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Hard to describe in a few words, it’s just as well that Athens’ historical and cultural pedigree speaks for itself. Today, the modern city successfully combines the most vibrant aspects of 21st century life with a heritage that dates back over 3,000 years.

 

Several areas in Attica have a deeply rooted ancient history, just as significant as that of Athens. Some of the most prominent are:

 

Sounion is most famous for its splendid Temple of Poseidon, which was built in the 5th century BC.

 

Mythology says that the King of Athens, Aegeas, committed suicide by jumping from the tip of the cape. This is where the Aegean Sea gets its name from. The English poet Lord Byron has carved his name on one of the front pillars of the temple.

 

Relive the myths of Greek legend at the Acropolis and Temple of Poseidon; chart Olympic history - past and present - at the original and contemporary Olympic venues; enjoy a round at the Athens golf course; wreck-dive in the crystal waters of the Aegean; spend some time cruising between the islands or party till dawn at the city’s legendary night-spots.

 

Athens – Land of the Gods

Named after the goddess Athena, following her ‘gift’ of the olive tree to its people, Athens is one of the most historically significant cities in the world: birthplace of democracy, centre of philosophy, cradle of an empire and home to some of the greatest architectural masterpieces of all time. Modern Athens introduces the additional profile of a contemporary metropolis, buzzing with artistic flair, fine cuisine, vibrant nightlife and international haute couture.