Athens is the capital and the largest city of Greece. Is one of the oldest cities in the world with the recorded history with up to 3,200 BC. Modern Athens is the center of economic, financial, industrial,political and cultural life in Greece. In 2012 Athens is ranked as the 39th richest city in the world in terms of purchasing power an the 77th lost expensive in a UBS study.  Athens and Piraeus are the two major urban center of Attica. Athens are two UNESCO World Heritage of UNESCO, the Acropolis and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Attractions in the modern era, dating from the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, include the Hellenic Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy consisting of the National Library, the University and the Academy. Athens hosted the first  modern Olympics in 1896 and 108 years later, welcomed their return to the Summer Olympics in 2004. In Athens, the National Archaeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection  of ancient Greek antiquities, and the new Acropolis Museum.

In the shadow of the sacred rock of the Acropolis is probably the oldest district of Europe, Plaka. The magnificence of its history is deeply etched in the glorious, ancient ruins, the Byzantine churches and the majestic, restored neoclassical our time. With a history of over 3500 years, welcomes you in the narrow alleys and reveals its secrets only if you are also willing to be discovered. Today, Plaka is one of the districts, and perhaps the only, which although in the heart of Athens is not accessible by car.  
This probably played a key role in  maintaining and picturesque neighborhood atmosphere in the region. Although without cars, Plaka is full of life, as the day filled the numerous restaurants, colorful  shops and the sights and the night of quiet bars. The cobblestone streets, the whitewashed stairs and the narrow streets of the walk, each year, millions of tourists from around the world. 

One of the most characteristic areas of the "old" Athens, with narrow, irregular streets and small buildings, reminiscent of Ottoman and partly Byzantine structure of the city. In the stalls of street vendors or small shops, located in the main streets (Hadrian 
Pandrosou, Hephaestus Thission, St. Philip, Astingos and Ermou) one can find and buy everything from shoes, clothes, old and new furniture up old books and magazines, souvenirs, jewelry, hats, bronze items, new and used records and CDs and Greek traditional musical instruments (bouzouki, Toumperleki etc.). Purchases or walk in Monastiraki is an experience you will not want to miss. You will be amazed by the variety and quality of things sold in this busy market and will surely be tempted to buy something.
Thission a small settlement which is found south west of Monastiraki. It is close to the center of Athens, famous for the plethora of trendy cafes and bars. Most of the Athenians are in love with this area due to its close proximity to Plaka and the traditional neighborhoods of Athens. From every part of Thissio you are promised to enjoy an amazing view to the Acropolis. Thission is actually nestled between Phillipapou Hill and the Acropolis and you don't have to walk far to find pine trees and grass as well as spectacular views of the city including some of the best views of the Acropolis itself. There are miles of trails and no reason for you to have to see an automoble all day long if you don't want to. If you wander around you will find yourself on Pnyx Hill which is considered the birthplace of Democracy because there is a flat area overlooking the Acropolis where the Athenians gathered to debate and govern the city-state of Athens. On the same hill, well actually between it and Phillipappos Hill, is the small Church of Saint Dimitrios the Bombardier. When you are in Thission be sure to visit the Herakleidon Museum of Art one of the most interesting gallery-museums in Athens. This museum founded by Mr. Paul Firos and his wife Anna-Belinda, collectors and art lovers, is in a beautiful old building, built in 1898, that hosts a permanent exhibition as well as exhibitions of work by Greek and foreign artists. The museum also hosts other events, such as musical performances, literary events, book presentations, scientific and other seminars, corporate presentations, conferences, and lectures beyond those pertaining to the visual arts.