Athens is mostly known around the world for its classical period ruins, such as the Parthenon, the Erecthion, the temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora and so on and so forth. But how about the excellent specimens of neoclassical architecture it boasts, situated in the very heart of a modern city? Doesn’t ring any bells? Well, let us enlighten you then. Neoclassical is the type of architectural and artistic movement that bloomed around the 18th and 19th century in Europe and elsewhere as an effort to revive the classical forms of the Greek antiquity and the subsequent Roman Empire. In Greece as well, this type of architecture was very popular in the 19th and early 20th century, with many examples still standing today, such as the numerous neoklassika (mansions of these type) in the Plaka area, our Parliament building (previously the Royal Palace), the old Parliament House (now the National Historical Museum) the Zappeion Mansion, and of course the best examples of all: The Athenian Trilogy in Panepistimiou str., including the National Library, the University of Athens and the Academy.
Christmas is around the corner, finally! Yes, the time of the year when all the streets sparkle from the Christmas lights, when the smell of cinnamon fills the air, when jolly jingles can be heard everywhere; the most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Regardless of age, you can’t help but get giddy at the prospect of the holiday season. Although Greece is mainly known for its wonderful beaches and perfect weather, it isn’t lacking in Christmas attractions. So, whether you have been naughty or nice this year, we will help you get your Christmas vacations in Greece sorted!
Athens. Evocative of baking heat, the doric collonades of the Acropolis and a shimmering coastline lined with beach bars. Hardly the premier choice for a winter destination? Think again. Ever agile, Athens is just as captivating in the winter as she is by summer and when it comes to Christmas the city is the star attraction of Christmas festivities across Greece. From decorations to shopping, concerts to play parks, food, food and more food Athens is quite simply, the one place you should be this Christmas!
Who doesn’t want an excuse to stuff their face with delicious treats? And what could possibly be a better excuse than Christmas?
You can either lie and say that Christmas is all about the spirit of giving and celebrating with your friends and family, or you can be honest and admit the well-known fact that Christmas is all about the delicious Christmas treats that you can devour on a daily basis, free of remorse, because after all, it’s Christmas!
Here in Greece, we are known for our magnificent food and the festive season presents itself as another opportunity to explore the Greek cuisine that is guaranteed to, once again, impress you. Therefore, in this post we will show you what Greece has to offer regarding Christmas treats, we are going to talk a little bit about the history behind each food and we will be extra cheeky and provide you with some traditional recipes in order for you to be able to taste a little bit of Greece, even after you have left our beautiful country.
Christmas time is here at LAST! (ok, almost.) The characteristic Christmas decorations have already found their way to Athens' street lights and wait patiently to be lit up once more. Christmas trees are becoming more and more numerous behind closed windows and hot chocolates viennois take their rightful place on top of the crowded tables of the various street cafés. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Here are some tips on what to do in Athens to make it even more so!
Being in a foreign country can be pretty intimidating. Even if you have come prepared, you can find yourself unsure of what to do next and how to explore the city’s secrets. Especially at night, it can get even more challenging without the welcoming sun leading your way. That is where we come in. In this post, we will show you 5 things to do in Athens at night, in order for you to take back home, along with your overflowing suitcase and fashionable tan, the best of memories.