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The province of Attica is home to the capital city of Athens, but also includes the towns of Marathon, Laurium, Eleusis and Peiraeus, along with the islands of Salamis, Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses, Kythira and Antikythera. Most of the population of Attica actually live in Athens and the surrounding suburbs, but travelers who take the to venture around Attica will discover numerous sides to Greece.
The beach resorts offer endless summertime activities including hiking, biking, swimming and other watersports; while the various villages seem to be as if they exist in another time completely. Around every corner in these small towns you’ll find reminders of the nation’s vast history and culture.
The past certainly dominates Attica, and Athens is filled with reminders that this city dates back some 3,000 years, being a center of the Mycenaean civilization, while there are plenty of sights from Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman times as well. This is apparent in the food, customs and art of the region.
Many of the churches throughout Attica were built in the 11
century during the final golden age of the Byzantine Empire, and the numerous museums, and archeological sites around the peninsula let visitors appreciate how much history has transpire in this small region of the world.