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My holiday in Athens

Athens, with its long history, is
considered the historical capital of Europe. The town became the capital of the
Modern Greek state in 1834, and over the years, it has had a large number of
conquerors, each leaving behind splendid monuments. During the past two
centuries, however, it has evolved into a very popular modern metropolis.

For the most part, the historical center of
the town has been transformed into a pedestrian zone, the largest one in
Europe, reaching three kilometers in length. 
This all leads to most of the major archaeological sites – it starts
with the temple of Olympian Zeus (dating back to the 6th century BC),
which is one of the largest monuments. Nearby, you can find Hadrian’s Arch,
which forms the symbolic entrance to the city. Upon entering through the gate,
you walk along the Dionqsou Areopaghitou Street (which is located on the south
side of the Acropolis) and pass the ancient Theatre of Dionysos. There, most of
the works of Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylos and Aristophanes were performed. Further
along the street, you will reach the ruins of the Asklepieion (dating back to
the 5th century BC), as well as the Stoa of Eumenes (from the 2nd
century BC) and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus – it was built in the year of 161,
and is now used as a venue for the performances of the Athens Festival. 

Athens is also very well known for its
beaches and nightlife. The town is surrounded by pristine
, where you can swim for almost 6 months of the year – its vibrant
landscape boasts some of the best beaches in the world. There are trams and
busses that can take you to nearby organized beaches (most of which offer some
sort of water sports) in Faliro, Alimo, Kalamaki, Glyfada, Schinia and Varkiza
– all located no more than an hour away. You can also spend your time gazing at
the luxurious yachts docked at Flisvos Marina – the mega yacht marina,
providing shops and venues in the town of Paleo Faliro.

One thing you must experience is the
nightlife in Gazi. Located between Pireos Street and Konstantinoupoleos is the
industrial district, with many bars, clubs and restaurants that line the
streets. Popular streets include Voutadon and Tritolemou, but you are in the
center of all the action as soon as you step into the district.

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