Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Athens
The Greek capital of Athens is today’s instalment of Europe month, probably the most historically significant city on our list as the birthplace of civilization and democracy, producing such great philosophical minds as Plato and Nietzsche. Athens is also one of the oldest cities in the world, with a recorded history of about 3,400 years.
With that in mind, the absolute highlight of your trip to Athens will be to revel in the Acropolis, which sits arched above the city, visible from most points of the center. Of particular note in the Acropolis is the Parthenon, built in 432BC, in the height of the Athenian empire, as a tribute to the goddess Athena, it is the most important and well maintained building from Ancient Greece. And, aside from being a must see attraction in Athens, the Acropolis is regarded as one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. It is therefore, mandatory on any cultural enthusiast bucket list.
To get more of a contemporary outlook on Athenian culture visit the Agora-Athens central market, primarily a meat, fish and vegetable market. Even if you’re not in the market for such commodities, the atmosphere of this authentic Greek market will make you feel like one the locals. Head there early to really soak up the environment. Another market not be missed is the Monastiraki flea market, every Sunday hoards of people come to this flea market to sell and buy anything you can think of.
Another monument you will find poking out of the center of the city is the magnificent green mountain of Mount Lycabettus. As well as the astounding views of the city from the top, there have also been notable acts that have performed there from Leonard Cohen to James Brown. And, although there are some great things to be seen on your way to the top, if you’re not up for waking there is a train that will take you almost to the top.
In keeping with the other historical activities during your time in Athens, The National Archaeology Museum of Athens also comes highly recommended, often being cited as one of the great museums in the world with artefacts dating back to prehistoric times.
Not only is Athens absolutely stunning, but many small coastal and quaint towns around the periphery of the capital city are perfect to explore with a rental car in including Rafina, specializing in fried fish and beer and The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion which was the first signs of civilization the sailors of Athens would see on their journey, Cape Sounion is a fantastic place to simply watch the sunset on the wonderful beach, and is within spitting distance Athens in a great Sixt rent a car. For you Grecian adventure, we at Sixt would recommend the BMW 3-Series for extreme comfort and ease. You can pick this vehicle up from any of our 5 branches of car rental in Athens.