The capital of Greece, Athens is its largest city with a population of close to four million. Many consider Athens the birthplace of modern civilization. The city's area is vast and is bordered by mountains on three sides and the Aegean Sea to the south. The city is made up of a number of districts. Plaka, Thissio and Monastiraki all sit near the foot of the world-renowned Acropolis and are the historical districts in the city. There are a number of neoclassical 19th century homes that have been restored, streets for pedestrians only and number restaurants and stores.
Kolonaki is an upscale area with many galleries, boutiques and cafes. Exarheia and Omonia are two areas that once were dangerous but are now full students and the National Archeological Museum. Psiri has many alternative cafes, restaurants, bars , boutiques and luxury hotels. Syntagma Square is the city's business district and has major banks, hotels and restaurants.