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Ideal for: Culture Cravers, History Buffs, Foodies
Athens, Greece is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a human history dating back to the Neolithic Age. Attracting more than 22 million tourists per year, visitors flock to the capital to see the massive Parthenon, sitting atop the Acropolis; Hadrian’s Arch, the ancient entrance to the city; the ruins of Ancient Agora; the marble Panathenaic Stadium, home to the modern Olympics in 1896; and the world-class museums found throughout the city. Athens’ Mediterranean climate offers a moderate temperature year-round and there are a variety of accommodation options and diverse restaurants ranging from laid-back eateries to Michelin-starred restaurants.
Perhaps the most famous hill in the world, the Acropolis is home to approximately 10 structures, including the Parthenon. The area also includes the Acropolis Museum as well as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an amphitheater.
Once the city center for politics, religion, and social life, the history of Agora dates back to sixth century B.C. Explore ruins, a museum filled with area artifacts, and the neighborhood of Monastiraki.
Known as one of the best museums in the world for its collection of ancient Greek art, this museum houses a variety of pieces from the country's long history, including the Mask of Agamemnon.
Athens has a Mediterranean climate, which means hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. July and August are the driest months, which is why this is the peak tourist season. The wettest months are October through April. Temperatures range from highs of mid-50s to lows of mid-40s in the winter and highs of over 90 and lows in the 60s in the summer.