Forever the appetizer to the Cyclades’ main-course beach offerings, Athens started to come into its own when the 2004 Olympic Games prompted the laying down of some much-needed infrastructure. While there have been some ups and downs along the way (particularly, a major financial crisis), the city is angling to come back with a vengeance in an attempt to garner your vacation dollars for a few days longer. Shack up at AthensWas or Fresh Hotel, tour the heady mix of the very old and delightfully new, then day-hop down to one of the nearby beaches such as Asteras Glyfada or the quieter Skalakia Agias Marinas.
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