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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Eating on the Go - The Koulouri

Rushing to work or your guided tour and no time for breakfast? Feel the need to satisfy a midday craving? Not a problem.

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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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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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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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Ancient Greek Wedding

Imagine it…you are invited to a wedding and the ceremony and festivities last three days and nights! There is plenty of food, drink, song and dance and revelry.  How could you resist?

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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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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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Battle of Castella

Would you ever imagine a fashionable neighborhood in central Piraeus, currently full of narrow streets and picturesque houses being the epicenter of an ancient battle that helped restore the Athenian democracy as we know it?

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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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Patsas: The Greek Tripe Soup

A Greek delicacy, only for the daring and strong-hearted!

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