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While most visitors to Greece know about the Acropolis, and that in general Greece is full of archeology, many people are not aware that it’s  home to a total of 16 UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites, and that four of these World Heritage sites are easily visited as day trips from downtown Athens?

1. The Acropolis, which, by the way, was not the first Hellenic World Heritage Site, was added to the list in 1987, at the same time as,

2. The Archaeological Site of Delphi 

3. Three years later, in 1990, the Monasteries of Daphni and Osios Loukas  along with Nea Moni of Chios joined the list.

4. And finally, in 1999, the Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns were added to the list.

Of course, another dozen sites around the country are also included on the list of World Heritage Sites, but those are Beyond Athens.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!