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Athens

A city requiring absolutely no introduction.

You'll struggle to find anywhere else on Earth where you feel quite so immersed in ancient history as Athens. The focal point is of course the magnificent Acropolis - a structure which dominates the cityscape and can be seen from all corners of the Greek capital.

No matter where you turn there are reminders of Ancient Greece with many of the city's landmarks having been in place for thousands of years.

While it's undoubtedly famed for its rich history, the area is also popular with those looking to kick back on a beach in the Athens Riviera - a place with a lively nightlife and some fantastic restaurants serving up fresh seafood.

And those astronomy-fans among us won't want to miss out on an evening of stargazing at the National Observatory. A chance to study the Athenian sky through an antique telescope, before lapping up views across the city from the hilltop on which the observatory is perched.

Athens in pictures: The Greek capital through a lens, from sensational sunsets to ancient temples - click here.

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