Athens, the capital of Greece, is one of the world's oldest cities having been inhabited for more than 7000 years. Famous for its history, this city is nowadays home to just over 3.2 million people.
The city of Athens is famous for its places of historical importance and ancient ruins. It is also well-known for playing host to the first modern Olympic Games which took place in 1896.
Trading was very important in ancient Greece and gave inhabitants the opportunity to export their wine, olives and pottery to the rest of the world. In the 1930s a successful dairy industry had developed. Today big industries of the area include food, the production of tobacco and textiles. Tourism plays a large part too, as travellers flock to the city to discover its rich history.
Athens International Airport serves the city and its surrounding area. The city also has its own electric rail and commuter train service, as well as regular buses and trams. The two main motorways of Greece both begin in Athens. The A1/E75 travels north towards the next largest city after Greece, Thessaloniki, while the A8/E94 travels west.
The city has a full programme of festivals running through the year. The Feast of the Flowers which occurs in May sees families travel to parks to pick flowers and have picnics. Stages are set up all over Athens for European Music Day in June, where various artists and bands play a range of different styles of music.
Athens is rich in sporting history, including The Panathenaic Stadium which hosted the first modern Olympic Games. Popular sports include football and basketball, and the city even hosts its own marathon.
August is the hottest and driest month of the year with average daily maximum temperatures of 34 °C and an average rainfall of 3mm.Athens' many attractions include the National Archaeological Museum displaying historical pieces, the National Garden of Athens with its beautiful plants and flowers, and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens where you can admire the architecture.
Last updated: 14 March 2014