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.

  • Greek ceramics Attic Black Athens

    Preserving an ancient art form

    Archaeological scientist Eleni Aloupi-Siotis and her team of expert potters and painters have become renowned in Greece for their skill and workmanship of creating identical replicas of ancient Greek ceramics. Black glazing and Athenian pottery making flourished during the 5th and 6th centuries BC but the methods the ancient Greeks used eluded even the best scholars….

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  • Greek Sparkling Wines Athens Warehouse CO2 Rose

    Sparkling Wines of Greece at Warehouse CO2

    It’s one o’clock on a Friday afternoon and I’m very happy to be at Warehouse CO2 for the second time since I discovered it. This new all day bar in central Athens showcases sparkling wines from Greece and around the world, with a carefully curated and accessible list of bubblies. I’m certain there will be…

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  • Greek Books Authors English Why Athens

    The Greek reading guide

    We hope you enjoy this introductory reading guide to Greek books by Greek authors. With more and more translations of Greek literature becoming available and thanks to the modern digital age, accessing the works of modern Greek writers has never been easier. Here are a selection of titles we believe are worth sharing with all…

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  • Ladolea Olive Oil

    LADOLEA, an emerging extra virgin olive oil from Corinth

    Brothers, Thanos and Panos Kloutsiniotis established Ladolea three years ago, an emerging olive oil brand that pays tribute to their seaside village of Melissi in the historical region of Corinth in the Peloponnese. Focusing on two indigenous varieties; “megaritiki” that has an intense fruitiness and a pungent aftertaste and “koutsourelia” with a delicate and sweet…

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  • city of athens movie alexandros maragos

    A portrait of a changing metropolis

    In a heart felt dedication to the city he loves, Alexandros Maragos has spent the last three months capturing Athens frame by frame, as part of his non-narrative short film, ‘City of Athens’. Alexandros is an accomplished Athenian filmmaker and an award winning photographer. His credits include the feature documentary Balkan Spirit directed by Hermann…

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  • Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival

    The rising star of Petros Klampanis

    Music composer, bassist and jazz performer, Petros Klampanis is quickly becoming a household name in Greece and highly acclaimed within the international jazz scene. Having grown up on the Greek island of Zakynthos, he was surrounded and influenced by the overlap of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music.   “The reason I fell in love with jazz…

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