Aug 25, 2016

Lazy days discovering the Athens of August

When is the best time to visit Athens? From a demographic and population standpoint, you’ll (not) be surprised that the best time to avoid the crowds in Athens is in fact during the month of August. August symbolises the zenith of the summer, and it is usually the time when the Athenians choose to take their annual summer holidays, the majority of which choose to spend their long awaited vacations in their provincial summer homes, going back to their familial residences often hundreds of kilometers away from the city.

Aug 4, 2016

Athens and Epidavros Festival 2016 Theatre shows

Summer is now in it’s peak as the month of August is upon us, bringing with it warm temperatures, some meltemia winds and an influx in travellers, the majority of which seeking to  move on to the cooler, coastal island destinations. However, Athens during August can exhilarating, certainly entertainment wise!

Jul 21, 2016

Athens celebrates mid-summer with open air cinemas!

A warm summer night, a much desired breeze, the scent of jasmine blossoms, a sky full of stars and an outdoor silver screen; this is how Athenians choose to spend some of their mid-summer nights.
Athens enjoys splendid weather so the city would remiss in not providing for several outdoor, open-air cinemas that are one of the locals favourite pastime.

Jul 14, 2016

3 + 1 East Attica beaches to discover from Maroussi!

With Maroussi and the Civitel Olympic and Attik as a base, guests have the opportunity of getting to know some of the most popular beaches in the east Attica region. As the summer season is approaching a zenith, and although our Attik swimming pool is definitely the coolest spot in Athens town, you may have the urge to cool yourselves further away than our refreshing oasis, in a more natural setting.

Jun 17, 2016

Star-gazing in Athens: The Penteli Astronomical Station!

Very close to our Athens based hotels, Olympic and Attik, lies an astronomical treasure. At a distance of about 20 odd minutes, our guests can have a... galactic experience by visiting the Penteli Astronomical Station (PAS).

Jun 15, 2016

Botanical Park of Crete: A homage to Cretan soil

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The Botanical Park of Crete lies in Fournies, 17km from the center of Chania, and by extension, from our Akali hotel. Within a matter of 20 minutes by car, our guests can find themselves in a botanical oasis, amidst 20 hectares of lush greenery.

May 20, 2016

DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art

Photo credits: Dimitris Kalapodas

Greece is well known for its antiquity and classical pieces of Art, like Venus de Milo, the Caryatides, Hermes with the Infant Dionysus or the countless pottery that have been found; however there also exists a generation of contemporary artists who steal the spotlight now and then. One of the main aspects that may have left contemporary art behind in Greece could be the lack of a central national Museum of Contemporary Art, a fact that may change soon. To overcome this, many foundations and art spaces have been dedicated in contemporary arts of work, with few of them standing above the rest, due to their expertise, their continuous support for younger artists and elaborate exhibitions. One of these is Deste Foundation of Contemporary Art.