In January I was in Athens to celebrate the birthday of my girlfriend. Athens is a great city for both culture and food. We took a downtown hotel, near the parliament and we were close to both the hill of the Acropolis and Lycabettus (the highest mountain in Athens).
We went to the Acropolis passing through the homonymous museum. At the base of the mountain is the theater “Irodou Attikou”. It seems that theater is still used for performances and live shows.
On top of the mountain of the Acropolis, is the Parthenon (the temple of Athena). It is accessible via a staircase leading to the main entrance, through which you can immediately see the Parthenon and “The Porch of the Caryatids”. From the top of the mountain you can enjoy an exceptional view of Athens city and Mount Lycabettus. You should go to Mount Lycabettus in the late afternoon to see the Acropolis at sunset.
The Parthenon is beautiful. It’s a pity that it has been demolished by various wars (I suggest you to head to the Acropolis Museum where you can see some recovered remains and a documentary about its history).
The next photos I took on the way back to the hotel. After a “long” walk to the “Plaka” (the oldest area of the city with a myriad of shops for tourists), through Syntagma square, we came across a protest rally in front of the parliament.