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Enjoy Four Seasons Astir Palace’s legendary hospitality from June 12 with special offers

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens re-opens its doors on June 12, and celebrates the spirit of togetherness with a special stay offer and tailored experiences for couples and families. Unlock the secrets of nature and immerse in local culture together – an ideal itinerary to refresh the spirit and reconnect with loved ones. ...

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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 from June 15, writes Amanda Dardanis. In Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields wer...

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A Magical Tour of Greece Part 2: Islands

In his sequel fantasy series, John Kittmer, not unlike Jason or Odysseus, takes us through archipelagos and roll-calls of island names. These names have a magic all of their own. The poet Odysseas Elytis knew this well; ‘Each word a swallow to bring you spring in the midst of summer’. In this magical six-day tour, I am finally...

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The Higher City

The Acropolis of Athens is a fair test of our commitment to humankind’s higher cultural aspirations. In ordinary times, Athenians have ten thousand good excuses to postpone the Acropolis until next month or next lifetime. These are not ordinary times. For an able-bodied resident of Athens not to take advantage of this opportunity is to fa...

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So long Frappé, Hello Freddo!

If you’ve been to Greece before and still nurse your frappé fantasies, its time you switched like the rest of Greece has, to its new world order and summer obsession, the freddo! When did frappé get dethroned as coffee king? Depends on whom you ask. But all the baristas Athens Insider spoke to claim that only 10 percent of col...

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Greece to welcome tourists from June 15

PM Mitsotakis announced that the Greek tourist season opens its doors on June 15 and that its well-earned “passport” of safety, reliability and health will ensure that tourists come back to Greece for a spot under the sun. Greece’s 2020 tourism season might have begun late but will offer a safe escape for tourists headed here....

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Athens Riviera gets its own coffee table book

Editions Assouline's dreamy coffee table books often are as attractive as the destinations they cover. Its latest addition, the Athens Riviera coffee table book is a stunning photo album that retraces the history and spirit of Athens and its inhabitants. Discover a city that we have known for millennia, but whose contemporaneity is too of...

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Awash in uncertainty

Jeff Siger has called Greece home for 35 years. Spending his lockdown in pastoral New Jersey with a grizzly-size black bear who drops in occasionally, he has been plotting his next mystery thriller set on a Greek isle. The emotions that run through this column starkly contrast with the hope he expresses in his first corona chronicle. [...

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