is a history buffs dream destination. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the city is the port of Piraeus with daily connections to many of Greece's idyllic islands. Although Greece has thousands of islands less than 300 are actually inhabited and less than 50 have airports making Athens the perfect springboard to a real authentic Greek getaway, however before you set sail to one of these unspoilt islands take a little time out to discover the jewel in the Greek crown Athens.

A trip to Athens would be incomplete without visiting The Acropolis hill, which means "the edge of the city", the so called "Sacred Rock" of Athens, it is the most important site of the city and one of the most recognizable monuments of the world. Being the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture, it represents the apogee of artistic development in the 5th century BC. Many architectural masterpieces are erected on its ground.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus, is another must visit site – the "Olympeion" is an enormous structure, (the largest temple in Greece). It was constructed in 515 BC during the reign of the tyrant Peisistratos but it was not completed until 132 CE by the Emperor Hadrian. The temple is made up of Pentelic marble. Unfortunately, now only 15 – out of 147- Corinthian columns remain standing to give a sense of its enormous size.

Athens is a year round destination with a warm climate and even warmer locals, if you decide to visit this vibrant city between May and October try to take in one of the many events or performances of the Epidaurus Festival or Athens Festival as it's also known a number of musical, theatrical and cultural events run throughout the city during the festival.

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