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Athens Virtual Tour and Travel Guide by Ed Prifogle

Featured Link:
Athens 2004 Olympics Site
The Virtual Tour is best viewed using DSL or Cable Broadband. To view the virtual tour download the following:

  1. Quicktime
  2. FLASH
  3. IPIX
  4. Real Player
  5. Windows Media Player
VIRTUAL TOUR

Learn a few Greek Expressions

View these hundreds of panoramic views of Greek Antiquties

Take a virtual walk using this Athens Interactive Map

View this movie by the Intrepid Berkeley Explorer. Requires Windows Media Player, Version 9.0 plus cable/DSL modem.

See these Travelago Video Clips.

Watch the PBS program, Greece, the Crucible of Civilization

See this Travelocity  video clip about a week in Athens.

See the current Athens weather Report

Read what visitors say about Athens

Read this wonderful Athens article about  the 2004 Olympics by National Geographic
CITY DESCRIPTION

acropolisAthens is the "cradle of democracy". For an introduction to Athens, look at the following link. See this site for a review of the major archealogical resources.    Athens (Ath’na) has been inhabited continuously for over 7000 years. The roots of our western civilization started here. Visit these Greek World Heritage sites to see the infuence ancient Greek culture has had on our modern society.

Today, there are over 5,000,000 inhabitants. The best time to visit is in the spring. Like Paris, most of the Athenians leave the city in the summer and over 50% of the summer residents are tourists. It is an exhausting but always stimulating mix of metropolis and backwater, whose population has soared in recent decades.

Though not a graceful city, its hectic modernity is tempered with an air of intimacy and homeliness; as any Greek will tell you, Athens is merely the country's largest village. For visitors, Athens' stunning highlights comprise the vestiges of the ancient, Classical Greek city, most famously represented by the Acropolis and its surrounding archeological sites, while the National Archeological Museum contains the finest collection of Greek antiquities in the world. Even on a brief visit, however, it's a shame to see Athens purely as the location of ancient sites and museums. Although the neighborhoods may lack style and monuments, they repay at least some exploration.

The old nineteenth-century quarter of Plaka, in particular, is a delight, with its mix of Turkish and Greek-island architecture, and an array of odd little museums devoted to traditional arts, ceramics and music. Further north, the bazaar area around Athens and Elou exudes an almost Middle Eastern atmosphere, while the National Gardens, elegant Kolonki and the hill of Lykavits offer respite from the maelstrom. Further afield, but still well within the limits of Greater Athens, are the monasteries of Kessariani and Dhafn, the latter with Byzantine mosaics the equal of any in Greece.

TRAVEL GUIDE LINKS


  1. AIRLINES
  2. AIRPORTS
  3. AMUSEMENT PARKS
  4. ATM LOCATIONS
  5. AUTO RENTAL
  6. BOATS/CRUISES
  7. CITY GUIDE
  8. CITY SEARCH
  9. CLASSIFIEDS
  10. CURRENCY EXCHANGE
  11. CUSTOMS
  12. CYBER CAFES
  13. DINING
  14. DISCOUNTS
  15. DRIVING/ SIGNS
  16. EMERGENCY
  17. ENTERTAINMENT
  18. EVENTS
  19. FAST FACTS
  20. FOOD MARKETS
  21. FROMMERS
  22. HOSTELS
  23. HOTELS
  24. LIMO RENTAL
  25. MAPS
  26. MEDICAL RESOURCES
  27. MONUMENTS/PARKS
  28. MUSEUMS
  29. NEWSPAPERS
  30. NIGHTLIFE
  31. OFFICIAL CITY SITE
  32. PHONE NUMBERS
  33. PHOTOS
  34. POLICE
  35. SHOPPING
  36. SPAS/MASSAGE
  37. SPORTS/OLYMPICS
  38. TAXIS
  39. TOURS
  40. TOURIST BUREAU
  41. TRANS/PUBLIC
  42. TRAVEL MAGAZINE
  43. US CONSULATE
  44. VIRTUAL TOUR
  45. WEATHER
  46. WEB CAMS
  47. ZOOS
  48. ASSOCIATED LINKS
  49. GREECE TRAIN SCHEDULES
  50. GREECE TOUR GUIDE
  51. ISLAND OF CRETE GUIDE
  52. GREEK FERRIES
  53. GREEK AIRPORTS
  54. MILITARY TRAVELERS