The region encompasses the city of Athens, the capital of present-day Greece. The historical region is centered on the Attic peninsula, which projects into the Aegean Sea. The modern administrative region of Attica is more extensive than the historical region and includes the Saronic Islands, Cythera, and the municipality of Troizinia on the Peloponnesian mainland.
The Acropolis of Athens (Ancient Greek: Ἀκρόπολις, tr.Akrópolis; Modern Greek: Ακρόπολη Αθηνών, tr.Akrópoli Athenón [aˈkropoli aθiˈnon]) is an ancient citadel located on an extremely rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. The word acropolis comes from the Greek words ἄκρον (akron, "highest point, extremity") and πόλις (polis, "city"). Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is such that it is commonly known as "The Acropolis" without qualification.
The Acropolis Museum (Greek: Μουσείο Ακρόπολης, Mouseio Akropolis) is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies over the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. The museum was founded in 2003, while the Organization of the Museum was established in 2008. It opened to the public on 20 June 2009. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square metres.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is a complex in the bay of Phaliron in Athens which includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the National Opera (GNO), as well as the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park where several activities take place all the time of the year, for all the family. The Center was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano, it was built (completed in 2016) by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and was donated to the Greek state in 2017. From its roof you can see Piraeus Port, Phaliron bay, Acropolis and Lecabetus Hill.
SUGGESTED TOURS: ATHENS ACROPOLIS & CENTER
MATCHING DESTINATIONS: CAPE SOUNIO // CORINTH
Discover with a breathtaking drive along the scenic coastal road Athens riviera and the temple of Poseidon. During this relaxing ride you can enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athens’ most beautiful suburbs, including Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza.
Cape Sounion is a historic and beautiful area of Greece. The steep cliffs offer breathtaking, panoramic views. On a clear day you can see at least 7 of the Greek islands. In addition to the views, visit the famous 5th-Century BC Doric Temple of Poseidon, dedicated to the God of the Sea. Walk back in time and feel the beat of Ancient Greece as you stare across magical views of crystal clear waters.
MATCHING DESTINATIONS: ATHENS // MARATHONAS LAKE
A trip to Marathonas and a visit to its archeological site and museum is something you must do when you will visit Athens. As you will discover when you get there Marathonas is one of the most beautiful places in Attica. The road passes by gardens, vineyards, olive groves and wild vegetation as well as by the artificial Marathonas Lake with the impressive marble dam. In the surrounding area you can find many beautiful beaches for swimming and sunbathing. The most famous one is Schinias (it is located in an area of unique beauty which has been announced as National Park) where the pine tree forest almost reaches the sandy beach. You can also visit the archeological site of Ramounta (12 km away from Marathonas).
MUST VISIT: Marathonas Monument (Tomb) // Archaeological Museum of Marathonas // Ramnous (Kato Souli)
MATCHING DESTINATIONS: CAPE SOUNIO // ATHENS