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ABOUT ATHENS

Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments - a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm. A large part of the town’s historic centre has been converted into a 3-kilometre pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape.

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You can take a daily trip from Piraeus to the islands of Aegina (don'g miss the temple of Aphaia), Poros, Hydra, and Spetses. You can take a slow ferry, but a flying dolphin will make the trip in a fraction of the time, so you can be back to Athens for dinner. There are many boats that offer daily cruises to the Saronic gulf islands. They usually leave from Faliro and sail to Aegina, Poros, Hydra, and then they return to Athens. Some of these small cruise boats make a stop at Spetses after Hydra. The service varies from boat to boat, but it is usually a far cry from the cruises that sail the Aegean islands for three to seven days.