Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece.Conveniently accessible through scheduled flights to/from the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport and several global destinations, it can also be reached through Piraeus which acts as a marine gateway to numerous ferries and cruise ships.It is bounded from three sides by Mt Ymettos, Mt Parnitha and Mt Pendeli, Athens City itself is now composed of 12 hills offering amazing views extending to the Aegean Sea sprawled along its southern side. Hiking and mountain-biking in all four mountains remain popular outdoor activities for many residents of the city.
It dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years.The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, widely considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. .Some of the most enchanting structures within Athens include the famous historic districts of Acropolis, the Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio, the Syntagma Square and Piraeus, the ancient port.It is home to the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, as well as the new Acropolis Museum.Athens has a subtropical Mediterranean climate .
Athens is home to 148 theatrical stages, more than any other city in the world, including the famous ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus, home to the Athens Festival, which runs from May to October each year.In addition to a large number of multiplexes, it plays host to a variety of romantic, open air garden cinemas. The city also supports a vast number of music venues, including the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron Moussikis), which attracts world-famous artists all year round.The Athens Planetarium,located in Andrea Syngrou Avenue is one of the largest and best equipped digital planetaria in the world.