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Athens named Europe’s second ‘Best Destination for 2020’

February 10, 2020
European Best Destinations

Athens has been voted the number two European destination for 2020 from 20 “must-see locations” that made the finalists’ list of contenders for the prestigious title organised by European Best Destinations

 

 

More than 600,000 people voted for their favourite European destination with Colmar in France taking the number one spot, Tbilisi in Georgia coming in third, Vienna in Austria fourth and Cascais in Portugal named fifth best.

The competition was held for the 11th consecutive year by the Brussels-based organisation European Best Destinations (EBD), in collaboration with Europe’s leading tourist agencies.

The Greek capital competed with 19 popular European cities: Menorca, Spain; Bydgoszcz, Poland; Sibiu, Romania; Vienna Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; Cascais, Portugal; Namur, Belgium; Reykjavic, Iceland; Rochefort Ocean, France; Cork, Ireland; Heviz, Hungary; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Tbilisi, Georgia; Rijeka, Croatia; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; and Colmar, France.

 

 

 

 

 

EBD announced that Athens is:

“trendier than ever and is a city in constant evolution. Tradition meets modernity in museums and shops, restaurants and bars in Athens. Along with Rome, Athens is the cradle of our civilizations; it is an incredibly dynamic, lively, sparkling open-air museum. With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens merges the past with the present effortlessly. A city of paradoxes and great contrasts, in the country that first invented the courtesy and generosity towards people who are far from their home, hospitality (xenia).”

 

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Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018

May 10, 2018

Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018

 

The Greek calendar is full of cultural festivals and events, especially during the summer months.

One of the most prestigious Greek festivals – that has been running for more than 60 years attracting large audiences from Greece and around the world – is the Athens and Epidaurus Festival.

Taking place annually between June and August, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival features a top line-up of Greek and international theatre, drama, opera, music and dance performances held at various historic and modern venues across Athens as well as at Epidaurus in the Peloponnese.

 

 

The festival is best-known for its ancient venues, namely the amphitheatre of Epidaurus and Athens’ 2nd century BC Odeon of Herodes Atticus; both open-air.

The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is located within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asklepios in the Peloponnese, which is only a 30m drive from picturesque Nafplio and a 2h drive from Athens, whereas the Odeon of Herodes Atticus lies beneath the Acropolis Hill dominating the western end of its southern slope.

Since its inception in 1955, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival has staged world class performances by internationally acclaimed artists spanning across all fields of performing arts; among them some of the biggest names in music, theatre and dance, including – to name but a few – Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Martha Graham and Rudolf Nureyev.

So, it comes as no surprise that this year’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival also boasts an impressive lineup! The festival’s 2018 edition includes world-famous Greek singer Nana Mouskouri, Italian orchestra Il Pomo d’ Oro, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, British violinist Nigel Kennedy, American actor Bill Murray, rock musician Sting and many more.

The Athens leg of the festival opens at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus with Verdi’s “Nabucco” on June 1st and closes with Bizet’s “Carmen” on July 31st, whereas the Epidaurus leg of the festival kicks off on June 29th with Aristophanes’ “The Acharnians” and closes on August 18th with Sophocles’ “Oedipus at Colonus”.

In between and for over a month several classic works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes will be presented every Friday and Saturday at the Epidaurus amphitheatre.

All performances have English subtitles unless otherwise stated. Lastly, Athens’s Pireos 260 venue – another iconic venue of the festival – will be hosting contemporary Greek and international plays. Its inaugural performance is “The Pursuit of Happiness” by the US-based Nature Theatre of Oklahoma on June 1st.

For more information please visit the official site of Athens & Epidaurus Festival or their Facebook page.

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