Self-Guided Walking Tours to Explore Athens, Greece

Athens is one of the oldest European cities and is widely considered as the birthplace of Western Civilization. The city begins its history in the Neolithic period between fourth and third millennium BC. The first settlement of Athens was situated on the rock of Acropolis which means “high city” in Greek.

According to Greek mythology, the city's name came from a competition between the goddess of wisdom, Athena, and the god of sea, Poseidon. Both wanted to become the patron of the beautiful city. As the god of the sea, Poseidon called on his power to create a massive, foamy stream for the people of the city. Initially, they were excited to be given such a practical gift. However, as they approached the water, they realized that it was actually seawater, which made it unfit for human consumption. Athena decided to give the people of the city the gift of the olive tree. A highly practical choice, the olive tree provided the people with sustenance, fuel, and wood to create shelter. So, in the end, the residents choose Athena as their patron and named the city after her.

The period of fifth and fourth century BC marked the zenith of Athens as a center of literature, philosophy and arts in Europe. Some of the most important cultural and intellectual figures in western civilization lived in Athens during this period. The names include the dramatists Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Euripides and Sophocles, the philosophers Aristotle, Plato and Socrates, the historians Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon, the poet Simonides, and the sculptor Phidias.

The city experienced periods of decline after the Roman Empire's fall. By early nineteenth century, the population of this once great city has dropped to below 5,000. The period of rebirth started in 1832 under King Otto who re-established Athens as the capital of Greece. Athens experienced significant growth after World War II as people migrated from villages and islands to find work. Greece's entry into the European Union brought further growth.

Self Guided Walking Tours in Athens. The self guided walks included below guide you to explore the birthplace of Western Civilization and discover some of the city's many archaeological gems, traditional Greek food, nightlife, shopping and recreational venues.

How it works: Download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. Each walk comes with a detailed tour map as well as photos and background information for the featured attractions. The app's navigation functions guide you from one attraction to the next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.


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City Orientation Walk

Sightseeing Walk: City Orientation Walk

Plaka Attractions Walking Tour

Sightseeing Walk: Plaka Attractions Walking Tour

Exarcheia Walk

Sightseeing Walk: Exarcheia Walk

Athens Food Walk

Sightseeing Walk: Athens Food Walk

Night spots in Athens

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Athens City Guide

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Museums in Athens

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Shopping in Athens

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Kypseli Nightlife

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Eating in Kypseli

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How to Say It

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Athens Beaches

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The Coast of Athens

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Athinas Street

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Athens After Dinner

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Athens Travel Guide

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