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Athens - Greece, In the temple city Following independence the new capital had to cope with fourteen revolutions, occupation by German troops, and a gruesome Civil War before becoming the lively city that today attracts visitors from throughout the world.
The Acropolis is certainly the most impressive place from which no visitor can fail to take away an aura of history. Nevertheless only the faded remains are preserved of Pericles' giant and extravagant temple and the massive statues of bronze and marble that were inset with gemstones. The Propylaia, Parthenon, and Athena Nike temple are not all that has survived from the stormy past. Even in the new metro station at Syntagma square in the city center, the outline of walls provide a literally deep impression of past times and the display cases are filled with rescued treasures that the building workers found here.
The Middle Ages also left impressive buildings behind such as the Byzantine Metropolis Church from the twelfth century that was built with the rubble from ancient buildings. They stand in the shadow of the larger Metropolis cathedral in which stones were discovered in the nineteenth century from seventy earlier basilicas.
Both churches are at the edge of the Plaka, the ancient Turkish center of Athens that nestles alongside the picturesque Acropolis hill. This part of the city was all that remained when Athens became the capital city. Even when its streets are filled with tourists this part of the city still radiates its own original atmosphere.

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Athens and Attica in general have the most important archaeological monuments (Acropolis, Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Olymbion, Roman Market, Panathinaiko Stadium or Kallimarmaro, The Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, etc). In the capital you will admire many imposing neoclassic buildings, true ornaments of the city (The Greek Parliament, Athens Academy and University, etc). Don't miss visiting the museums hosting unique treasures of our cultural inheritance (Archaeological Museum, Military Museum, Byzantine Museum, etc). 
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Visitors of Athens can experience the exciting feeling of going to the places where great historic events actually happened more than 20 centuries ago. They can see the Dionysos Theater, where the great theatrical plays of Aischylos, Sophocles. Euripides and Aristophanes were first performed, stroll in the Agora as did Socrates, Plato and Aristotle took place, walk around the Pnyx where the leaders of the time debated major political issues or climb the Arios Pagos rock, the seat of the court and the Parliament of Ancient Athens. 

The most memorable moment of a visit to Athens will be the ascent to the Acropolis, towering high above the city. On top of the bill stands the magnificent Parthenon, one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of all times that was built in the 5th century BC. A unique archeological park surrounds the Acropolis, featuring temples, theaters, cemeteries and the Agora, the ancient marketplace. Famed monuments such as the Olympian Zeus Temple, the Keramikos Cemetery, the Hephaistos Temple, the Attalos Arcade, the Tower of the Winds and the Herodes Atticus Theater can be visited today.

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Splendid examples of ancient works of art from Athens and other parts of Greece can be seen in the National Archeological Museum, one of the world's greatest museums. Athens is also home to other great museums such as the Benaki Museum, the Byzantine Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art.
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TThe capital is famous, more than any other European capital, for its nightlife. Athens by night totally changes. The options for entertainment satisfy all tastes. The famous "bouzoukia" are the leaders in the Athenian entertainment. While the numerous theaters all around Athens offer a different type of entertainment. Athens is a divine city.
LE BAR BODEGA 
Open: All Year Round 
Bodega was created in 1984 from initiative of Alexandros Iola with the philosophy of a space that might play music from all the world as well as art work of consacrated and young painters

MAO CLUB-CAFE-POOL 
Open: All Year Round 
Mao, refers to the ever present contrast of Peace and the Wild when two Great Civilisations meet. The unleashed Hellenic/Chinese Relay leading to the 2008 Olympics began nearby

MOUSSES CLUB Strip Show 
Open: All Year Round 
By far the most exceptional SHOW CLUB by the seaside. Our beautiful Show Girls blend into the carefully lit Decor, while you are pampered by ethereal service enjoying your drinks

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Dining and Entertainment

Greeks are well known for their inclination to enjoying life. So it comes as no surprise that Athens features a lively nightlife scene. Typical for this hedonistic city are late dinners at 10 p.m. and nightclubs that fill after midnight and stay open until dawn! 

Each visitor should eat at least once in a typical tavern serving traditional Greek fare. The eateries called "ouzeri" serve a variety of appetizers - the 'mezedes" -which are washed down with a small bottle of the liquor "ouzo". Seafood and fresh fish can be found in one of the numerous fish restaurants in Pireas and the coastal suburbs of Athens.

A variety of tempting gourmet restaurants is available for more sophisticated outings. There is also a selection of ethnic restaurants featuring cuisine's from all continents

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The dining destination most popular with visitors is Plaka, featuring many taverns and restaurants. Elegant restaurants can be found in Kolonaki, Psirri as well as in the suburbs of Kifissia, Glyfada and Vouliagmeni. A popular choice is also the seafood restaurants located in the picturesque fishing harbor of Mikrolimano in Pireas.

Athens offers many nightclubs with Greek music as well as discos. Many are located along the coastal road in South Athens. Bars can be found around Kolonaki and Exarchion Square, in the streets behind the Hilton Hotel, in the Thission area and in every suburb.

Visitors interested in a more authentic experience should opt for one of the clubs featuring Rebetiko music - There is also a choice of music halls, where established Greek singers perform, and several jazz and rock clubs

PALEA FOKEA  Beach
Palea Fokea (or Palaia Phokea) next to Anavissos is a nice sandy beach southeast of Athens. A beautiful fishing port adds to the beach charm. Several restaurants on the beach offer what the local fishermen provide.
HOTELS IN ATHENS
HOTELS IN ATHENS 
ATHENS ATRIUM HOTEL SUITES 
Category:    Open: all year 
The Athens Atrium Hotel & Suites is a modern and recently renovated Superior 4 star hotel located in the center of Athens, the capital of Greece. It is the ideal plac.

 ACROPOL 
Open: All Year Round 
Old World Finesse, Modern Flair A landmark building, designed by the distinguished Greek architect Emmanuel Vourekas. Marble and hardwood floors, set the tone for the int.

 ALMA HOTEL 
Category:    Open: all year 
Hotel ALMA is located in Omonia Square in the centre of downtown Athens. It was established in 1964 with a long-standing reputation for good service.

 ATHENS IMPERIAL 
Open: All Year Round 
The trendy side of the town Welcome to the center of the center of Athens. A stone?s throw from the historical center, Athens Imperial is in the heart of the theater.

 ATHENS ROYAL OLYMPIC HOTEL 
Category:    Open: All Year Round 
Royal Olympic Hotel Beneath the shadow of Acropolis and just in front of one of the greatest masterpieces of Classical Athens the famous Temple of Zeus.

 BABY GRAND HOTEL 
Open: All Year Round 
The Baby Grand Hotel brings together all that makes Athens unique: history, culture, innovation, and diversity. 10 international artists from the fields of urban art, graffiti design and illust.

 BEST WESTERN ESPERIA PALACE HOTEL 
Category:    Open: All Year Round 
BEST WESTERN ESPERIA PALACE HOTEL Location Welcome to the Esperia Palace Hotel Member of the Best Western International Hotels.

 EPIDAVROS HOTEL 
Category:    Open: All Year Round 
EPIDAVROS HOTEL consist of 54 wonderful rooms that are comfortable, tastefully furnished and nicely equipped. It is located in the center of Athens, only 50 meters from Omonia square. 

 GRAND O' HOTEL 
Open: All Year Round 
Athens' funky jewel Sassy, smart, and stylish, from its Art Deco sculptured door and wrought-iron railings to the original pop-art in the lobby. 

 HERA HOTEL 
Category:    Open: All Year Round 
Hera Hotel, a member of Groupotel Hotels & Resorts, is a four star exclusive boutique hotel of Athens. The hotel is located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum. 

 HOLIDAY INN 5* LUXURY 
Category:    Open: All Year Round 
The new image of the hotel is the result of an extensive renovation recently completed and of the continuous effort we make, to improve and upgrade the services and the premises .

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