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Acropolis in Athens, Greece
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. As of 2001, Athens had a population of 745,514, and is located within a larger metropolitan area with a population of around 3.8 million.

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, have been occupied for at least 3,000 years, and is sometimes known as the "cradle of western civilization" or the "birthplace of democracy". The most visible, and famous, sign of this classical heritage is the Parthenon (a temple to the ancient goddess Athena) which stands on the Acropolis (a flat-topped rock which rises 512 feet (150 meters) above sea level). There are of course many other historic sites and monuments, including buildings from Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods, as well more modern landmarks constructed since Greece achieved independence in 1830.

In more recent years, Athens successfully hosted the 2004 Summer Olympic Games (the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad), having previously hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Greece, Athens & the Mainland


Released: 2017-06-20
Paperback (348 pages)

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Greece, Athens & the Mainland
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Your in-depth guide to the very best of Greece, Athens, and the Mainland. Make the most of your trip to this beautiful region with our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide.

Packed with insider tips to make your trip a success, you'll find a guide to Greece's stunning historic architecture and its scenic drives that let you experience the best hotels, bars, and shops that the city and coast have to offer. Try local delicacies at fantastic restaurants, bars, and clubs, and enjoy the great views in spots that will take your breath away. We have the best hotels for every budget, plus fun activities for the solitary traveler or for families and children visiting Greece.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greece, Athens & the Mainland:

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Free, color pull-out map (print edition) marked with sights from the guide, a selected sight and street index, public transit information, practical information on getting around, and a chart for measuring walking distances.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder indexes for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greece, Athens & the Mainland truly shows you this destination as no one else can.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide. Visit to learn more.

Top 10 Athens (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)


Released: 2017-05-16
Paperback (160 pages)

Top 10 Athens (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
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True to its name, this travel guide covers all of Athens's major sights and attractions in easy-to-use top 10 lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

This newly updated pocket travel guide for Athens will lead you straight to the best attractions this city has to offer, from the Acropolis to the Parthenon. Travel back to ancient times and visit the Temple of Zeus, the ruler of the mythological Greek gods.

Expert travel writers have fully revised this edition of DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Athens.

   • Brand-new itineraries help you plan your trip to Athens.
   • Expanded and far more comprehensive, new laminated pull-out map now includes color-coded design, public transportation maps, and street indexes to make it even easier to use.
   • Maps of walking routes show you the best ways to maximize your time.
   • New Top 10 lists feature off-the-beaten-track ideas, along with standbys like the top attractions, shopping, dining options, and more.
   • Additional maps marked with sights from the guidebook are shown on inside cover flaps, with selected street index and metro map.
   • New typography and fresh layout throughout.

You'll still find DK's famous full-color photography and museum floor plans, along with just the right amount of coverage of history and culture. A free pull-out map is marked with sights from the guidebook and includes a street index and a metro map.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Athens.

Recommended: For an in-depth guidebook to Greece, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Greece, Athens & the Mainland, which offers a complete overview of this country; thousands of photographs, illustrations, and maps; and more.

Series Overview: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Top 10 are handy travel guides that take the work out of planning a trip. Packed with amazing ideas, informative maps, insider tips, and useful advice, DK's Top 10 guides lead you to the very best your destination has to offer. The pocket size make these the perfect guide to take on vacation. Discover the history, art, architecture, and culture of your destination through Top 10 lists, from the best museums, bars, and sights to the places to avoid. Visit to learn more.

Fodor's Greek Islands: with Great Cruises & the Best of Athens (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2015-03-10
Paperback (624 pages)

Fodor s Greek Islands: with Great Cruises & the Best of Athens (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

For many travelers, the Greek Islands represent the ultimate Mediterranean getaway. Spectacular full-color images of impossibly blue seas, whitewashed alleyways draped in pink bougainvillea, and famous historical sites add a special dimension to Fodor's Greek Islands. Helpful tools such as an at-a-glance Island Finder and a cruise chapter make it easy for travelers to plan their perfect trip. Also included is full coverage of the big-city wonders of Athens.

This travel guide includes:

· Dozens of full-color maps

· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks

· In-depth breakout features on Greek cuisine, Mykonos nightlife, and Santorini

· Coverage of Athens, The Saronic Gulf Islands, The Sporades, Corfu, The Cyclades, Crete, Rhodes and the Dodecanese, and The Northern Aegean Islands

Planning to visit more of Greece? Check out Fodor's country-wide travel guide to Greece.

Rick Steves Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese

By Rick Steves

Steves Rick
Released: 2016-05-24
Paperback (560 pages)

Rick Steves Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese
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Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website ( With the help of his hardworking staff of 80 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.

Lonely Planet Pocket Athens (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet Pocket Athens (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket Athens is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Marvel at the Acropolis raised spectacularly over Athens, follow in the footsteps of Socrates at the Agora, or step into the Temple of Olympian Zeus; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Athens and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket Athens:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Athens map (included in print version), plus over 21 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Greek Parliament, Syntagma, Plaka, Keramikos, Gazi, Filopappou Hill, Thisio, Monastiraki, Psyrri, Exarhia, Kolonaki, Benaki Museum, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket Athens a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out our Lonely Planet Greece guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer, or Lonely Planet Discover Greece, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Athens Travel Guide: The Top 10 Highlights in Athens (Globetrotter Guide Books)

By Marc Cook

Loco Media
Released: 2015-12-28
Kindle Edition (27 pages)

Athens Travel Guide: The Top 10 Highlights in Athens (Globetrotter Guide Books)
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Athens: Explore the Cradle of Western Civilization!

Are you thinking of your next vacation, but you’re not sure where to go? Would you prefer some quiet time lounging on a dazzling beach, or would you like a more active trip, with opportunities to explore cosmopolitan neighborhoods. Or, maybe, you wish to discover a new culture and experience a brand new city. Well then look no further. Athens is the place to visit whether you’re interested in just one or every one of these options.

This capital city of Greece offers its visitors some of the most spectacular ancient ruins in the world, beautiful neighborhoods and amazing museums just waiting to be explored.

Athens boasts a great number of touristic attractions and it can be quite difficult to pick those you are certain you’ll like. That is why you should definitely get this compact book, which will give you the most important information about the places you can’t miss while visiting Athens.

Inside the Athens Travel Guide:

  • The Acropolis & the Parthenon
  • Delphi
  • Temple of Poseidon
  • The Byzantine Museum
  • Plaka
  • Mikrolimano
  • Psiri
  • Monastiraki
  • Odeum of Herodes Atticus
  • Meteora

Follow in the footsteps of gods and mortals and seek refuge in one of Athens’s spectacular ancient temples. The idyllic architecture will be more than enough to keep you entertained and happy.

Athens also has several neighborhoods with great architecture and old-world charm. Starting with the Plaka, tourists who want to experience the Athens lifestyle should simply take a stroll through the cobblestoned alleys.

One of the many things Athens is famous for is its ancient ruins. But, did you know you can take a tour of one of the many historic ruins and see firsthand what those famous structures looked like?

Well, in this easy to read travel guide you’ll find out which are the most popular ancient Greek ruins, but also the most interesting museums and districts and what other amazing things you can do while vacationing in Athens.

Wait no longer! Get the Athens Travel Guide right now and start planning your best vacation yet!

Greece: Greece Travel Guide: 51 Amazing Things to Do in Greece (2017 Travel Guides, Athens Travel, Rhodes Trave, Crete Travel, Santorini Travel, Greek Islands)

By 51 Amazing Things

Released: 2017-07-13
Kindle Edition (101 pages)

Greece: Greece Travel Guide: 51 Amazing Things to Do in Greece (2017 Travel Guides, Athens Travel, Rhodes Trave, Crete Travel, Santorini Travel, Greek Islands)
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The Amazing Greece Travel Guide

This guide is will be useful for your Greece vacation. In this guide, you will know more about 51 different places and experiences that should be on your travel itinerary.

  • Know more about ancient antiquity architectural and archaeological treasures like The Acropolis and The Theater of Epidaurus.
  • Know more about amazing tourist attractions before visiting them. Know the histories of post-Roman structures like Meteora in Thessaly and the Little Metropolis Church in Athens.
  • Get to know the best beaches in Greece. As they are scattered all over the country, it’s good to know which island to go to and experience one or more of Greece’s pristine beaches.
  • Know where to get the best dining and nightclub experience. After all, Greece is not just about museums, archaeological wonders, and beaches.
  • Experience Greece’s history through its museums. Even the islands themselves can be considered as museums, as they give visitors a glimpse into their past.
  • Know more about some of Greece’s natural wonders. You can explore the caves, swim in the majestic lakes, or walk through forests and sand dunes.

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