Athens Insider Summer 2020

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Island hopping for epicurean delights

Beyond its cobblestoned alleyways and dovecotes, Greek islands are fast acquiring a reputation as gourmet destinations. Talented Athenian chefs have set up culinary ventures from fashionable Tinos to hippie Koufonissia – proof that innovative locavore cuisine is thriving. A review of five new island restaurants that promise meals to remem...

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Time for a Sea Change

While Greece is a world-renowned tourist destination for sailing holidays, it’s not the hub for professional racing sailing that its climate and location warrants. Graham Wood talks to Akis Tsarouchis, a passionate sailing guru who is trying to remedy all that. On the face of it, Greece should be the European epicenter for pro...

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Santorini: For a touch of history this summer

Santorini, the poster child for Greek tourism with its domed churches and sugar-cube architecture, has been such a victim of its own success, that the joys of vacationing here were the privilege of everyone else, except those living in Greece. This summer offers a singular opportunity to holiday on an island that has captured the collecti...

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Carefree holidays in a heritage hotel

For a summer seeped in history and adventure, in a magnificently restored hotel, look no further than Kinsterna Hotel in Monemvasia for a family escape. Picture breakfast under centuries-old olive trees, sunning under fragrant citrus orchards, horse-back riding through vineyards, gourmet meals crafted from home-grown produce, castles and ...

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Michelin-Star Chef Luca Piscazzi brings his award-winning cuisine at Four Seasons Athens

Chef Luca Piscazzi brings his impressive talent and appetite for experimentation to Four Seasons Athens this summer. Piscazzi’s presence in the hotel is set to not only raise the culinary bar in Four Seasons Athens; but it will undoubtedly make the gastronomic landscape in Greece a lot more exciting. Four Seasons pulls off a c...

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5 Islands in less than 3 hours from Athens

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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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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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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Fall in love with Folegandros the Free

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 years ago to visit friends and exp...

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