Athens is a sprawling capital city known for its Greek charm. High and steady in its center is the Acropolis, where tourists flock to see ancient sites like the Parthenon. The Acropolis is also the pride of Greece, as it is direct evidence of the city’s history as the birthplace of democracy. As you discover Athens, you can’t help but notice contrast. Historic buildings sit next to modern apartments, while glitzy clubbing districts and traditional taverns share space with some of the world's most important archaeological monuments. And while Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, it’s just a short drive from the clean, pristine beaches on the Athenian Riviera.