Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. A center for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Today a cosmopolitan metropolis.