Athens

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Athens — Athens, the “cradle of Western civilization,” is home to more than one in four Greeks, making it exciting, vibrant, overcrowded, and chaotic. In the middle of this urban jungle rises the rocky hilltop Acropolis, crowned by the world-renowned 5th-century BC Parthenon temple, a timeless monument to manmade beauty. Having faced total bankruptcy in May 2010, this hedonistic city is now living on massive loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, but remains a must-do world destination.

Why Go

For its ancient monuments, its inexhaustible nightlife, its chic bars and clubs, and its countless open-air restaurants.

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