Athens insider 138 / May 2018

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Discover Kavala: The Monte Carlo of Greece

We’ve done all the groundwork so that you can revel in all the must-see and dos in this wonderful northern coastal gem. Kavala, one of the largest cities in Northern Greece, is a city with a rich and storied past: thanks to its numerous important milestones throughout Byzantine, Roman and Christian history. The influence of ma...

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5 Fab Green Holidays

From stylish “urban nature concept” sanctuaries to farm-to-fork adventures, and blissed-out city stays, Greece is getting greener every year. Amanda Dardanis introduces 5 wonderful destinations where you can boost your eco-cred during 2018.   The Hands-on One [caption id="attachment_1471" align="aligncenter" width="1000...

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Historic new Ferry Route for the Ionians

Long arduous ferry journeys between the Ionian islands will be a thing of the past this summer as the popular island cluster is linked for the first time in history by a much-needed new ferry route. From May 1, visitors who would have previously had to travel far out of their way – and usually back to the mainland – can now is...

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24 Hours in Thessaloniki

Athens’ ancient little sister “up north” has always been an intriguing alternative city, marching to her own beat. Insider’s Amanda Dardanis plots your perfect day out in this historic seaside port that rocks a youthful vibe, along with some incredible flavours. Greece’s second capital is often cast in Athens’ shadow. But than...

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Fall in love with Folegandros the Free

Greek-American Fitness Trainer Melissa Diamond cherishes Friendly Folegandros for many reasons – its tranquility, its hospitality, but most of all, for the precious gift of freedom that this timeless Cycladic treasure bestows on her two young children. My love affair with Folegandros began … When I first travelled there six yea...

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The Call of Delphi

Indian novelist Radhika Jha, who has recently relocated to Greece, visits the Ancient Navel of the World and finds much still to stir the senses at this enigmatic site.  There was a time when a trip to Delphi could change the course of a life. Or of a nation. Now, this epic historic site lies a mere two hour car journey away f...

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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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Rethymnon Carnival Diary

In these colourful extracts from her photo journal, archeologist Holley Martlew goes behind the scenes to capture the pageantry, tireless preparations and deep community bonds at one of Greece’s most epic annual carnival rituals. 'Carnival in Rethymnon', I had been told, is special. It shares a few things, like its huge parade...

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8 Awesome Winter Escapes for Half-Term

Greece may rule the roost in June and July ... but it's also got some pretty cool moves up its sleeve in January and February. Here’s Insider’s top picks for the looming half-term holidays - from active adventures, thrilling archeological odysseys, winery tours, and family fun where you can sleep inside the walls of medieval castle towns....

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5 Islands Athenians like to keep to Themselves

As a general rule, many Athenians prefer to holiday on Greek islands that are convenient to get to – but far away from “the masses”. Amanda Dardanis lists her favourite Athenian Boltholes – all within 3 hours of the capital. (Just don’t tell too many others!) Serifos There’s been a quiet buzz building about the island of Serifo...

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