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Flying To Athens With American Airlines

Let American Airlines help you find flights to Athens so you can explore this richly historical destination in Greece. With the significant role this city has played in shaping the world's development, there is an incredible array of things to do in Athens. Plan a visit here and discover it all, from the Acropolis to Hadrian's Arch.

Things to Do in Athens

Of all the activities in Athens, plan to begin your tour in what's known as the Archaeological Park, where many of the city's ancient sites have been reconstructed. Here you'll find Hadrian's Arch, which dates to 131 AD and is the symbolic entrance to ancient Athens. It's located near the Temple of Olympian Zeus, construction of which was begun in the 6th century BC but not completed until the rule of Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century BC. Today the ruins of this colossal temple let you envision the grandeur it once conveyed.

Continuing on our list of things to do in Athens is a visit the Theatre of Dionysos, dating to the 5th century BC, where many works of Euripedes, Sophocles and Aristophanes were once performed. Nearby are the ruins of the Stoa of Eumenes, dating to the 2nd century BC and built primarily as an ancient promenade, featuring both Ionic and Doric columns. Walk a little farther and you'll soon arrive at the rock of the Acropolis, where more than 20 major archaeological remains exist. The best known of these is the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Construction began in 447 BC and it features what many consider to be the finest example of Doric architecture (although the Temple of Hephaestus is the most complete surviving example). The Acropolis Museum, an impressive contemporary architectural feat in its own right, houses thousands of exhibits. Plan to spend time here viewing priceless artifacts from all the monuments and temples of the Acropolis. A few items you won't want to miss here include the head of Alexander the Great by Leocharis (339 BC) and friezes from the Parthenon (444 to 432 BC).

To be sure, the immensely rich history of this city is its primary draw. But don't forget to visit Ermou Street, where you'll find local shops packed with finds. And, of course, you can't leave here without sampling authentic Greek food. It's one of our favorite things to do in Athens! You'll find dining establishments all over the city, from inexpensive eateries to fine dining. If a trip to Greece sounds appealing to you, American Airlines can help you fly to Athens to experience it all. Browse our flights and start planning your trip today.

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