Athens insider 140 / Autumn 2018

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Baby, it’s cold outside …

We know. Frosty temperatures make most of us want to hibernate indoors by the fireplace with a good bottle of red, a DVD marathon, and our favourite pair of woolies. But aside from the obvious health benefits, cold weather activity actually has the power to dramatically boost our mood (thanks to the lack of heavy humidity and the stimulat...

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Into the Wilderness

Isabella Zampetaki presents the savagely beautiful landscape around Lake Plastira and suggests a trip to the awe-inspiring Meteora for this holiday season. Lake Plastira Surrounded by green hills, fjord-like peninsulas and the vertical slopes of Mt. Agrafa, Lake Plastira is an artificial lake, close to Karditsa (around 320 kms ...

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Where to escape in January

Greece might rule the roost in June and July… but it’s also got some pretty cool moves up its sleeve in January. Falling temperatures cast new magic over stone-clad alpine villages, medieval castles, romantic seafront cities – and buzzy ski-resorts, writes Amanda Dardanis. Castle Adventure in Monemvasia Perched 300 metres above...

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Top 5 Cosy Winter Retreats

Greece is not just a summer romance. From stylish ski resorts and historic city hamlets to quaint alpine escapes, mainland Greece is awash with irresistibly inviting winter wonderlands. As the evenings close in and temperatures fall, trade balmy beaches and long lunches by the sea with luxurious lodgings in dramatic locales where you can ...

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Imaret

Imaret Kavala In the heart of historic Kavala, in northern Greece, exists this masterfully-restored palace that seems to have arrived straight from a fairytale – but with enough 21st century luxuries to satisfy any modern sybarite (think Bvlgari toiletries and Molton Brown candles). Built in 1817 for Mohamed Ali Pasha, Imaret is a rare monument...

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Opora Country Living

Opora Country Living Nafplio From the utterly perfect landscape of Opora Country Living, you’ll look down upon the cobalt sea and red-tiled roofs of Nafplio and breathe the sigh of the deeply contented (and the faintly smug). That’s because you’re among the lucky few to have discovered this gorgeous and classy haven that opened just one year ag...

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The Lost Unicorn

The Lost Unicorn Tsagarada, Pelion Behind the vast and ancient plane tree in Agia Paraskevi village square, a 19th century mansion facade conceals a delightful English country house within, complete with Blue Willow crockery, library and rose garden. This charming 8-roomed hotel is a labour of love for Greek-English owners Christos (the chef) a...

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