As the largest city in Greece, Athens is the capital and has touches of charm and tradition. The city’s culture is vibrant with dozens of art galleries, markets, museums and theaters. The city also has plenty of modern, fast-paced activities such as clubs, sports venues and metropolitan cafes. Even with a large population of 4 million people, Athens has a small-town feel with cozy neighborhoods and warm Mediterranean air. Visitors and residents can enjoy traditional Greek food and customs in a city that continues to grow.
- German, English and French are all spoken in Athens.
- Many famous philosophers and writers were born in Athens, such as Socrates, Sophocles and more.
- There are more than 148 theatrical stages in Athens.
- Athens hosted the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896 and also held the Summer Olympics in 2004.
- Athens has Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as monuments from the classical era such as the Acropolis.
- Athena was the patron of the city, and Athens was named after her. The Parthenon was a temple to Athena and was finished in 432 BC.