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The History of Athens, Attica

eight local experts

From dinosaurs to explorers to wars, here's what eight local experts had to say about the history of Athens, Attica.

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Living in Athens offers a mix of ancient history and modern life. You’ll experience a vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and historical landmarks like the Acropolis. However, traffic can be challenging, and the economic situation may vary. It ultimately depends on personal preferences and adaptability.

Athena, says: 2023

Athens is a populous city with about four million permanent residents. The most famous monuments of Athens are the Parthenon and the Acropolis near the city center. Athens has the advantage of being surrounded by the sea, and that is why a tourist can visit it in summer as an exclusive destination for his summer vacation. It is a frequent occurrence traffic jams on highways, especially on weekdays.

Jeremiah, says: 2020

Athens is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe combining many various aspects (tradition, history, culture, entertainment-among others) and covering all ‘tastes’. It can be visited all over the year, without the need of spending much money for exploring it adequately. I would be more than happy to provide more specific details and personalized information upon your request.

Theodoros, says: 2020

Athens is what you would normally consider a typical Greek city: it has a vibrant culture; is filled with rich historical value and embodies the comforts ascribed to Greeks all over the world. There are, however, more than a few people who are unhappy with the number of immigrants that crosses into their borders and frequently acts out against them. Athens at night is a sight to behold, but one should be careful walking the back streets and alleys all by yourself. It’s not to say something bad will ever happen – it is just better to be safe rather than sorry.

Konstantinos, says: 2020

Athens is a really beautiful city with lots of monuments and places. In Ancient Greece, it was the cultural centre of the country. Democracy, philosophy and theatre were founded here by great personalities of that time such as Socrates, Plato and Euripides. Its great history combined with our local traditions and cuisine makes it a perfect destination for someone to explore.

Gregory, says: 2020

The ancient city of Athens is suitable for all ages and preferences, as the activities one can submerge themselves in while living here are countless. Athens caters for all tastes, as with a short, 20-minute trip, one can visit beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters or even the mountain Parnitha, that offers exquisite views of the city.

Angela, says: 2020

Lately, Athens has become a top destination with its famous Acropolis, monuments, attractions, cultural events, and Athens Riviera with its longest coastline of any other capital. The city is a safe one, perfect for any budget and a great ingress to your exciting island-hopping trip. Athens captivates every visitor, any season, from April to late November, peaking in August.

I did not realise that long distances and commutes time were part of everyday life here. When selecting an area of residence, it is best to avoid the centre, if possible, due to higher crime rates, and try to find an apartment in the suburbs. Though, again, one should be cautious and look into the transportation options available in each area. On the whole, while Athens may not be a pretty city, it has a character that reflects centuries of history and I would unreservedly recommend visiting the museum of the City of Athens, a hidden gem within the city’s heart, that informs visitors of the Athens’ modern age.

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