Athens Insider Summer 2020

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An exclusive interview with Angela Gerekou: Heralding a new era in Greek tourism

As tourism marketing moves from glossy picture-perfect advertising to cater to an eco-conscious, inquisitive and technologically-advanced traveller, Sudha Nair-Iliades speaks to Angela Gerekou, President of the Greek National Tourism Organization on the radical changes in global tourism and Greece’s response to unlocking its tourism poten...

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Greek spring and flower-carpeted hillsides

One of the upsides of being in lockdown is that it compels you to appreciate nature in all its glory in the brief window allotted for daily constitutionals. Nike Morgan is happiest when walking on the hillsides, photographing the wild flowers of Greece. Here, she charts some of her most colourful discoveries – such as the fatal pink colch...

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You don’t need to fly to get ski high

For many Greece is the land of sun, sea and whitewashed houses with azur doors; however, come winter, this land also boasts many mountains blanketed in snow. One of the most popular is Mount Parnassos with its 19 ski runs, 10 trails, restaurants and ski / snowboard schools. The peaks of Kellaria and Fterolakas can be enjoyed b...

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How We Will Travel in 2020

As we get ready to head into a new decade, we wanted to look at the 2020 travel trends that will shape the way we all vacation and shape the industry as a whole. So what will the main 2020 travel trends be? We decided to delve a little deeper and pick out the most important shifts happening… Shareability is king: Travellers,...

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Extreme sports to do in Greece

Any mention of Greece mostly evokes images of the majestic Acropolis, the white villages of the Cyclades bordering a deep blue sea or simply sandy shores lapped by turquoise waters. Few people see Greece as an extreme sports destination, but we hope to change this with this article. Rock climbing Now, we can all agree that when it comes to rock c...

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Playing the Goat

Danylo Hawaleshka steps back in time with the cacophonous, kid-clad dancers of Skyro. We’re lost. And we know we’re lost because it’s dark out and we’ve just driven onto the military base on the Aegean island of Skyros. We make a quick U-turn, followed by a phone call to our genial host-to-be - a bon vivant by the name of Dimi...

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Greek filoxenia

It might not belong to an international chain, but their properties have oodles of charm to make it one of the most desirable places to stay in Athens. The family-run 4-star Hotel Herodion and its sister 3-star Philippos Hotel, located at the footsteps of the Acropolis not only exude discreet elegance, they have been consistently rated by...

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Pampering in Halkidiki

Located just four kilometers away from Nikiti, perched on the bluffs of the Aegean Peninsula, right in the middle of the second prong of the Halkidiki peninsula, in a Riviera-like setting with impeccable gardens, columned terraces, large golden sandy beaches, lush pine forests, clean turquoise waters and azure skies, the Danai Beach Resort exudes t...

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Greece’s rare Skyrian horses

The Skyrian horse is one of the oldest breeds in Europe, believed to have pulled Achilles' legendary chariot in Troy, accompanied Alexander the Great in his conquests, and depicted in the friezes on the Parthenon. But with only about 200 of these historic miniature horses left, the breed is at great risk of extinction. Photo essay by Chri...

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Elia Kentrota: On the Inside

It goes without saying that as a guest at Athens’ Four Seasons Astir Palace, you’re set to have a wonderful time. But to really help you enjoy it, let us take you on a journey through the hotel via the eyes of an insider. Katie Silcox asks Elia Kentrota, Director of Public Relations, how she would spend her perfect day at the hotel. After...

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Sounion calling

Elena Panayides unveils the myth and magic of Attica's southernmost tip where Poseidon holds sway. The Myth Cape Sounion, the ‘Sacred Cape’, as the Ancient Greeks called it, is dedicated to the all-powerful and always salty, God of the Sea, Poseidon. Just 70km from central Athens this mesmerising  temple hovers 60m above the s...

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