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Three Reasons to Experience Athens from the Sky

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Three Reasons to Experience Athens from the Sky
May 29
11:33 2015

Just for a split second imagine the uniqueness of experiencing one of the world’s oldest civilizations from above. Welcome to Athens, a city with a rich history that dates further than any other European metropolis. Join us on a journey to experience Athens from the sky.

 

Ancient Civilization, Any Time of the Year

 

Greece’s clear blue skies and sunshine are the ideal weather conditions for a helicopter tour at any time of year. Thinking of planning a short getaway break to one of the greatest cities in the world? Here are our three reasons to why you should experience Athens from the sky:

 

  1. Acropolis and Surrounding City Landmarks

 

The Acropolis is the eternal Athenian landmark dating back more than 2,500 years. Dedicated to goddess Athena, it was once a religious shrine and high fortress for the Athenian people. Its walls, built on a layer of limestone rock, still tower over the entire modern city built around it. The remains of fantastic ancient Greek temples and buildings stand today, including the famous Parthenon.

 

From your helicopter seat you’ll be able to easily spot the other impressive landmarks of the city including the Panathenaic Stadium. Also known as the Kallimarmaro, the stadium is famous for hosting the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Then, sweep over Lycabettus Hill, a Cretaceous limestone hill that rises 300 meters above sea level. Greek myth has it that the goddess Athena accidentally dropped a mountain that she was carrying to help build the Acropolis.

 

  1. Athenian Riviera

 

Considered a jewel of the Athens region called Attica, the Athenian Riviera is a coastal stretch of over 60 kilometers starting with Faliron and ending in Cape Sounio. It features sandy beaches, restaurants and bars, marinas and cosmopolitan nightlife all right by the coastline of the Saronic Gulf in an idyllic palm tree setting. Welcome to the California of Europe!   You can explore this famous part of Athenian lifestyle from above and in the comfort of a helicopter seat. You are guaranteed to discover your new favourite riviera, the Côte d’Azur of Greece.

 

  1. Cape Sounio

 

On the southernmost tip of Attica lies the impressive Temple of Poseidon dedicated to the Greek god of the sea. This marble temple is perched high on a cliff, one reason it has served as a landmark for sailors since ancient times. The first mention of the sacred site is in the timeless Ancient Greek epic poem, The Odyssey. In the poem, the temple is the place where Menelaus stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides. Also, according to Greek mythology, Cape Sounio is the spot where King Aegeus of Athens threw himself off a cliff giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

Temple of Poseidon from the sky

There are many more fantastic legends about this picturesque place exemplifying just how captivating Cape Sounio has been for the Greek people for millennia. What will captivate you today is the majestic sunset that fills the cape’s sky with every shade of mauve and pink before it dips into the waters of the Aegean Sea. The legend of Aegeus remains here forever, and so will your experience of witnessing these miracles from the sky.

 

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