As the capital and one of the largest cities in Greece, Athens is a stunningly captivating city that presents a fantastic sight as soon as you arrive at the port of Piraeus. Did you know that Athens is also one of the oldest cities in the world with a history spanning over approximately 3400 years? With a wealth of cultural heritage and history, it’s not hard to see why so many travellers come back to Athens time and time again.
Over recent years, Athens has seen a major revamp of its famous characteristics to form a combination of elegant style whilst maintaining the artistic cultural heritage for which it is known and loved. Classical Athens revolved around the arts and philosophy whilst today the city portrays a modern cosmopolitan metropolis paramount to the economic and political future of Greece. The most important civilization of the ancient world thrived in Athens and relives through some of the world's most formidable edifices.
The beauty of this eccentric port of call is the sheer amount of exploration opportunities. There really is something for everyone with full day trips to take in all Athens has to offer right down to a short stroll around the scenic landscapes of Piraeus. A sporting heritage is prominent throughout Athens wherever you go for those looking for an adventure through the years.
Once considered the “cradle of civilisation” the city of Athens and the wondrous port of Piraeus offer a diversely wonderful selection of historical venues to visit. The Acropolis “High-City” has and always will be the main attraction for visiting guests to the great city of Athens. A symbol of calm, tranquillity and exuberant heritage, this outstanding magnetism appears on many excursion opportunities so as not to miss out on the utter beauty; it is of great architectural genius and historic splendour. The Parthenon is quite literally breath-taking currently standing at over 2500 years old. The temple to Poseidon and Athena, Odeon of Herodus Atticus and Theatre of Dionysus ooze magnificence and are sights not to be missed in one of the finest cities the world has to offer.
Not only is this enchanting city famous for its marvellous historical sights but it also offers the opportunity to indulge in mouth-watering cuisine. Sample the finest moussaka or Greek salad, equipped with impeccable feta delights, and round it all off with a sip of taste-bud tingling Ouzo for an unforgettable day as the sun glistens down through the stature of the Acropolis.
A trip to Athens would not be complete without paying tribute to the delectable sights of the Plaka, also known as the “neighbourhood of the Gods” due to its proximity to the Acropolis. Almost all the streets in Plaka have been closed off to motor vehicles, as the roads are too narrow and strict conservation regulations are in place to preserve the beauty and heritage of this stunning location. Take in the mesmerising array of stores and workshops, steal an hour away from your day for a bite to eat or slowly meander round the streets and make the most of your time here.
Along with the enchantment of the Plaka, there are many desirable places to visit as you stroll around this exquisite city. Take advantage of an outstanding photo opportunity at the Corinth Canal and sail along the 4 mile unforgettable sight joining the Peloponesse to the mainland. Alternatively, you can head for the dramatic landscape of Cape Sounion and the Aegean coast to explore the amazing imagery of the Temple of Poseidon. A source of inspiration to Gods and mortals alike, the stunning landscapes of Attica remain a true highlight of an incredible cruise itinerary.
The heart of Athens beats in Syntagma Square. Here resides parliament and ministries creating the social and political hub to control the ever changing characteristics of Greek civilisation. Monastiraki, Kolonaki and Lycabettus Hill attract thousands of visitors all year round.
Whatever you decide to do at this wonderful port of call, guests will love the magnificent splendour of all Athens has to offer. A coexistence of impeccable culture combines delicately yet delightfully with the modern day world to present a truly unforgettable experience. A highlight of any Mediterranean cruise, Athens continues to boast one of the finest attractions within any cruise calendar with many cruise lines now even basing ships in the area year round.