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Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece, dominates the Attica periphery; as one of the world's oldest cities, its recorded history spans around 3,400 years.
The Greek capital has a population of 745,513 (in 2001) within its administrative limits and a land area of 39 km2 (15 sq mi). The urban area of Athens extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of 3,130,841 (in 2001) and a land area of 412 km2 (159 sq mi). According to Eurostat, the Athens Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) is the 8th most populous LUZ in the European Union (the 4th most populous capital city of the EU) with a population of 4,013,368 (in 2004).

A bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece and it is rated as an alpha- world city. It is rapidly becoming a leading business centre in the European Union. In 2008, Athens was ranked the world's 32nd richest city by purchasing power and the 25th most expensive in a UBS study.

Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the then known European continent.

The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, widely considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains a vast variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of remaining Ottoman monuments projecting the city's long history across the centuries. Landmarks of the modern era are also present, dating back to 1830 (the establishment of the independent Greek state), and taking in the Hellenic Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy consisting of the National Library of Greece, the Athens University and the Academy of Athens. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics.

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Athens is the city of ancient mythological and forward thinking philosophers, despite being a modern hub for business and transport. During the classical period, it was the birthplace of many famous writers and undeniably the area where democracy was first invented. Over thousands of years, it has risen and fallen to now become a top destination in the world for tourism and city breaks.

Historical sites of Athens
The Acropolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of significant importance. It has influenced architecture and buildings styles for hundreds of years. The ancient citadel, estimated to date from the 5th century BC has served a number of purposes for different civilizations over history. There are many structures to see but one of the most famous is the Parthenon that was dedicated to the goddess Athena.

To the northwest of the acropolis stands the Agora, a classic piece of Greek architecture. Dating from the 6th century, it was the centre of social gathering and political discussions. Excavations have been on-going since 1931 providing visitors with some marvellous insight into daily life of ancient Greece.

The National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important in the world. Dedicated to ancient Greek art, it displays many permanent and temporary exhibitions. Houses in a neoclassical building, it has been open to the public since the 19th century.

Syntagma Square was at its most prominent use during the 19th century. It is also the hub of the transport network although it is in close proximity to other attractions within the city. Every hour, the changing of the guard takes place in front of the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. While exploring, keep an eye out for small churches because many of them date from hundreds of years ago.

Plaka is the name of the old neighbourhood of Athens and the location of a number of museums. As one of the top destinations for tourists, the narrow streets and souvenir shops make for interesting exploration. Adrianou has been proven to be the oldest street in the whole of Athens.

Dedicated in ancient mythology to the god of the seas, the Temple of Poseidon is located 69 kilometres from Athens but can easily be reached in one day using car hire. Located at Cape Souniion, the area was mentioned in the poem called Odyssey by Homer. Surprisingly, the name of the poet Lord Byron is carved into one of the temples columns.

Get around Athens
Car hire is a great way to see Athens and surrounding areas. A road trip can be great fun for solo travellers, couples, families, or groups of friends. Source cheap deals and good prices from all car hire suppliers in Athens.

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We got email and telephone help with our first Udrive booking last year, so we were confident to use the easy online booking system this year. We got our email confirmation immediately, and the booking voucher on full payment. The voucher was clear and detailed and we had no trouble finding the rental desk in Athens. 

The car was lovely, we even got an upgrade. It was clean, and unlike others we have had in Greece, it did not smell of cigarette smoke. Will be booking through Udrive again. 

Lisa, Newcastle, NSW