History and archaeology lovers will certainly appreciate and enjoy the many ancient monuments and historical sites of Athens. All those visiting Athens though are impressed and by the beauty and harmony of ancient architecture, the atmosphere, the variety of things to see. Plan your itinerary on foot, or if you prefer bicycle, follow a guided tour of the city or make your own way with the help of a map. Athenians will be only too happy to help you find your way should you get lost. Leave more time for a visit to the Acropolis which is one of the most celebrated ancient monuments in the world, the continue walking through Plaka and visit the picturesque Anafiotika neighborhood, built in the 19th century. The Ancient Agora is on your way, with the famous Attalus stoa, frequented daily by the ancient Athenians. Visit the Monastiraki Flea Market and discover quaint treasures in the antique shops, memorabilia and great bargains. Hadrian's Arch on busy Amalias Avenue is one of the most impressive monuments in Athens, built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. The National Gardens, with the many different corners to discover, are ideal for a peaceful walk after sightseeing. For the best panoramic view of Athens, take the funicular up to Lycabettus hill. Further away visit the busy harbor of Piraeus with fish taverns, cafes and interesting shopping. In the center of Athens dont miss the Changing of the Guard outside the Parliament. For an unforgettable sunset the temple of Poseidon at Sounion is by far the best place.
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