This exceptional past is coupled with a vibrant contemporary cultural life full of highly acclaimed events all year round. To make things even better, Athens offers a lively and vibrant nightlife with a wide variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.
And let’s not forget that Athens is the city of olive trees, wine, honey and various herbs such as oregano, basil and thyme – an opportunity to taste the highly distinguished Mediterranean cuisine.
Athens has a lot to offer for entertainment to satisfy all tastes and demands. Movies, theatres and concerts among other cultural events, are the main night outing for locals and tourists.
Museums operating in Athens can be divided in two categories. On the one hand, there are the important institutions hosting world treasures from antiquity and the Byzantine era. These include the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Benaki Museum and the Byzantine Museum. Next to them, there are a number of state thematic museums.
The visual arts enjoy a big share in the Athenian cultural and everyday life. Next to big institutions such as the Benaki Museum, a big number of small private galleries are spread within the city centre and the surrounding areas, hosting the works of contemporary visual and media artists. In recent years a number of bar galleries have sprung up.