Athens, the home of Sophocles, Socrates, Euripides and Plato was already important by 1500 B.C., but reached its political and cultural peak in the fifth century B.C., when the Acropolis was built. It became a major centre of art, drama, philosophy and architecture and we can get an idea about this by visiting the archeological sites and museums of the city.
Athens is a big, modern city on the SW side of the Attica peninsula and lies on a plain near the Saronic Gulf, with mountains to the East, North and West. Today Athens still is the administrative, political, cultural , industrial and economic centre of Greece, yet tourism is an important source of income.
It is not only known for its antiquities, but also for the cosmopolitan beaches, luxurious hotels and frenzied nightlife. However, most visitors come here as a stop-over on their way to the islands.
The city is now preparing for the Olypics that will take place in 2004, so there are many works under construction. Don't forget to pay a visit to the old part of the city, Plaka, which is situated right underneath the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis, and do your shopping at the flea-market of Monastiraki nearby (where you can find antiques at bargain prices), or at the fashionable shops in Kolonaki, only a few minutes' walk away.
Then, you can board your yacht at the marina of Alimos, near the National Airport. The marina offers all the amenities that guarantee an easy and relaxing start for your sailing trip, such as fuel, water and vendors for the last-minute supplies. It even shelters a fashionable cafe-restaurant for a drink or a quick snack before the departure.