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Visiting Athens

Calm but also vigorous, colorful, sophisticated, hip, vibrant: Athens is the ultimate mix of cultural and social life elements. Her beauty lies within the unique combination of these contradictions that you can find in each and every corner of the city. Lots of historical heritage, urban and natural beauty will make you fall in love with the city by first sight.

Athens is considered one of the most vibrant cities across Europe when it comes to nightlife. Are you looking for a cozy, speakeasy place where you can drink cocktails made by awarded bartenders? Or maybe a fancy garden with fine wine selections and some finger food? You name it, Athens ‘s got it. But what about some non-touristy and super-crowded alternatives? Our city has a lot more than meets the eye.

The oldest house in Athens tells a story of the life of Athenian aristocrats before the Greek revolution and paints a picture of their traditions and habits. That being said, there is another story that this old house tells: one of great humanity and faith. It is a story of a Greek woman who faced all the possible challenges but was determined to fight for what she believed in and protect the vulnerable who had no means of defending themselves.

Athens is mostly known around the world for its classical period ruins, such as the Parthenon, the Erecthion, the temple of Hephaestus in the Ancient Agora and so on and so forth. But how about the excellent specimens of neoclassical architecture it boasts, situated in the very heart of a modern city? Doesn’t ring any bells? Well, let us enlighten you then. Neoclassical is the type of architectural and artistic movement that bloomed around the 18th and 19th century in Europe and elsewhere as an effort to revive the classical forms of the Greek antiquity and the subsequent Roman Empire. In Greece as well, this type of architecture was very popular in the 19th and early 20th century, with many examples still standing today, such as the numerous neoklassika (mansions of these type) in the Plaka area, our Parliament building (previously the Royal Palace), the old Parliament House (now the National Historical Museum) the Zappeion Mansion, and of course the best examples of all: The Athenian Trilogy in Panepistimiou str., including the National Library, the University of Athens and the Academy.

Petralona is one of the most aesthetically pleasing neighbourhoods of Athens, located north of Taurus and Kallithea and extending from Piraeus Street to Philopappou Hill and from Hammos Street to Poulopoulos bridge. With its apparent urban vibe, it has arguably been established as a local’s favourite, either for drinking, eating or leisurely wandering.