Eat, stay, play: Where new meets old in Athens

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While the shuttered storefronts around downtown indicate an economy still very much in recovery, make no mistake that Athens, the Greek capital, has a vibrant and fighting spirit. Despite everything the country has been through since 2008, there are new restaurants, stores, cultural institutions and a strong artistic presence. One big coup: Documenta, the longstanding

Miracle in Athens as Greek tourism numbers keep growing

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Miracle in Athens as Greek tourism numbers keep growing. Worries about Turkey and north Africa have seen healthy, and rising, visitor numbers to Greece. Which is welcome in a sector that provides a fifth of all jobs. It’s been a busy winter in downtown Athens, where scaffolding, tarpaulins and dust have been symbols of hope:

Greek gift: Athens’ new cultural centre

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This stunning park, garden and culture hub, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and designed by Renzo Piano, will, controversially, be handed over to the state at the end of 2017. A man sails in front of the newly built Athens national Opera and library buildings at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens, Greece.

Tourism Minister: Impressive Rise in Bookings to Greece for 2018

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Bookings to Greece for the 2018 season are seeing an impressive increase compared to last year, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura said on Friday. Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura inaugurating the HORECA 2018 expo. Speaking on the opening day of the Horeca 2018 exhibition in Athens, Minister Kountoura noted that until now, bookings from Greece’s traditional

Why Athens is the perfect city for an autumn break

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Longing for one last blast of warmth before winter sets in? Look no further than Athens. Go now Summer lingers in Athens (thisisathens.org), which basks in a glow of 68F (20C) as October slips into November. A wide range of flights also make it a feasible destination. British Airways (ba.com) flies in from Heathrow, Ryanair