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Overview Athens, referred to as Glorious City, is the capital and largest city of Greece. It is one of the world's oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. Considered as the cradle of Western civilization. Athens is also known as the birthplace of democracy. 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. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Athens is the locale of the National Archeological Museum which has the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, as well as the new Acropolis Museum
Population 655,780 (2011 census)
Airport Athens is served by the state-of-the-art Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (AIA) located near the town of Spata, in the eastern Messoghia plain, some 35 km (22 mi) east of Athens. It makes approximately total flights of 562 per day.
Climate According to Köppen Csa, Athens has a subtropical Mediterranean climate and its dominant feature of is alternation between prolonged warm and dry summers and mild, wet winters. With an average of 414.1 millimetres (16.30 in) of yearly precipitation, rainfall occurs largely between the months of October and April. July and August are the driest months, where thunderstorms occur sparsely once or twice a month. Winters are cool and rainy, with a January average of 8.9 °C (48.0 °F). Snowstorms are infrequent but can cause significant disruption when they occur.
Best Season The best time to visit is late April to mid-June before summer arrives in force with hordes of tourists, higher prices, overbooked facilities, and strained services. September to mid-October is another time to avoid the crowds and yet enjoy comfortable weather.
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To avoid Avoid traveling in July and August (especially around Aug 15). The crowds from Europe overwhelm facilities.
Pros Modern Athens, today, is a cosmopolitan metropolis, central point to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. It is rated as an Alpha world city and was ranked the world's 32nd richest city by purchasing power. Athens has become the hub of all mercantile business, export and import. With Piraeus, it is the most important manufacturing city in Greece. Athens accounts for half of the jobs in industry and handicrafts, and earnings are much higher than the national average. There are cloth and cotton mills, distilleries, breweries, potteries, flour mills, soap factories, tanneries, chemical works, and carpet factories. Exports include olive oil, tomato products, wine, cement, bauxite, and textile manufactures. Publishing enterprises are important
Cons Athens has a big problem with traffic jams and pollution, especially the smog. Problem of safety - There are places you do not want to be alone at night because of security risk. It is also one of the most expensive cities in the world. Its economy also faces significant problems, including rapidly rising unemployment levels, an inefficient public sector bureaucracy, tax evasion, corruption and low global competitiveness.
Tips Traveling on a budget needs careful planning especially on the part of accommodation. In Athens, there is the area Omonia Square which includes the Larissa Train Station, Metaxourgio and Kariaskaki Squares and the Central Market neighborhood which contains a number of economy hotels, as well as, some pretty decent hotels offer cheap rates.
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