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As the oldest city in Europe, Athens is certainly not short of history and culture. A compact cosmopolitan city interspersed with the some of the world’s most magnificent architectural sites makes Athens one of the most popular tourist destinations.

Overlooking Athens is The Parthenon sitting atop the sacred rock Acropolis. Visible from all over the city, it is linked to the other monuments by a huge pedestrian park known as, The Unification of Archaeological Sites. Particularly beautiful at night, the monuments are bathed in a golden floodlight.

Athens is an art lover’s paradise with several world renowned museums and galleries exhibiting impressive collections of ancient Greek artefacts. The National Archaeological Museum, is perfect for brushing up on ancient Greek history or explore The New Acropolis Museum for an in depth look at the findings from the rock of Acropolis. 

Tourists and locals alike flock to Plaka, a town of unrivalled charm. Follow the winding pathways and discover delicious authentic Greek restaurants, 19th century neoclassical architecture and boutique stores.

Don’t forget to visit the Temple of Poseidon, built to worship the God of the Sea during 5th Century BC. Only 15 of the original 34 marble columns remain but the trip is well worth it for truly breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.

Due to its hilly location, there are several vantage points for you to take the perfect postcard picture. Ride the funicular to the top of Lycabettus Hill for the best views of the city below or the more adventurous can trek the wooded footpath.

With flights available from Leeds Bradford® what’s stopping you from discovering ancient Greece?

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