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Both photos: Athens
offers winding alleys
and historic sights.

GREECE
In every sense of the word, Greece is
the most classic country in Europe. Go
for place-in-the-sun island-hopping in
the Cyclades or Ionian islands, dining
deliciously in tavernas, and meandering
wondrously around ancient sites and
architectural treasures. Experience a land
of truly mythical proportions.
ATHenS is the wellspring of Western
civilization, where such ancient glories as
the Parthenon-one of three temples-
sits atop the Acropolis hill, and where
at the excellent Acropolis Museum,
visitors can peer through glass panels into
the ongoing excavations of an ancient
Athenian neighborhood and an early
Christian settlement. It's not surprising that
Athens is a museum town par excellence:
don't overlook the fabulous Benaki
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Museum, and maybe make time for the
capital's newest, the national Museum
of Contemporary Art. Also newly open
is the Stavros niarchos Foundation
Cultural Center, which will become the
official home of the Greek National Opera.
Performance art that everyone enjoys is
traditional Greek dancing, on stage at the
Dora Stratou Dance Theater. To mix
with the Greeks and their visitors, head for
Plaka, the oldest neighborhood
in Athens.
Past also meets present in the local
hotel scene. The hip, boutique neW Hotel
in the Syntagma neighborhood offers 79
minimal-style rooms. Right on Syntagma
Square is the grande dame Hotel Grande
Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel,
boasting a rooftop restaurant with one
of the best Acropolis views. Scheduled
to open in spring 2018 is the first Four

Seasons in Greece: the company
will reflag the two hotels that make up
Greece's beachfront Astir Palace Resort,
occupying a 75-acre peninsula 16 miles
south of Athens.
There are two essential day trips from
Athens: the magnificent Temple of
Poseidon by the sea at Cape Sounion
(42 miles), and Delphi (130 miles). Do try
to spend the night in Delphi to see the
sun set and rise over the most beautiful
classical site in Greece. Of course, most
visitors include time in the Greek Islands,
departing from Athens' port of Piraeus.
Reached by hydrofoil, the closest are
the Saronic Islands, and among them,
Hydra, with its handsome stone mansions
overlooking the picture-postcard harbor
will capture your island-loving heart. ◆

FASTFACTS
GETTING THERE:
Athens: Seasonally through JFK;
connecting through AMS, CDG, and
FCO year-round
ENTRY DOCUMENTS: Valid passport
INFORMATION PLEASE:
visitgreece.gr


http://www.visitgreece.gr

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