BERLIN BY THE SEA

Settle in and explore a dynamic city where contradiction meets creativity and the past blends with the present. With Rafina port to the north and Pireaus to the south of this busy metropolis, it can be tempting to bypass Athens en route to various island destinations. But opt for a longer stay and you will be rewarded.

CONSTANT EVOLUTION

Location: Attica Region
Accessibility: By flying directly to Athens International Airport
Size: 412 km2 (urban area)
Accessibility: By plane from all major airports

Athens is bubbling with a thriving culinary scene, unique retail options and, of course, a bevy of cultural offerings. At its heart, you will be saluted by the sight of the Parthenon and you will stroll along the wide pedestrian sidewalks below the Acropolis. Heading northeast, you will twist around the winding streets of Plaka. You may get lost but that’s part of the fun! The neighborhoods surrounding the historic center of Athens (Koukaki, Pagkrati, Kolonaki, Thisseion, Petralona and Kerameikos) have their own unique vibe and an array of indie bakeries, herb shops, cafés, galleries and small shops. Oh, and did we mention the water sports at the beaches of the Athenian Riviera or the lakes and hills all accessible by public transportation or a short car ride from pretty much anywhere?

ESSENTIALS

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WE LOVE

The timeless setting of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The feeling you get when driving around at night and realizing that countless bars and street food options are there for you to explore. The new Renzo Piano-designed Stavros Niarchos complex, a magnificent cultural heritage.

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LOCAL TIPS

Take in the breathtaking beauty from Vouliagmeni to Cape Sounio, stopping to swim along the way – the hot springs of Vouliagmeni lake are pleasant any time of the year. Enjoy fresh fish at the modest taverns in the district of Kallithea - fresh prawn is the top choice. Take a step back in time in cheap and cheerful Pireaus and Microlimano. Go for a swim at Schinias beach, just a half-hour-ride from Athens.

Events calendar

Athens Classic Marathon

Taking place in November, with athletes from all over the world running the original Marathon route

Summer Music Festivals

Such as Ejekt, Release, and Rockwave festival, with international bands throwing concerts in early summer

Athens and Epidaurus festival

The well-known music and theatre festival, taking place in a period of 4 months, in several archaeological and cultural sites.

Athens Pride

Every June, the gay pride takes place in the centre of Athens with various colourful events and concerts