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Athens is considered the cradle of Western civilization, the birthplace of today's concept of democracy and where the foundations were laid of literary, philosophical and scientific in the Mediterranean. Already inhabited in the Neolithic period, the city reached its peak in the Classical Age, around the fifth century BC. After a period of decline under the Ottoman rule, Athens regained its importance with the independence of the Hellenic Republic, which became the capital. Athens is served from 2001 to the International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos", boosted in Olympic Games in 2004, which is about 30 km. from the city center; RentalUp offers the possibility to rent a car at the airport of Athens to move more easily to discover the Hellenic capital.
Athens, immersion in the history
Hiring a car in Athens allows you to easily reach the most famous point of the city: the acropolis. This plateau is home to an incredible number of ancient monuments, and for this reason it is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1987. Among the monuments of the Acropolis stands the Parthenon, whose construction was begun by Pericles in the fifth century BC, and the result was that the ancient Greeks considered it the best Doric temple ever built. The Parthenon housed some of the works of the famous sculptor Phidias, including a statue of the goddess Athena taller than 10 meters. The exterior was decorated with large marble works, including the towering gables, now housed mostly in the British Museum and the Louvre, but also to the Acropolis Museum in Athens. For lovers of ancient art, do not miss the National Museum of Archaeology, one of the most imprtanti the world and undoubtedly the richest with regard to Hellenic art. Sports lovers can not however forget that Athens is also the home of the Olympic Games, held here in fact in ancient races in honor of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium in 1896 (restored and still in use) hosted the first modern Olympics.
Relax and have fun in Athens
Leaving the stadium you can relax in the National Gardens, an area of about 15 hectares that can take long walks between trees, lakes and, of course, ruins of ancient Greek monuments.
If you want to do some shopping, the perfect is the district of Monastiraki, which has a popular market where you can find any kind of merchandise, and equally characteristic and interesting area of Plaka, with its Byzantine palaces, street artists , small shops and typical restaurants where you can taste the specialties of Greek cuisine, such as rice rolls or meat (dolmades) served by the tzatziki sauce or, if you want a more substantial meal, the Gyros, is perfect,meat dishes like kebab, from also be served as a filling of a Pita (a kind of flat bread). The evening can be continued in one of the many clubs open until the morning l '"Island", the "Balthazar" and "Frame Bar" to listen to live local DJs, the "Galaxy" and "Apsendi" for those seeking a more sophisticated look. In conclusion, although Athens has a subway, renovated for the 2004 Olympics, it is desirable to take a rental car and explore fully the Hellenistic city, being able to move throughout Greece, even on the coast in comfort.