Spring has come and Athens has put on her beautiful floral dress. The city smells like the blossoming bitter orange trees (‘’nerantzia’’ tree) and the nights have become sweeter. The sunset is at 8pm and all sorts of wanderers are strolling around meeting friends. They are visiting cool exhibitions, they are going to funky concerts and they enjoy life in the vibrant city of Athens!
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April is full of events, so if you find yourself in Athens don’t miss them out!
If you have already visited the Acropolis, but you still want to travel back in time, then the CRETE – EMERGING CITIES: APTERA, ELEUTHERNA, KNOSSOS exhibition will suit you perfectly. It includes around 500 artifacts (some newly excavated) presented to the public for the very first time. Some of the displays relate to the cities’ founding myths, their religious beliefs and the public lives. Others are dedicated to personal stories such as a child from Knossos buried with his toys (for more info).
It is hosted at the one of a kind Cycladic Museum of Athens and it is highly reccommended dropping by (you will have the opportunity to see its magnificent permanent exhibition as well).
Moreover, the centrally located National Archaeological Museum provides an ideal cultural panorama from the 7th millennium BC to the 5th c. AD. Visitors can combine the NAM with a visit to the charming Byzantine & Christian Museum (just next to the War Museum) where you will acquire a well rounded perception about Greece’s present.
If you feel satisfied with the archaeological sightseeing and you wish to learn more about the modern art scene of Greece, then you should check out the outstanding exhibition of YIANNIS MORALIS, the ‘’Master teacher’’ and artist who has influenced the greek post-war art scene, at Benaki Museum (for more info).
In case you are more into contemporary art, then you should not miss the STUDIOS IN TIME: 10 WOMEN ARTISTS. This exhibition, functions as an abstract conversation between 10 artists who use different media to capture their inspiration. It is hosted at the beautiful Frissiras Museum, in Plaka (for more info).
Ιf you are an art lover but you are in a mood for a beer, and even better for a greek beer, be at Amaxostasio Gazi (an old industrial building) for the Made in Beer Festival 2019. A great variety of greek and international beers will be waiting for you to try them. Also, you will have the opportunity to enjoy concerts and after parties in the same space.
Just across the street, you will find Technopolis, an interesting complex of buildings, mostly made of bricks, which used to be the first gas factory in Athens. Nowadays, it hosts various exhibitions and events and the Industrial Gas Museum.
Since Greeks know how to party, don’t forget to try a cocktail in one of the hottest spots of the city, TIKI BAR. Located in Koukaki, only 2 minutes from Acropolis metro station, TIKI BAR is cool for one more reason: Cocktail to Go service, with 10% discount!
Last but not least, on the 28th of April is Easter Sunday! If it happens to be in Athens without any plans, here we have gathered some options of tavernas and hotels where they cook traditional easter greek food and they host exceptional events. Having a reservation is adviced as it is a busy day for them.
- Pipinios Taverna, in Stamata
- Ta Vlachika, in Vari
- Paraga, in Mikrolimano Piraeus
- Saint George Lycabettus Hotel
- Hilton Athens
- The Margi Hotel, in Vouliagmeni
Enjoy your stay in Athens!