Hills of Athens Panoramic
Three famous hills of Athens. Straight ahead, Lycabettus Hill towers above the city as the highest point of Athens. Crowds gather on Areopagus Hill. A couple enjoy the scenery from Pnyx Hill. Photograph: Why Athens

City Life: Culture, Trends, People 

What is Athens?

We explore the culture, trends and people that make up modern Athens today. With new ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit, Athens is in the midst of a start-up movement. Our Athenian Stories and Video sections uncovers this new way of thinking that seems to be growing, spurring dynamic change in and around the city.

  • Kifissia Athens Shopping Guide

    A day out in Kifissia

    An ex-pat Briton and Kifissia local, maps out the lush, green suburb of northern Athens. Timeless charm and elegance are synonymous with Kifissia, one of the oldest and most beautiful suburbs of Athens. A 30-minute train ride from downtown, Kifissia has been a summer retreat for wealthy Athenians and philosophers since Roman times due to…

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  • Neoclassical Buildings Athens Zappeion

    Beautiful neoclassical buildings in Athens

    In the charmingly cluttered Athens, examples of glorious neoclassical architecture provide insights into monumental events in Greece’s history since its independence. A walk through central Athens uncovers some of the city’s most beautiful neoclassical buildings. Neoclassical Buildings in Athens Zappeion Hall One of the most important buildings in Athens, the neoclassical Zappeion Hall is closely linked…

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  • Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Outside

    A new age for Athens at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center

    The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is modern architectural elegance at its best. A glass-fronted multi-angular building is built on the edge of the Faliro Delta and perched above a hill that connects and punctuates it into the Athenian skyline. It was in 2006, well before any sign of the global or Greek economic…

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  • Buying Property in Athens Cityscape Suburb

    Buying Property in Athens – things to know about investing in the capital

    Buying property in Athens has never been more enticing. It’s a city blessed by the gods with its crystal blue coastline, magical sunsets and mountainous landscape. But before you sign on the dotted line in a post-holiday haze, it helps to do some homework. Greece has traditionally been a nation of land or home owners…

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  • Greek wines Athens Attica

    Greek wines, vines and vineyards of Athens and Attica

    The quality of Greek wines is at an all time high. Many may not know that Athens is surrounded by small historical vineyards that are dotted around the city’s landscape, which you can see from an aeroplane as close to the airport itself. Dionysus god of wine and fertility was worshipped and celebrated in ancient…

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  • Greek Beer Barley Cargo Marios

    Make it a Greek beer please

    Marios Mantzoukis, is somewhat of a beer sommelier and a very passionate one at that. As the co-owner of one of the most comprehensive beer bars in Athens, he is excited and proud of the new and emerging independent Greek beer industry that is producing first-rate beers and winning awards all over the world. So…

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