Athens is the only European city with 148 theatre stages
Every full moon in August museums and galleries stay open until 2am with live performances
Cine Thisio has been declared by CNN as the best open-air cinema in the world
Have a drink under the stars with the stars at an open-air cinema and dance the night away at a club by the beach in Athens Riviera
Have fun and unwind leaving stress and worries behind in Athens, a vibrant city that never sleeps
Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities has many stories to be told; well acclaimed or yet untold, ancient or contemporary, dazzling or out of everyday life, seasonal or all year around, contrasting and yet matching.
This one city of never ending stories is unfolding right before your eyes, in short, crisp and unexpected narratives. Imagine yourself as being one of the characters, part of the plot or simply a light traveller. It all happens in one city that you have to read it to believe it.
Museum Herakleidon presents the history the history of Greek seafaring in the Aegean and the Mediterranean, a history of maritime voyages, achievements in naval architecture, exchange of ideas and technological developments, through about 40 handmade wooden models of Greek ships (0,60 m. to 1,50 m) of excellent, detailed construction with authentic materials, based on naval architectural drawings, following traditional methods, which date from prehistoric times to the middle of the 20th century.
The new exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum "Odysseys" is the main commemorative event on the occasion of the 150th anniversary since the foundation of the Museum. It attempts to give an account of the adventurous journey of man through time considered from an abstract and symbolic perspective that draws its inspiration from the Homeric Odyssey.
Τhe first exhibition, entitled Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp that inaugurated the temporary exhibition spaces of EMST simultaneously with the Program EMST in the World, is a coproduction of EMST and the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA). The exhibition was inaugurated on October 31, 2016 and will last until January 29, 2017, essentially restarting the temporary exhibition activities of the Museum, which had been suspended in 2015 due to the relocation at its permanent home and due to the activities that were taking place for the operation and receipt of the new building.
The exhibition with Treasures from the Collections of the State Hermitage Museum is the culmination of a series of exhibitions and events which the Byzantine and Christian Museum staged in 2016 to celebrate the dedicatory cross-cultural year ‘Greece in Russia, Russia in Greece 2016’. Significant archaeological treasures and works of art that come from the imperial collections of the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg are displayed in the galleries of the Museum for the first time ever. Objects of superb aesthetic and artistic value, which the Czars of the Romanov dynasty collected incessantly for two centuries, initiated by Peter the Great (1672–1725), established since the late 17th century the immensely rich collections of the Hermitage, thereby turning it from 1805 onwards into one of the largest and most significant Museums in the world.
NEON’s exhibition Flying over the Abyss, previously presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete and at the Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki, now tours at the Athens Conservatoire.
Welcome to Athens, the historical capital of Europe with a long rich history and modern vibrations. Let’s take a historic walk and explore charming old-style neighborhoods, oases away from the hustle and bustle of the city center such as Makrygianni, Plaka, Thiseio, Kerameikos, Monastiraki and Psyrri.
Begin your stroll from Syntagma Square, where you can watch the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier in front of the Greek Parliament. After your souvenir photo next to the immovable statuette guards, take ermou street, one of the busiest shopping spots in Athens, towards Monastiraki.
Nearby, you will find posh Kolonaki, with its beautiful parks and attractive buildings. It’s the ideal area for shopping, where you can find the most expensive commercial shops in addition to popular cafes and luxury restaurants to enjoy before or after you go to the shops.
Agia Eirini Square. Names after the beautiful church of St. Irini (Agia Irini), the area became over the last few years one of the hottest – if not THE hottest – spots in town! Once home to Athens’ flower markets, today the square and the surrounding streets are lined with coffee-shops, eateries, and trendy bistro bars that will serve you inspiring cocktails and food including brakfasts, snacks, and main meals. On weekends the area is packed with young people while you ‘ll find events and live performances by numerous musicians.
The reconstruction of Syggrou Avenue is among the most important renovations in the coming years. The new Syggrou Avenue will become vehicle and pedestrian friendly, as well as assemble the metropolitan cultural life in the 21st century.
Go sailing, cycling and savour the locally produced wines in a city full of surprises.
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