Named after the goddess Athena and home to classic philosophers including Socrates and Plato, this captivating city is fiercely proud of its heritage and is committed to preserving its many cultural treasures. The magnificent ancient Acropolis is visible from almost every part of the city, crowned by the elegant columns of the Parthenon. In the shadow of the Acropolis lies the city’s oldest neighbourhood, the Plaka, where labyrinthine streets are bursting with market stalls. Head to Kolonaki and ascend Lycabettus Hill, the city’s highest point, for panoramic views over Athens and the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus and Kalimarmaro Stadium, and immerse yourself in ancient tradition and enjoy a concert or classical Greek tragedy under the stars at Herodes Atticus Theatre – an ancient open-air Roman theatre with superb acoustics. Athens has a thriving café culture and vibrant restaurant scene, with lots of charming tavernas serving up the likes of grilled swordfish, souvlaki, calamari and stuffed vine leaves. In true European style, Athenians tend to eat later in the evening and can often be found chatting over a strong coffee in the early hours. Dining al fresco with the illuminated Acropolis before you is an unforgettable experience. Around an hour’s drive from Athens, the iconic Temple of Poseidon stands 60 metres above sea level on the rugged peninsula of Cape Sounio, where the Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort has sunset views of the temple.