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Greece, on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe, is mostly dry and mountainous, with a large mainland and more than 1,400 islands. The nation where democracy was conceived in the fifth century B.C. has periodically suffered the loss of freedom and welcomed its rebirth. After almost 400 years under Turkish rule, Greece won independence in 1830. Scarred by Nazi occupation during World War II and an ensuing civil war, the nation endured seven years of military dictatorship from 1967 to 1974. The junta fell after a failed Athens-backed coup in Cyprus—which brought the Turkish invasion and occupation of northern Cyprus in 1974. An elected government and new constitution followed. Even though Greece and Turkey are both members of NATO, relations have been tense over Cyprus and Aegean issues. A breakthrough occurred in 1999 when major earthquakes hit Greece and Turkey—both countries and peoples responded generously to the other's need.

 

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Plaka Hotel
Plaka Hotel  
7 Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos -

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Hotel Plaka has a prestigious location in Athens’ historic centre. It is just 5 minutes walk from Syntagma Square and 2 blocks from Monastiraki Metro… More

8.5

Plaka Hotel
Plaka Hotel  
7 Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos -

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Hotel Plaka has a prestigious location in Athens’ historic centre. It is just 5 minutes walk from Syntagma Square and 2 blocks from Monastiraki Metro… More

8.5

Acropolis Hill
Acropolis Hill  
Mouson 7 -

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The newly built Acropolis Hill is the most recent gem of the Tour Hotel Group, in the area around Acropolis. It is located near the impeccable new Acropolis… More

8.6

Amalia Hotel
Amalia Hotel  
10, Amalias Ave -

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Centrally located in Syntagma Square in Athens, Amalia Hotel is right across from the National Gardens. It features comfortable rooms with satellite &… More

8.7

Royal Olympic Hotel
Royal Olympic Hotel  
28-34 Ath. Diakou -

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A short walk from the Acropolis, 5-star Royal Olympic Hotel is centrally located near the picturesque Plaka neighbourhood. The luxurious rooms overlook… More

8.4

Electra Palace Hotel Athens
Electra Palace Hotel Athens  
18-20 N.Nikodimou street -

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With a great location in the centre of Plaka, facing the Acropolis, this 5-star hotel offers personalised service, a beautiful rooftop pool and well-appointed… More

8.4

Electra Palace Hotel Athens
Electra Palace Hotel Athens  
18-20 N.Nikodimou street -

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With a great location in the centre of Plaka, facing the Acropolis, this 5-star hotel offers personalised service, a beautiful rooftop pool and well-appointed… More

8.4

Electra Palace Hotel Athens
Electra Palace Hotel Athens  
18-20 N.Nikodimou street -

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With a great location in the centre of Plaka, facing the Acropolis, this 5-star hotel offers personalised service, a beautiful rooftop pool and well-appointed… More

8.4

The Athens Gate Hotel
The Athens Gate Hotel  
10, Syngrou Avenue -

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This hotel has a prestigious location in the historic heart of Athens. It offers 4-star facilities, excellent views of the Acropolis and Temple of Olympian… More

8.7

Airotel Parthenon
Airotel Parthenon  
6 Makri Street -

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Just a 5-minute walk from the Acropolis and 150 metres from the Metro, centrally located Airotel Parthenon features accommodation with balconies and satellite… More

8.4