Athens insider 142 / Summer 2019

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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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Semeli Resort

Semeli Resort Elatochori Legend has it that Zeus was so besotted with the bewitchingly beautiful Semeli that he transported her onto the slopes of the Pieria mountains (miles away from her native Thebes) so that he could admire her from atop his throne on Mount Olympus. Named after the legendary princess, Semeli, perched 1050 metres high on the...

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Elatos Resort & Health Club

All hail the Queen Bee of the Arachova winter whirl.  Yes, there may be newer, more-boutiquey arrivals in town now. But they just can’t compete with this well-bred favourite: Elatos still retains its crown for fashionable Athenians who love the sociable vibe, beautiful forest setting and excellent leisure facilities (the Club ...

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The Grand Forest

The Grand Forest Metsovo In winter, the enchanting village of Metsovo looks just like a painting. One of Epirus’ most popular tourist drawcards, visitors immediately fall under the spell of the town’s balconied mansions, stone drinking fountains and snow-blanketed squares. Tucked away in a pristine pine forest strewn with walking trails and pic...

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Live the Life that Paddy did

Writer’s retreat, cultural salon, museum showpiece … the charmed life of the Paddy Leigh Fermor House in the Mani is about to embark on one of its most colourful incarnations yet, as it prepares to open its storied doors as a luxury boutique hotel, writes Amanda Dardanis In Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields were a land of pe...

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Feeding your holiday appetite

Fine dining is probably the greatest excuse for planning a trip. But as a responsible foodie traveler, you want to make sure you’re visiting a town with a local culture as rich as the siglino*(traditional Mani smoked pork) on the table. Kyrimai in the Mani, plays host to not only exquisite cuisine, but also a great waterfront perch to exp...

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Kavala, a Bucket-List Destination

Insider invites you to sift through the layers of history and revel in the must-see’s and must-do’s in the charming city of Kavala. Kavala, one of the largest cities in Northern Greece, is a city with a rich past as it has been through many important milestones in Byzantine, Roman and Christian history. The influence of many c...

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7 Super Family Day Trips in Attica

For many families living in Athens, half-term holidays are just around the corner. Make use of Autumn’s awesome climate to factor in the fun on one of our Insider-recommended family day trips that they’ll be only too happy to ditch the ipad for … all in the Great Attica Outdoors. Meet the Magic Horses of Rafina There are many d...

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Amorgos, where the Big Blue legend lives on

For a throwback to a simpler, almost monastic way of living – a far-cry from its overly touristic Cycladic neighbours, Amorgos, with its hidden coves, unhurried charms and timeless intrigue still captures the romantic nostalgia of the film that shot it to international fame. But quite frankly, its psimeni raki, that island elixir that mak...

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