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Top 5+1 places for a relaxing coffee in Athens

If you visit Greece, you will see plenty of cafés packed with people laughing, chatting and socializing around the city. For Greeks, drinking coffee is much more than just drinking coffee.

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Athens, Greece for Families

“Shadow Theater” in Athens

The “Shadow Theater” or “Karagyoz”, as it is called in the last two countries –Greece and Turkey- where it still survives is an ancient art form and a pretty unique experience for the whole family.

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Athenian Trilogy: National Library, University of Athens & Academy - Take a walk on the …Neoclassical Side

You are walking through one of the most hectic and intense traffic junctions of the city and suddenly two ancient Greek gods fly over your horizon! Relax; it’s neither the heat of the sun, nor the power of ouzo that hit you.

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Why and when Athens got its name?

Many years ago, during a Rockwave live concert by the sea, on the south shore of Athens, rock band Garbage came up on stage for their first time in Greece. Their lead singer saluted the crowd and yelled out “Athena… born out of a man’s headache? I love this city!”.

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Pikionis’ Athens

It was transformed to the landscape you can currently see by one of the most ingenious and influential Greek architects, Dimitrios Pikionis (1887-1968), between 1954 and 1958.

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Athens with a View: Up to Lycabettus Hill

It stands in the middle of the city, bearing the same name since the age of Pericles. Lycabettus – in Greek “Lykavitos” –  means “the path of the wolves” or "where the wolves go", indicating it was populated by wild beasts in the distant past.

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Athens neighborhoods, off the beaten track

Three must-see places in walking distance from Acropolis and the city’s center.

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Athens & Epidaurus Festival

If you enjoy performing arts, and especially theater, this is an opportunity like no other. Visiting Athens and central Greece offers the unique opportunity to experience a theatrical performance at the birthplace of this art-form.

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Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre: (not) just another Day by the Seaside

Got a sunny day in Athens, but you are already fed-up with “ancient” stuff? We got you covered with a modern, state-of-the-art architectural jewel built on top of a park.

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Monastiraki Square & Monastiraki Area

There aren’t many places which showcase so perfectly the multi-layered mix of cultures which we call Greek civilization, like Monastiraki square. It is situated north of Plaka, the traditional neighborhood under the Acropolis, and right next to the busy junction of two central streets, Ermou and Athinas.

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Athens Vintage Bike City Tours

There are many ways to see Athens. The city with the many faces also has many different, themed tours on offer. But this one is brand new and as stylish as they come.

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Driving in Greece

Well that’s a tough one. We will try to warn you about driving on Greek roads and at the same time not scare you away from the wheel (or handlebars). After all, you will need a car to visit most of the places that are worth seeing.

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The Athens Insider’s Heat Wave Survival Guide

So, you want to come to Greece in the summer but you have heard a bunch of stories that revive scenes out of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ in your mind: you are being baked by the scorching sun, in a barren archeological site, dying of thirst, seeing mirages of oases and ice-cream-offering Karyatides girls, holding iced beer kegs on their heads...

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Koukaki Area

Athens, as a whole, is a culturally rising city after years of recession. But which neighborhoods carry this transformation on their shoulders? Which new districts of the Greek capital have become nurseries?

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Open air cinemas in Greece

Its Greek name, “therina cinema” or “kalokairina cinema”, which means “summer cinema”, is a major part of Greek culture.

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LGBT Greece

Although having a rich history in Ancient Greece, homosexuality has had a controversial journey to today.

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How to get more time in your day in Athens

Athens is a city that is easily accessible by all means of transport, especially when moving around the city center, even when going to or from the Airport or Ports, you will see that it’s simple and pretty straight forward.

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Clean Monday in Athens

One of the most iconic feasts all over Greece is just around the corner! Clean Monday or “Kathari Deytera” in Greek, is the starting point of a 40 day Great Lent period -called Sarakosti- that leads to the Orthodox Easter Sunday.

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Kallimarmaro or Panathenaic Stadium of Athens

Interested in climbing marble stairs to get some of the best views of the Acropolis, Lycabettos, and  the city of Athens, while being swept away on a nostalgic athletic adventure? Look no further than the Kallimarmaro Stadium of Athens.

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The Athens Central Market

Being in business nonstop since 1886, the Public Market Place of Athens known as Varvakeios – named after one of Greece’s national heroes, gentleman pirate Ioannis Varvakis (1745-1825) – extends along both sides of Athinas street and consists of a fish, vegetable and meat market.

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Zappeion Hall

Between the National Gardens and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, lies a great place to wander around in Athens. The Zappeion Exhibition Hall or simply Zappeion has been around for the past 131 years.

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Athens, Near Athens

Beaches near Athens

A trip to Athens is mostly associated with visiting the Acropolis, digging into local culinary flavors and strolling through the picturesque streets of Plaka and Monastiraki; but enjoying the deep blue Greek waters isn’t actually at the top of your bucket list for your Athenian holidays.

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TAF / The Art Foundation

TAF / The Art Foundation is an independent, hip cultural center located on a side street (Normanou 5) off Ermou Street in the area of the Monastiraki flea market.

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The Oldest House in Athens- the Venizelos Mansion

The Benizelos Mansion also known as the Arhontiko (wooden mansion) of Agia Filothei is the oldest surviving house of the Ottoman period in Athens

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The Athens Hammams

“..the philosophy of absolute wellness, rejuvenation and escape from daily life.”

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The Museum of Illusions in Athens

Have you ever visited a museum where you are expected not only to laugh and touch everything you see but are encouraged to do so at every turn? Then look no further than the Museum of Illusions in Athens

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The Frissiras Museum

Frissiras Museum is the only museum of contemporary European art in Greece. Its aim is to identify and promote new creations and artistic trends as well as presenting established European and Greek painters. It was founded and endowed by Vlassis Frissiras, an art-collecting lawyer, and opened its doors for the first time on December 2000.

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The Athens University History Museum

Situated at the foot of Acropolis on 5 Tholou Street, the building that houses the Athens University History Museum has had a long and varied history with origins dating back to before the 18th century.

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Five reasons why you should visit Athens’ Ancient Agora

Today, after almost a century of exploration and research, the archaeological site is open year-round, and therefore, we await with pleasure the opportunity to show it to you in detail!

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Winter vacations in Greece

A great part of the tourist world thinks of Greece like a theme park. With summer as its main theme, they think that it closes down with the first drops of rain in October, to be opened again just in time for the first heat waves in late May.

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Destinations for winter vacations in Greece

A magical territory with suiting, pagan-sounding place-names. Like the “Gamila” (camel) mountain, which guards this cluster of small villages made of stone, called “Zagoria”, so picturesque that they seem to belong to a fairy-tale. Or the mesmerizing color of “Voidomatis” (the Oxeye), the clearest river in Europe where you can dive and go rafting, floating through places beautiful and isolated, which you cannot see in any other way except by paddling.

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The best museums of Athens

You can come to Athens and not spend a single hour indoors. But these are the top 5 reasons you should not

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A city break in Athens

So you threw your dart on the map and it hit Greece, but you only have a weekend to spend in Athens?

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Greece for Families, Athens

The top 9 things to do in Athens with kids

Athens with kids & no nagging? Totally doable!

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Autumn in Athens

Summer is now gone but the transformation of Athens as a central European hub for fun, openness and innovation remains in full swing in the fall. The weather is still giving a helping hand for walking and the city’s sun guarantees that your photos will not need to be filtered so as to be uploaded in your social media accounts!

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The Excavation Site Under the New Acropolis Museum

The remains of streets, houses, bath houses, public latrines and workshops have been painstakingly brought to light.

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Eugenides Foundation Planetarium

How would it be if you could take a trip to the farthest reaches of the cosmos from the comfort of your chair?

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The Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments

The Museum of Greek Folk or Popular Musical Instruments on 1-3 Diogenous Street, is housed in the Lassanis Mansion which was built in the 1830’s and is one of Plaka’s oldest surviving buildings. The house is the former residence of the military officer, politician and scholar Georgios Lassanis who played a prominent role in Greece’s War of Independence.

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The Museum of the City of Athens

The You are standing in Klathmonos square in central Athens, with the clamor and blare of noisy traffic drowning all other sounds and you face the two neoclassical buildings on 5-7 Paparigopoulos Street.

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Poulopoulos Hat Factory

Looking for a cultural oasis combined with simultaneous time travel to the past in the center of Athens? Look no further than the Melina Mercouri Cultural Center housed in the old Poulopoulos hat factory at No. 66 on Heraklidon Street.

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The School Life and Education Museum

Located in a historical building of the 19th century and on one of the oldest streets of Europe, the School Life and Education Museum at 23 Tripodon Street in Plaka makes for a delightful stop on your visiting tour.

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Herakleidon Museum

”Eureka”, the Exhibition of the Science, Art and Technology of the Ancient Greeks is divided between two neoclassical buildings located in Thission.

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Permanent Exhibition: Man & Tools

In 2008, the Museum of Greek Folk Art created a new annex at 22 Panos Street in Plaka, to house over 300 tools and products of traditional labor, part of a collection of around 1000 objects donated to the Museum by the Society for Ethnographic Studies.

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Pets Holidays

Thinking about taking your lovely pet on holiday? Might sound like a good and generous initiative that will make for a great idea, but there are quite a few things to take into account before making this decision.

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The Metro of Athens: The History, the Findings, and the Art

The Metro of Athens is a project full of history that is long overdue. The findings that were excavated and put on display along with the contemporary Art embellishing many of the stations make the Metro of Athens unique and full of history.

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Traditional Greek Festivals in Athens

Here is a nice opportunity to get to know places, areas, customs, traditions, and events in August Athens, which invites us to explore it. The festivals are many and are a good solution for an outing, while getting a taste of the village celebration, within the boundaries of the Prefecture of Attica.

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Where will you eat the Best "Traditional" Souvlaki in Athens?

There are many souvlaki restaurants. Honestly a lot. In every neighborhood of Athens. But would it be an exaggeration to tell you that few souvlaki places are really worth it? Nevertheless, it is a reality.

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10+1 Roof Gardens in Athens with an Acropolis View

Great flavors, cool cocktails, and relaxing music against the backdrop of the amazing view of the Acropolis. Roof gardens steal the show.

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10 places for an enjoyable Brunch in the center of Athens

Brunch has invaded our lives, bringing with it unique flavors and, most importantly, experiences that accompany it as a ritual.

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10 + 1 Street Food joints in the center of Athens

Athens is constantly spreading and updating this 'Street Food' trend, with increasingly dynamic spots for "food in hand".

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The 15 ‘Hidden’ Beaches of Attica

We searched, splashed, sunbathed on all the beaches of the prefecture, and to find those that are not flooded with people and that exude an island character.

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The Best Beach Bars in Attica

The entertainment in the beach bars of Attica is through the roof and they have nothing to envy from their Cyclades competitors.

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Shopping in Athens: The best Shopping District and Malls

Sophisticated shopping in aristocratic neighborhoods and suburbs but also bustling bazaars in the city center.

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6 + 1: The best wine bars in Athens

For those who love good wine and want to experience new flavors and varieties, combined with soft music and a light, pleasant atmosphere a wine bar is the place for you.

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The 7 top open-air cinemas of Athens

If you want to escape the crowded urban landscape for a couple of hours, we have chosen the 7 top open-air cinemas of Athens, that will be the highlight of your trip!

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9 Best Greek Dishes that you must Taste in Athens

Discover exceptional places in the capital that make the most famous Greek dishes with pure and fresh products from Greek producers.

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