This small and lovely town belongs to the province of Alajuela and is located to the northwest of San Josť. With just 5000 inhabitants (17000 including the suburbs), Atenas is famous for having one of the best climates in the world, according to National Geographic. It has an elevation of about 800 meters above sea level. Green and fertile with rolling hills, Atenas is a agricultural region known for its animal husbandry, coffee and sugar production and fruit orchards. Daily life is rooted in tradition, such as the Friday farmers\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' market. Here you can purchase fresh produce, flowers and meats from local growers. The heart of Atenas is its central park, where you can find several cafes and restaurants. It is especially popular for retirees due to its great climate. More than 150 North Americans and Europeans now call Atenas their home. Several shops and restaurants reflect their culture and cuisine. In Atenas you can also find numerous grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacists, and drugstores. There is also an international school nearby. Alajuela and Escazu is reachable within 30 minutes. The next beach can be reached by car within 40 minutes. Due to its location between the beaches and the big city of San Josť, Atenas is very popular.