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Athens Flying week at Tanagra airport 2019

Are you tired from classical Plaka routes? Are you looking for something really unique while in Athens?

Here is a proposal that will blow your mind, since between September 21-22, Athens Flying Week is happening in Tanagra Air base, just one hour drive from Athens! And you regret not getting there if you are in the city and see aircrafts flying above your head and wonder where did they come from!!!!

So, even if Athens is not famous for any extraordinary experience, if you are lucky enough and find yourself in Athens on September, Tanagra is the place: free parking, air show, photoshooting, a trade fair, modelling, restaurants, cafes, happenings and a playground for our little friends.

Here is a video for 2018 event:

Aviation Spotters for 2019

The event offers full packages for aviation spotters, offering a special area for better view. The event for them starts on September 18th, when aircrafts arrive, on the test day on 20th and finally on their departure day on 23rd of September. Also they are granted special access to all areas.

You can find tickets for the event here. They only place that someone who visits Athens cannot find here is a ….library!!! Hope you enjoy the show!

Kalimarmaro Stadium and Ardettos Hill today

Plaka Running?

Well, if you are a runner, maybe Plaka streets disappoint you, maybe not. The good news is that all around Plaka there are either few or no cars, so no worries about traffic, lights, etc. The bad news are that there is no real track you can enjoy running, like these that exist around Panathenaic Stadium. Important! The Entrance is behind the stadium, not at the front Avenue, but at 16 Archimidous street (Pagrati). 

If you insist on running at Plaka, we have one secret option: start from the tickets of the Acropolis (opposite Acropolis museum) and follow the road up to where Acropolis Cave tavern is. You can follow that route and with the use of stairs (apologies for that) you can cross Anafiotika and get to the other side of Acropolis.

Another area that is close to Plaka and you can exercise is National Garden.

 

Pikionis pathway

Athens Seven hills running

Well, another interesting option- but quite harder- is to run across Pikionis pathway. But you have to be really careful while running, since the pavement was not designed for runners, but for walking.

You can start either from Areopagitou pedestrian and enter Filopappou monument (left direction) or continue straight and get to Thisseion. This route is without any cars, so you have nothing to be afraid of.

Tip: there is place you can drink water, a public spot next to the guard’s kiosk at Pnyx hill. 

 

Authentic Marathon running

About Authentic Marathon, there is the top running experience in the world. The event takes place every November (for 2019 the date in November 10th) and the registrations open every April. Hope to see you there!

Saronikos is not that famous as Acropolis and Plaka in Athens, but it is a must if you want to spend more days in Greek capital. Besides mountains and  even lakes, Athens offers really many options for someone to explore cultural and historical places by the sea.

There are many options regarding the way you can explore Saronikos islands. Either by an one day cruise, or by sailing boat, or by daily excursions to each island. If you need more information on that, you can drop us an email.

So how you could do it.

Either by booking a ticket from any travel agency in Athens for that daily sea cruise (it is just one), leaving early each morning from a near to Piraeus Port, gets you to Hydra, then Poros, and then Aigina.

By sailing boat, you can book (quite early though) a boat with a skipper, and organise a tour around Saronikos islands, that could last for few days or maximum a week, you can arrange that according to your program. The best approach to that is if you are a group of friends.

By car, you can drive down to Peloponnesus and reach Porto- Heli or Ermioni, where you get a sea taxi to Spetses. Sea taxi are more expensive maybe, but you have the option to have a car with you, in case you feel sea sick. You can also get a sea taxi to Hydra as well.

Also you can get by car to Methana at Peloponnesus as well, and get to Poros easily or Aigina.

Another option is to get from Piraeus by car to Perama, after Piraeus port and get a ferry to Salamis– its just 15 minutes and the ticket is really cheap.

All the above ways are options that want to show to you how easy it is to combine an island to your visit at Athens!

August full moon in Athens

An experience for all of those who are in Greece during summer. For some, visiting Athens for the full moon is a must, but the lucky ones are also those who are everywhere around the country, since the Ministry of Culture celebrates with events. If you are near Acropolis, a place to be around is Pikionis Pathway around Filopappou hill.

If you want to combine a night at an open air cinema, check here. As for 2019, the hotspots of the celebrations besides Athens are:

Wednesday August 14th 2019 Crete

Archeological site of Aptera, open 20.00-24.00

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Full moon Thursday August 15th 2019- Northern Greece (Macedonia)

Komotini: Open archaeological museum from 20.00-24.00

Ancient Theatre of Maronia, open from 20.00-24.00.

Thessaloniki: Live concert from 20.00-23.00

Aiges Archeological site, concert starting at 21.00

Ancient Theatre of Mieza, live concert starting at 21.00

Pella museum, live concert at 21.00-23.00

Archeological sites of Logos Edessa, Pella and Dion, open 20.00-24.00

 

Thursday August 15th 2019- Northern Greece (Epirus)

Dodoni archeological site, live concert 20.00-24.00

Ioannina castle, live concert 20.00-24.00

Nikopoli Archaeological museum open from 20.00-24.00

 

Thursday August 15th 2019-  Ionian islands

Lefkada- Agia Mavra Castle

Corfu old Fortress, music event

 

Thursday August 15th 2019-  central Greece 

Agrinio, Archeological museum, concert (21.00-23.00)

Nafpaktos, Cervantes Park, concert, 21.00-23.00

Delphi, archeological site, open until 24.00

Theba, archeological museum, free entrance from 08.00-20.00

 

Thursday August 15th 2019- Peloponnesus 

Archeological Museum of Patra, open 20.00-24.00

Olympia, Archaeological museum & Archeological site, open 21.00-24.00, plus concert

Archeological site of Epicurius Apollo, concert 21.00-24.00

Chlemoutsi medieval castle, open 20.00-24.00

Nafplio, Palamidi castle, concert, open 20.00-24.00

Ancient Corinth, open 20.00-24.00

Isthmia, open 20.00-24.00

Ancient Nemea, open 20.00-24.00

Ancient Sikyon, open 20.00-24.00

Kalamata Archaeological site castle open until 24.00

Mantinia ancient theatre, concert

 

Thursday August 15th 2019- North Aegean islands

Lemnos, Mythimna fortress, concert

Chios, archeological site of Emporio, open 19.00-01.00 (next day) with free guidance

Chios Castle, Ioustiniani Palace at Chios castle, 21.00-01.00 (next day)

Chios Byzantine museum, 21.00-01.00

Samos, archeological museum Vathy, 20.00-24.00

Samos, Ireon archeological site, open 20.00-24.00

Ikaria, Archeological museum of Agios Kirikos, open 20.00-24.00

 

Thursday August 15th 2019- South  Aegean islands

Rhodes, ancient acropolis, open 20.00-24.00 (maybe a concert will take place)

Mykonos, archeological museum, 21.00-24.00

Tinos, Kionia, Poseidon sanctuary, open 21.00-24.00

Naxos, Yria, open 21.00-24.00

Paros, Archeological museum, open 21.00-24.00

Sifnos, archeological site saint Andreas, open 21.00-24.00

Milos, archeological museum, open 21.00-24.00

 

Thursday August 15th 2019- Crete

Heraklio areological museum Garden, concert 20.00

Gortys archeological site, concert

Tylissos archeological site, Jazz concert 21.00

 

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Extra days and events

Friday August 16th 2019 

Ionian islands, Kefalonia, Castle of Saint George Peratata, open 20.00-23.00

Crete, Malia archaeological site, open 21.00 plus live concert

Peloponnesus, Ancient Sparta Acropolis, live concert 20.30-24.00

Macedonia, Dion archeological site, musical festival 20.00-24.00

 

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Saturday August 17th  2019

Peloponnesus, Gytheio, Mavrovounio castle (Goulades), live concert 20.30-24.00

 

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Sunday August 18th 2019 

Thessaly- Larissa Diahronico Museum: live concert

Crete: British school at Knossos, musical night, 20.30

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Monday August 19th  2019

Epirus- Arta Archeological museum, live concert, 20.00-24.00

Macedonia- Amfipolis Archeological site, live concert 20-23.00

 

 

Tickets for Acropolis

Plaka, Athens and prices

Coming to a new city bears questions regarding how much some products, tickets or services cost. Even if Athens is not such an expensive capital compared to other European ones, here are some prices as a guide to use it while walking to Plaka’s streets.

 

Food & drink 

Water (half a litre) 0,5 -1 euro

Cafe: 3-4 euros

Souvlaki: 2-3 euros

Cigarettes (a packet): 4-5 euro

An average served restaurant dish: 7-8 euros

An expensive served restaurant dish: 14-16 euros

A glass of wine: 5 euros (served)

One beer 500 ml: 6 euros

A drink at a bar: 7-8 euros

A cocktail drink: 10-12 euros

A bottle of wine: 20 euros

A bottle of alcohol at a nightclub: 60-80 euros

 

Transport & transfer 

Metro- public bus ticket: 1,5 euros lasting for 90 minutes

Metro ticket to the airport: 10 euros

Taxi from Athens to the airport: (day) 38 euros, (night) 54 euros

Ferry ticket to Saronikos islands: 7-10 euros

Ferry ticket to Aegean islands: 20-30 euros (even higher sometimes)

A ferry ticket for a car: starting from 50 euros going up to 250 for Crete itinerary.

 

Experiences in Athens cost 

Acropolis museum: 10 euro

Acropolis hill (and all the visiting nearby area): 20 euros

A public archeological site without museum (not Acropolis): 2-6 euros

A museum ticket: depends, normally 8-12 euros

A cinema ticket: 7 euros

A theatre ticket: 15 euros

A festival ticket: depends, around 10-20 euros

A ticket for a hotel pool: 15-30 euros

Churches: free entrance is everywhere in Orthodox churches (donations are welcome, by lightning a candle).

 

Gifts and Souvenirs Tips

Jewellery prices have to difference anywhere.

Handmade items are definitely cheaper that rest of Europe.

Food products (olive oil, honey, etc) as Greece is an agricultural economy as well is much cheaper.

Fashion and design items: Greece has many things to show to the world and offer them in competitive prices.

Greek souvenirs: made in china, so not highly recommended..

Art Galleries: Athens has many galleries, with many many options.

 

Of course all the above prices are indicative and you can find more expensive services around the city if you wish… But knowing the above makes you more sure you can navigate the city more safe! enjoy and you wish anything more drop us an email!

Need 24/7 monuments?

Ok, Athens is full of sites and monuments.Still, If you are in Athens when the Acropolis entrance or the museum are closed, here is a top-5 list with top-monuments you can visit anytime.

  1. Lysicrates monument at Plaka. One of top attractions, the monument of Lysicrates marking the most ancient street of Europe is located at the centre of Plaka, the monument is 24/7 accessible to the public, while there are many restaurants/bars where you can find open until 1-2 o’clock at night.
  2. Monument of the Unknown Soldier, at Syntagma. One of the top Athens attractions, located at the centre of the city, the monument was built for the relatives of the lost Greek soldiers during wars. It is 24/7 accessible and guarded, and if someone is lucky enough can watch Change of Guards.
  3. Monument of Philopappus hill. A roman-times structure, on the top of Philopappus hill.
  4. Statue of Lord Byron. The statue is located at the Zappeion square, a huge block where the Greek Parliament, the monument of the unknown soldier, National Garden and Zappeion are. Next to it, is a new statue of teenager Alexander the Great (without arms).
  5. Panathenaic stadium. There is an entrance to it, but to enter the actual stadium. You can still admire it while passing from there.
  6. Pnyx & Areopagus hills. The hill of Pnyx is where democracy was born, one of the seven hills of Athens. You have to walk there, and it is a bit difficult for someone without a guide at night since it is actually a small forest, with many trees and paved way. You have to pass Loumpardiaris church and turn right (from Acropolis) and after 100 meters walk you find the entrance at your right hand. After 100 more meters you reach the main site. There is a security person always there. If you want to continue walking, you can walk until NOA hill and get to Thisseio area and Petralona- use also Pikionis pathway. Areopagus hill is opposite Acropolis entrance and is also open. Be careful since there are some stairs carved on the rock- better to use the modern installation to climb the hill.

Here are some suggestions for those who really don’t want to miss anything from Athens, even at night!

 

Medea and other friends made in Athens poster

Looking for a theater or a theatrical play for children while in Athens?

“Medea and other friends I made in Athens” is the only theater show performed in English in Athens, specially written for visitors of the city who wish to complete their experience of Greece.

The play follows the adventures of a present day tourist who, while visiting the Acropolis, slips and gets knocked out. When he wakes up, he finds himself transported back to the 5th century B.C., Athens.

Michael Kalambokis and Alexandra Voutzouraki have directed a troupe of young, extremely talented actors who with the assistance of the KOILON production team, manage to entertain audiences, of every nationality, with the deep, timeless messages of the ancient Greek civilization in the most entertaining and uncomplicating way.

Performances will take place daily at the ‘Athenian Stage’ theatre, at 3pm until 15th June and at 6pm from the 16th June until the end of October.

The show is quite vivid, and the scenario flows. The actors are really young and close to children. Quite pleasant and hospitable people.

In case you need more information, here it is!

Pricing: 

Ticket prices are 18€ for adults, 14€ for children (up to 12 years old) / students / disabled visitors

Dates: June 15th- end of October 2019

Where:

Hope we have the chance to meet you there, at Koilon theatre, Tzireon 13 Athens.

For info please call +3069779914706

Besides museums, Athens gives much more cultural experience’ opportunities!

Who hasn’t read about the battle of Salamis between the Greeks and the Persians, that gave Greece its independence and global glory? This ship that General Themistocles based his strategy was trireme.  Athenians built their global trade routes but also their defence on these ships. Do we know how they were? The answer is yes.

Olympias is a trireme constructed during 1985-1987, according to the research of historian J.S. Morrison and naval architect J.F. Coates, funded by Greek Navy. It will be open to the public during the “Sea Days” festival, organised by the municipality of Piraeus.

The ship was transported to Great Britain in 1993, to be a part of celebrations for the 2.500 years of democracy. In 2004 Athens Olympics she was used to transport the Olympic Flame, during the Athens Olympic Torch Relay. Today it is an exhibit in a dry dock at Faliron.

For five days this May Olympias will be accessible to people at Marina Zeas. Visitors are kindly asked not to wear heels, in order not to destroy the deck. Also no pets are allowed, so as food and drinks (during the visit).

Dates: May 3rd 2019- May 7th 2019

Hours: 10.00 -13.30 & 17.00-20.00

Place: Marina Zeas, Piraeus

Link in Greek from Sea Days festival hereAlso here is the official page of the trireme, but if you want more info regarding the Trireme Trust, click here

All those who visit Plaka, make a pass from Anafiotika, that are considered a must visit while in Athens.

Why there are so astonishing? it is a combination actually from characteristics

  1. They are built ON the rock. Seriously. Just like that. It is quite obvious and interesting observing such buildings today.
  2. They look like Aegean’s island houses, white and blue. Small & White houses in the Aegean, were made for two reasons:  They are whitewashed actually and this is a disinfectant material for rural areas, that islands are, or at least were before tourism prevails. They are small and built on rocks, because their inhabitants were trying to hide themselves from pirates.
  3. They were built illegally actually, so quite rapidly.
  4. They were mostly but around 1830-1850. Around them there are neoclassical buildings, a really interesting comparison for the eye..
  5. There are many churches, which are a miracle of architecture and respect to the natural environment.
  6. There are also many trees and plants around the area, that gives a very unique essence of nature. Nature is wise.
  7. People still live there. Really.
  8. When you walk around Anafiotika, you have a feeling of losing in time, or feeling like a kid playing in the streets, for anyone that has still the luxury to live that… You just forget who you are, where are you…
  9. You know that above your head is Acropolis and Parthenon, the top monument that human ever made, a natural combination of mathematics and aesthetics.
  10. These streets make you feel ancient Athenian, take you to Athens Agora, or the Olympian Zeus temple… you live real history in the oldest city of Europe and western civilisation.

 

Are you still home? Before booking your flight, maybe you have to contact us!

Ragavas church and March 25th

As mentioned before, Ragavas church was built in 11th century. Modern Greek history starts with the War of Independence at 1821. Even if the Greek war of Independence started on March 17th at Areopoli, Mani area at Peloponnesus, it is officially celebrated on March 25th. So March the 25th is a unique day to be in Athens and Greece. Military parades and Orthodox celebration, with a special bakaliaros-skordalia dish served everywhere. Spring has sprung everywhere in Greece, including Athens and Plaka!

But as for Plaka, there is something more. Every March the 25t at the 11th century dated church of Agios Nikolaos Ragavas, (Prytaneiou 1), people ring the same bell that its sound marked Athens’ freedom from Ottoman occupation, back in 1833!!!!
Made in Italy, this bell was secretly kept in Athens for centuries. When the Ottoman occupation of Athens was over, the bell was uncovered and its sound was heard everywhere around Athens!!!! Nowadays, there is a special liturgy on March the 25th, and when it is over, around 10.30-11 o clock at the morning, people start to ring the bell and feel the same feeling of freedom and liberation!!!!

So before Easter, visiting Plaka includes one more event for you be there.

Christian Orthodox faith is more similar to Catholic and less to Protestant. This is why Balkan countries have so many differences from western Europe areas. But there is one more difference between Christian european countries and those which were occupied by Islam, especially Ottoman Turks.

The social oppression to non-muslim groups during Ottoman occupation was a fact. Christians were actually hiding their faith, unless they chose conversion to Islam. Greece generally kept their Orthodox faith during both the Latin and Ottoman occupation. Nowadays you can discover many Orthodox churches in Plaka and Athens, which you should visit them on their celebration date. Feeling Orthodox in Athens is definitely a must!!!