With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess. Cultural and social life plays out amid, around and in ancient landmarks. The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, reminds Greeks daily of their heritage and the city’s many transformations.
Although Athenians have endured difficult circumstances since the start of the economic crisis in 2009, the city is undoubtedly on the rise as a global tourism attraction. This creates a lively urban bustle, with Athenians building their own ‘villages’ in the city, especially in open-air restaurants and bars where they linger for hours, while few kilometres outside Athens, the urban landscape gives way to a unique seaside resort. This gorgeous stretch of coastline with its green-blue water, organised beaches and rocky coves is teeming with five-star resorts, spas, esplanades, marinas, windsurfing and sailing. Combined with the ideal climate, the Athens Riviera makes you feel as if you’re on an endless summer holiday.