Port Spotlight: Athens, Greece

[caption id="attachment_16115" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Acropolis in Athens. Photo courtesy of UNESCO and F. Bandarin.




Star Clipper calls at Athens, Greece, this Saturday, Oct. 18. The ship currently is enjoying it's final Greece & Turkey sailing of the season before it begins the journey to the Caribbean for the winter. But it's never too early to book your summer holiday for next year. Many of the sailings begin and end at Athens, so read on to see why this port is a fabulous addition to any itinerary.



The second you step off of the ship you will instantly become immersed in over 2,500 years of epic history and architecture. A fascinating juxtaposition between the old and the new, Athens has become urbanized while still preserving its centuries-old architecture.



The magnificent times of the Greek Classical Age come to life as you traverse the city of The Acropolis, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Housing the largest temple of Acropolis, the great Parthenon looms above in all its glory, just as it did in 438 B.C.







Besides offering one of the most incredible views of Athens, The Acropolis also boasts The Temple of Athena Nike, the first temple of the city built in Ionic style.



Just north of The Acropolis you will find Plaka, a quaint historical village where you can take a pleasant stroll while viewing restored Neoclassical homes among scenic ruins that showcase more of Athens’ legendary history.



If you are looking to do a little retail damage, the district of Kolonaki should be your next stop. Home to many foreign embassies and Athens’ wealthiest citizens, Kolonaki features the city’s poshest boutiques and restaurants.



These are just but a few of Athens' highlights. Join us to discover all of the wonders of the ancient city.

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