Location: Attica Region
Accessibility: By flying directly to Athens International Airport
Size: 412 km2 (urban area)
Accessibility: By plane from all major airports
Athens is bubbling with a thriving culinary scene, unique retail options and, a bevy of cultural offerings. At its heart, the sight of the Parthenon salutes you and the wide pedestrian sidewalks below call for strolling. Heading northeast, you will twist around the winding streets of Plaka. The neighborhoods surrounding the historic center of Athens (Koukaki, Pagkrati, Kolonaki, Thisseion, Petralona and Kerameikos) have their own unique vibe and an array of indie bakeries, herb shops, cafés, galleries and small shops. Oh, and did we mention the water sports at the beaches of the Athenian Riviera or the lakes and hills all accessible by public transportation or a short car ride from pretty much anywhere?