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Why go to Athens

Gritty yet graceful, Athens is a surprise package. Most arrive expecting the ancient world and find a city looking forwards. A place where pop-up galleries rub against ruins, rooftop bars complement traditional tavernas and a modern street food scene rivals old-favourite souvlaki – today, a holiday in Athens is just as much about what’s happening as what has happened.

Of course, in a city with over 3,000 years of history, the past is unavoidable. Whether you’re gazing up at the iconic Acropolis, or taking in colourful centuries-old frescoes in a Byzantine church, Athens’ legendary story is everywhere. And that’s all before you’ve even visited its world-famous museums, filled with everything from ancient artefacts to contemporary art.

These days, though, some of Athens’ best art isn’t in its museums – it’s on its walls, street signs, and park benches. The city’s street art scene has exploded in the last decade, covering Athens in spectacular murals, intricate tags and politically charged graffiti. For an insight into modern Athens, take a guided tour of its street art.

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