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Where to escape in Winter

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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5 Great Things to Do in Poetic Preveza

Don’t just rush off to the islands. From gripping ancient ruins and splendid beaches to arty cafes and Venetian wiles, you’ll find plenty worth sticking around for in the gracious port town of Preveza, writes Amanda Dardanis. I have a theory about Greek towns where the locals get around on bicycles. It’s not very Greek, you se...

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Festive pit-stops at Plato Bar

When a bar is named after Plato, located on the famed Academias Ave and flanked by a street named Omirou (Homer), after Greece’s greatest bard, it’s only natural that it is the destination of choice for Athenians to congregate here for their festive ruminations. With creative cocktails and celebratory bites to get you into the Christmas s...

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Thessaloniki: A Film Fanatic’s Fantasy

Showcasing Greek cinematic talent and international premieres, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival begins this Thursday, November 3, and will continue until Sunday, November 13. Greece’s largest film institution was founded in 1960, making this the sixty-third annual TIFF. Oscar-buzz features and acclaimed independent films will ...

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Athenography: How does a city that belongs to the past look toward the future?

At first sight, Athens may not fit our idea of modernist sobriety in planning and design. But over the last 200 years a remarkably rich understanding has slowly emerged, reconsidering the historical pressures that gave the city its unique rhythms. Anthropologist Tyler Boersen argues that this overdue fascination has made Athens into a par...

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Elefsina 2023: The most important cultural pilgrimage site in Europe reclaims its place in history

Start planning for Elefsina. With its empty factories and oil refineries, a line of tankers pointing the way around Salamina, its easy to forget that this seaside city was the most hallowed site of Ancient Athens. The city that represents nothing less than the eternal cycle of life and death is now the European Capital of Culture 2023. If...

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The Coaster Ride Ahead

Art historian Els Hanappe is all for progress but warns that sustainability and engagement with the local community are key to making the Athens coast a truly unique destination.   Ri-vie-ra, The word alone fills the mouth with longing and tantalizes body and mind with its associations of glamour, luxury, sea, sun, ...

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The Hidden Charms Of the Little Cyclades

Christos Drazos, who somehow manages to capture the essence of a place with his perceptive lens explains why the Small Cyclades remain an insider secret in this evocative photo essay. The Small Cyclades are outposts in the Cyclades island group, which includes such headlining acts as Mykonos, Santorini and Ios. They go by...

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A love letter to Kasos

[lead[ Tucked away on the southernmost tip of the Dodecanese island cluster, a 22 hour ferry ride away from Piraeus, it is only the truly curious who venture to Kasos. Robert McCabe, not only travelled to this distant outpost in 1965, but documented its island traditions and way of life for posterity. His latest coffee table book, published by ...

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5 reasons why you should visit Nafplio

This little coastal gem in the Peloponnese was Greece's first capital. Its stunning architecture, layered history, cultural outposts and its laidback vibe make Nafplio the perfect getaway destination. Ethel Dioulambaka suggests five compelling reasons to visit. #01. IT IS CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC CITIES IN GREE...

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