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Stroll through jaw-dropping ancient sites by day and drink alfresco in some of Europe’s coolest bars by night – Greece may well be most famous for its islands, but its capital sure knows how to show you a good time.

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It’s tempting to spend your entire trip to this city just eating and drinking: whether you’re sipping a strong Greek coffee in a charming café, tucking into souvlaki or devouring a tasting menu, every refreshment and meal here is one to remember. And that’s before you hit the bars – from pavement side beers to rooftop cocktails, there are hundreds to choose from.

Sightseeing should also be at the top of your agenda: gaze up at the marble columns of the ancient Acropolis, take in the history at the nearby museum and see the Panathenaic Stadium, site of the original Olympic games. Then rummage for antiques at the local flea market or stock up on beauty products from innovative Greek businesses, before hitting the Athens Riviera to soak up some rays. It might all seem like ancient Greek when you arrive – but you certainly won't want to leave in a hurry

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