Alternative Holidays in Greece
Travel to the historical city of Athens21-11-2014 14:12
One of the oldest cities in the world, Athens is the capital of Ancient and modern Greece and is considered the birthplace of Western civilisation. The Parthenon shines brightly up on the Acropolis, overlooking the city as one of the world’s most famous monuments – instantly recognisable and celebrated as a symbol of Classical Greek architecture. When Athens was preparing to host the 2004 Summer Olympics, construction of the underground metro encountered so many archaeological significant sites that delays lasted for years. The city is home to dozens of archaeology institutes and museums, with academics studying the best of Hellenic art, culture and architecture. Today, the economic crisis, high unemployment and unpopular austerity measures have depressed prices across the Greek property market. However, the finance minister recently announced that the recovery should start to be seen in 2014.
“Currently, prices are at very attractive levels,” said Theo Bosdas, managing director of Engel & Völkers Athens. “The real estate market for foreign buyers is starting to show its strength.” Districts close to the Acropolis, such as Plaka, are in demand by foreigners who want to be near the heart of the tourist areas. However prices are still low. “These areas have not experienced a solid stream of demand that would allow prices to show an uptick,” Bosdas explained. Other popular areas include the luxury districts in city’s north, such as residential Dionysus and upmarket Kifissia, which includes the quarter of Politia and nearby Ekali. Also very desirable is the area south of the city known as the Athens Riviera, with seaside suburbs such as posh Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni. A two-bedroom house or flat in these areas rents for four to 10 euros per square metre, and similar properties in these areas cost between 2,000 and 6,000 euros per square metre.
The Marmita Restaurant is now a part of the history of Santorini, since it has been operating in Megalochori since 2004. From 2013 it s been running under the observation of new owner Giannis Manikas and the sense of renewal is obvious.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
It opened in 2004 and soon became one of the favourite dining spots in Santorini. It is called Metaxy mas which means.. between us, but it is not a secret any more that this restaurant has a rich menu with almost 40 different dishes and appetizers based on traditional Greek cuisine.
Like a relay race of three generations; a journey with happy days, sad days, joys, sorrows, wars, Occupation, poverty, hunger, deaths, volcanic eruptions, catastrophic earthquakes, flee for a better life, return, better days, feasts, tourism explosion, financial crises and so on… Everything has been indelibly inscribed on the walls of this small building, Aktaion. I feel grateful that life has given me the opportunity to hold the reins of Aktaion all the way to its centennial.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
We have been choosing Parea Tavern for our meals and dinners for 14 years! Every time someone from Touristorama travels to the island of Santorini, he enjoys authentic Greek cuisine at the terrace of this restaurant in the heart of Fira. And we are not the only ones. Thousands of tourists include it among their favorites on the volcanic island.