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Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, as its well-studied history spans around 3,400 years. Today a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. Athens can be reached by plane from all the capitals and major cities of Europe, and from New York , Tel Aviv, Instanbul, and many other international destinations. The Greek airports offer daily flights as well. All the major cities of Greece and the Balkan countries are linked with Athens by train. The islands of the Agean, Dodecanese and Crete have regular boat trips available, and you can use Hydrofoils from Poros, Aegina, and Hydra.
Ancient Athens was a powerful city-state and a center of learning, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum. It is considered to have been the cradle of Western civilization largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 4th and 5th centuries BC on the then known European Continent. This heritage is still evident in the city, portrayed through a number of spectacular ancient monuments and artworks, the most famous of all being the Parthenon on the Acropolis.
Athens is full of possibilities for all tastes and cultures. It features a large number of open-air garden cinemas, theatrical stages, live music, traditional restaurants, flea markets, a picturesque pedestrian road, this is a city to visit.