If you are one of those people who love observing the buildings while walking the streets of a foreign city, this list will be a treat! There are numerous remarkable buildings in Athens, but you have to know where to look for them. So, here is a list of 15 outstanding buildings in our city that we believe will give you a better insight into Athens' secrets!
The citable of Athens was wisely chosen to be built on the top of the hill it is still found today, with the location having significant strategic importance; apart from being the city’s higher point, it was also surrounded by three hills that offered protection: Pnyka hill, Areopagus (Mars Hill) and Philopappou hill. Each hill had its own importance during ancient times, along with a myth associated with it. Those myths have stood the test of time, and have survived to this day
It is known that Halcyon days refer to the warm days during winter time, but only a few people have heard of the myth of Alkyone – the myth behind the Halcyon days, which is part of the fascinating world of Greek mythology and reminds us that there is always enough space for good vibes in our lives, even during the toughest of times.
The 25th of March happens to be a memorial day for two reasons in Greece;
First, it is one of the two most important national days of Greece, since 25th March 1821 is the day when the revolution flag was bannered in Kalavryta (a place in Peloponnese) and so, Greek revolution against the Ottoman Empire officially started.
Carnival is a festive season people either love or hate. While it makes some people excited, eager to dress up and go silly with their friends, it also irritates others that find no sense in dressing up. In our country, there are several local customs which remain to exist throughout the centuries, despite being somewhat forgotten by younger generations. Even if you are one of those who dislike being silly, you should not miss the opportunity to visit a small town in Greece to enjoy the most popular Greek carnival fest. You can immerse yourself into the Greek carnival traditions through modern carnival parades, in Renti or Moschato of Athens, Patra, Rethymno or Ksanthi.
According to Greek mythology, the city of Athens owes its name to goddess Athena. The story regarding the name of Greece's capital, like many Greek myths, is one of intrigue and grandeur and it begins the way all great tales do...
It is generally known that the Greek language is as difficult as it is fascinating In Greek, we use a variety of words which cannot be adequately translated to other languages, as they describe complex feelings, virtues or situations. Two of our favorite are the words 'filotimo' and 'charmolipi'.
Just like in every language, in Greek, we have thousands of idioms. Some of them are a bit naughty, some of them are wise, but all of them sound absolutely absurd to a non-native speaker. Therefore, if you hear a Greek telling you to “go and cut your neck”, don't be alarmed as this Greek idiom simply translates to “I don't care, do everything necessary about a situation, but do it now”.