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ATHENS. The cradle of Western civilization, is a city where ancient history and modern energy converge in a whirlwind of archaeological wonders, lively neighborhoods, and vibrant street life. Explore the Acropolis, stroll through Plaka's charming streets, and savor mouthwatering Greek cuisine as you immerse yourself in the captivating spirit of Athens.


Athens is Known For

Acropolis and Parthenon

Athens' Acropolis, crowned by the majestic Parthenon, stands as a timeless symbol of ancient Greece's architectural and cultural brilliance.

Ancient Agora and Temples

Agora and its ancient temples, like the Temple of Hephaestus, provide a captivating glimpse into the daily life and religious practices of ancient Greece.

Greek cuisine

Athens' Cuisine is a delectable journey through Greek flavors, with savory souvlaki, creamy tzatziki, and sweet baklava tantalizing the taste buds of food enthusiasts.

Greek Mythology

Athens, the cradle of Western civilization, is steeped in Greek mythology, where legends of gods and heroes come to life amid its ancient ruins and landmarks.

Athens Highlights

Acropolis and Parthenon
Athens is famous for its ancient citadel, the Acropolis, crowned by the iconic Parthenon temple. These architectural marvels symbolize the birthplace of democracy and Western civilization.

Ancient Agora
The ancient Agora of Athens is a historical site known for its well-preserved ruins, including the Temple of Hephaestus and the Stoa of Attalos, offering a glimpse into daily life in ancient Greece.

Philosophical Legacy
Athens is celebrated as the birthplace of philosophy, with the likes of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle shaping philosophical thought and laying the foundations of Western philosophy.

Olympic Games
The modern Olympic Games have their roots in ancient Greece. The Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro, hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

Museums and Artifacts
Athens houses world-class museums, including the National Archaeological Museum, which features a vast collection of ancient artifacts and treasures.

Plaka District
The Plaka neighborhood is known for its charming streets, neoclassical architecture, and a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops, and cafés.

Greek Cuisine
Athens offers a rich culinary scene, with traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka, souvlaki, and baklava served in tavernas and eateries across the city.

Syntagma Square
Syntagma Square is a central hub known for the Hellenic Parliament building and the Changing of the Guard ceremony performed by the Evzones in traditional attire.

Greek Orthodox Religion
Athens is the heart of Greek Orthodox Christianity, with notable churches like the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens and monasteries like Daphni Monastery.

Mount Lycabettus
The Lycabettus Hill offers panoramic views of Athens and is a popular spot for hiking and enjoying sunsets.

Theatre of Dionysus
Located on the southern slope of the Acropolis, this ancient theater is where Greek tragedies and comedies were first performed, contributing to the development of theater worldwide.

Barcelona Top Annual Events

The three kings day is part of the celebration of Christmas culminating 12 days after Christmas on January 6th. On the eve of the 6th parades take place throughout the city, the largest is called Cabalgata de Reyes where 500,000 people lineup each year to watch. Celebrations peak on the 6th where presents are opened and traditionally a sweet bread called Tortell de Reis is enjoyed.

Carnaval is celebrated in many Catholic countries in February to have some fun before heading into lent. In Barcelona you can find kid and adult friendly celebrations including floats, costumes, music, and fireworks.

Saint George’s day, also called Día de la Rosa (the day of the Rose) is the Catalonian Valentine’s day celebrated on April 23rd. Rose and book stands can be found all over the city. In tradition women receive a red rose and men receive a book as a gift. On this day you will find Casa Batlló decorated in roses.

Formula 1 is widely enjoyed in Barcelona. Each year the city is host to the Spanish Grand Prix in May where over 150,000 people enjoy this high octane event.

Celebrated on the night of June 23rd and June 24th, the beaches become a party with fires and fireworks. Locals refer to this night as 'Nit del Foc' meaning night of fire. This is a celebration of the longest day and shortest night of the year.

One weekend each year in June Barcelona hosts one of the best known music festivals in Europe. The events are attended by over 100,000 people and are split between sonar by day and sonar by night.

In mid-August, every Barrio (neighborhood) compete to be the best decorated street. Gracia is one of the most well-known neighborhoods to explore the amazing setups. The celebration continues both day and night and includes live concerts and drinks.

On September 24th hundreds of performance take place in the streets. Many involve mythical beasts or giants and include dancing, drums and fireworks. During the celebration you can also find Castellers building human towers.

Best Time to Visit

May to June

Driest Months

June to August

Wettest Months

September to November

Barcelona Travel Inspiration

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Regional Attractions



45 Minute Drive



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<center>Costa Brava</center>

Costa Brava

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1 Hour 10 Minute Drive



1 Hour 15 Minute Drive

<center>PortAventura Park</center>

PortAventura Park

1 Hour 20 Minute Drive



1 Hour 30 Minute Drive

<center>Salvador Dali Museum</center>

Salvador Dali Museum

1 Hour 35 Minute Drive



2 Hour 45 Minute Drive

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