- 1 What mountains surround Athens?
- 2 How far is Mt Olympus from Athens?
- 3 What is the geography of Athens like?
- 4 What is Athens Greece famous for?
- 5 Is Athens older than Rome?
- 6 What is the highest hill in Athens?
- 7 Did all the Greek gods live on Mount Olympus?
- 8 Can you hike Mount Olympus in a day?
- 9 Can you drive up Mount Olympus?
- 10 What is the best area to stay in Athens Greece?
- 11 What are some characteristics of Athens?
- 12 How did geography affect Athens?
- 13 Is Athens dangerous?
- 14 What should I not miss in Athens?
- 15 What should I buy in Athens Greece?
What mountains surround Athens?
Athens sprawls across the central plain of Attica that is often referred to as the Athens Basin or the Attica Basin (Greek: Λεκανοπέδιο Αθηνών/Αττικής). The basin is bounded by four large mountains: Mount Aigaleo to the west, Mount Parnitha to the north, Mount Pentelicus to the northeast and Mount Hymettus to the east.
How far is Mt Olympus from Athens?
Mt. Mount Olympus is located in the north of Greece on the borders of Thessaly and Macedonia, between the districts Larissa and Pieria. The average distance from Thessaloniki to Mount Olympus is 90 kilometers (56 mi), while the distance from Athens to Mount Olympus is 420 kilometers (261 mi).
What is the geography of Athens like?
Athens has a typical Meditteranean climate, which means hot and dry summers and mild winters. It rarely snows (usually every 3-4 years) and some rainfalls may occur in autumn. The coasts of Attica peninsula form nice coves to swim.
What is Athens Greece famous for?
Athens was the largest and most influential of the Greek city-states. It had many fine buildings and was named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warfare. The Athenians invented democracy, a new type of government where every citizen could vote on important issues, such as whether or not to declare war.
Is Athens older than Rome?
Athens, of course, is older than Rome, and was considered a big city in its times, but once again nothing compared with ancient Rome, with its 1,7 millions of inhabitants, 45,000+ private buildings, some of them 8-story high, and an extension of 95 square kilometers. The town itslef is much, much younger than Rome.
What is the highest hill in Athens?
With a height of 277 meters (745 ft), Lycabettus is the tallest hill in the capital, offering a panoramic view of almost the entire city. The view from the top awakens emotions and provides unforgettable moments. The city of Athens stretches for miles in a wide mesa surrounded by high mountains and the sea.
Did all the Greek gods live on Mount Olympus?
All 12 Olympian gods resided at Mount Olympus: Zeus and his wife Hera, Athena, Poseidon, Artemis, Apollo, Demeter, Hester, Aphrodite, Hermes, Hephaestus and Ares. Since Hades resided in the underworld, he was not considered an Olympian god and did not visit the great mount often.
Can you hike Mount Olympus in a day?
“Climbing Mount Olympus is not that difficult. It is estimated that 10,000 people climb Mount Olympus each year. The European E4 hiking path also crosses the Olympus national park. It will take you two relaxed days, although you can do it in just one, if you depart early in the morning.
Can you drive up Mount Olympus?
Getting to the trailhead of Mount Olympus includes a 17km drive up the winding mountains north of the Greek town of Litochoro. Once at the trailhead, begin the steady ascent up the Prionia trail. There are three official routes up Mount Olympus, but Prionia is the most traveled and easiest route to the top.
What is the best area to stay in Athens Greece?
As most large cities, Athens has safe and less safe zones. Of the two central squares, we recommend staying in Syntagma Square. The second one, Omonia Square, although being the oldest square of Athens and very popular among tourists and bloggers, is the place we would recommend against staying in.
What are some characteristics of Athens?
Athens was the largest and most powerful Greek state. It was a city with lots of beautiful public buildings, shops and public baths. The people of Athens lived below the Acropolis (rocky hill). The marble Parthenon, a temple, (see picture above) was built on the highest part of the Acropolis.
How did geography affect Athens?
Geography; How did it affect the rise of Athens? Due to the mountains in Greece all these city-states were split up and therefore they all had different practices and cultures. Athens became a center for financial business–loans and investment, etc. Athens was also enriched by large silver mines in its territory.
Is Athens dangerous?
Athens is considered a very safe city, even for solo female travelers. The crime rate is very low and as long as you take normal precautions, you will feel safe here. Most visits are trouble-free, but the theft of passports and wallets are common on the metro and in crowded tourist sights.
What should I not miss in Athens?
Best things to do in Athens
- The Acropolis. What is it?
- The National Gardens. What is it?
- Museum of Cycladic Art. What is it?
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) What is it?
- Monastiraki Neighbourhood. What is it?
- Varvakios Agora. What is it?
- Lycabettus Hill. What is it?
- Plaka Neighbourhood. What is it?
What should I buy in Athens Greece?
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- Demitasse Cup Sets.
- Worry Beads (Komboloi)
- Flokati Rugs.
- Tavli ( Greek Backgammon)
- Olive Oil Soap and Beauty Products.
- Evil Eye (Mati) and Local Jewellery.
- Greek Coffee.
- Greek Tea.