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City of Athens announces schedule of Apokries festivities 2024

The pre-Lent festivities will begin at 11:30 am on Tsiknopempti (March 7) with music and events around Varvakios Market, Monastiraki Square, and the surrounding streets. At 12:00 ...

City of Athens announces schedule of Apokries festivities 2024

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Strikes halt trains & ferries a year after country’s worst rail disaster that killed 57
Strikes halt trains & ferries a year after country’s worst rail disaster that killed 57

The train disaster on the night of Feb. 28, 2023 shocked the country. Many of the victims were university students heading back to class after a public holiday when their passenger train slammed into an oncoming cargo train after the two were accidentally put onto the same track heading in opposite directions. Wedn...

Public transport to be affected by 24-hour nationwide strike on Wednesday
Public transport to be affected by 24-hour nationwide strike on Wednesday

The air traffic controllers' union decision to join a 24-hour strike called by the civil servants' federation (ADEDY) has been ruled illegal by an Athens court. Therefore flights will be carried out as scheduled in Greece's airports. More specifically, Athens buses and trolleys have announced work stopp...

Athens Taxis strike on February 27th - 28th
Athens Taxis strike on February 27th - 28th

The drivers have voiced vehement opposition to the government’s economic policies, labeling them as a catalyst for conflict. They argue that these policies systematically undermine various forms of independent entrepreneurship throughout Greece. Amidst the strike action, SATA plans to convene a comprehe...

Thousands rally in Athens as Greek farmers step up protests
Thousands rally in Athens as Greek farmers step up protests

Police estimate at least 8,000 farmers with 130 tractors joined the protest on Syntagma square, echoing grievances at similar demonstrations in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Italy. "This is our answer to the Greek government," a 53-year-old farmer who gave his name as Grigoris said. "W...

Traffic restrictions announced for farmers' rally today downtown
Traffic restrictions announced for farmers' rally today downtown

Police representatives said the main concern was to ensure there was no excessive interruption of traffic in the Greek capital. Specificially, tractors will be accompanied by patrol cars from Kastro (Viotia prefecture) and from Megara (Attica Region) as they travel to Athens. Buses with farmers from various parts o...

Farmers: This is how the transition to Athens will take place - The tractors, the "excursionists" and the police plan
Farmers: This is how the transition to Athens will take place - The tractors, the "excursionists" and the police plan

In the last few hours, farmers, breeders and beekeepers are organizing every detail for their smooth entry into the capital in view of the huge rally, having on their side labor unions, students and mass organizations of Attica. In most areas, the coordinating bodies of the rural associations have met and decided o...

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5 Romantic Ideas to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Athens
5 Romantic Ideas to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Athens

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Student rallies against private universities continue this week
Student rallies against private universities continue this week

Protesters gathered outside the Hellenic Education Ministry. A follow-up rally is planned for February 15th. The new bill has been submitted for public consultation for 10 days. The government wants to allow overseas universities to set up branches in Greece that would operate under the national exam system for stu...

Hundreds of protesters opposed to bill allowing same-sex marriage rally in Greek capital
Hundreds of protesters opposed to bill allowing same-sex marriage rally in Greek capital

Greece’s conservative government is sponsoring the bill but it will require votes from center and left opposition parties to be approved. However, even some center-left lawmakers have gone on record as opposing the bill. Organizers of Sunday’s rally — religious groups — described the bill as...

Students block Athens streets to protest private universities possibly coming to Greece
Students block Athens streets to protest private universities possibly coming to Greece

The mostly young demonstrators chanted “hands off education” as they gathered outside the main building of the University of Athens. A giant protest banner draped above the entrance read “Their Profits or Our Education.” The government wants to allow overseas universities to set up branches ...

Sophia, most famous humanoid AI robot, tours Athens
Sophia, most famous humanoid AI robot, tours Athens

According to a press release, Sophia participated in a technology and information event organized by companies from Greece and Cyprus. From the event stage, she announced that she will be back in Greece in March, visiting Rhodes and Nafpaktos.  Sophia speaks 20 languages, including Greek flawlessly, and will p...

Traffic changes downtown due to student protest against non-State universities
Traffic changes downtown due to student protest against non-State universities

The gathering is against a bill allowing the foundation of non-State universities in Greece. The protestors gathered at Propylea on Panepistimiou Street and will march toward Parliament in Syntagma Square.   

Gastronomy in Athens

Dionysos Zonars (Restaurant)

Considered a landmark venue, it is globally well known as the cafe & restaurant providing a panoramic view of the sacred rock of the Acropolis and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Herodion). It combines a prime location with stylish renovated space and more

Peri Lesvou

On Athinas Street, between Omonoia Square and Monastiraki Square, there is the grocery store of Peri Lesvos. Authentic traditional products from Lesvos and Limnos from pasta, honey, ouzo and wines to cosmetics made by the hands of Island’s more

Capanna Trattoria (Italian Restaurant)

This pizzeria / trattoria was designed with the starting point of experiencing outdoor dining. Therefore, when the weather is warm enough, the floor to ceiling windows can slide upwards allowing the restaurant to spill out onto the pavement - giving more

Traffic regulations starting today through 31/3 in the city center due to metro works
Traffic regulations starting today through 31/3 in the city center due to metro works

Temporary traffic regulations in detail: PHASE 1 -The gradual limitation of the width of the road surface of Vasileos Konstantinou Street to a minimum width of approximately 7.50 m from its junction with Sp. Merkouri Street and for a length of approximately 40.00 m. by occupying the right side of the road surfac...

Greek students protest government plan for private universities
Greek students protest government plan for private universities

The conservative government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who won a second term last year, is expected to submit a bill to parliament this month that would permit private universities to operate inside Greece. The government has said they will operate as branches of foreign universities. Many believe the m...

City of Athens holds 'Break the Pomegranate' 3-day festive event
City of Athens holds 'Break the Pomegranate' 3-day festive event

Organized by the 'Booktopia' team, it includes interactive happenings, book stalls, children's activities, DJ sets, gifts for attendees and plenty of street foods and coffee, according to the official announcement. On Friday, a van of the municipal radio station ATHENS 9.84 will be broadcasting live fro...

Athens fills with Christmas Villages
Athens fills with Christmas Villages

From December 23rd to January 6th, 2024, ten Christmas Villages will operate in the same number of neighborhoods, with wooden houses and Santa Claus, with games and various interactive events, constructions, treats, face-painting and many surprises, while Christmas heroes, stilt walkers, animators, puppets, jugglers w...

Christmas hours in effect from today
Christmas hours in effect from today

The shops will be open every day with continuous hours, from 9 am to 9 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm. Moreover, on Sundays 17, 24 and 31 December, shops will be open from 11 am to 6 pm. It is noted that on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December as well as on Monday 1 January and Tuesday 2 January the shops will ...

Central Athens roads closed due to rallies and marches marking Grigoropoulos shooting
Central Athens roads closed due to rallies and marches marking Grigoropoulos shooting

According to police, roughly 500 school and university students, as well as teachers, have gathered at Propylea on Panepistimiou Street for a march to Syntagma square. Panepistimiou street has been closed to vehicles from the junction with Vassilissis Sophia's Avenue, Athinas street has been closed to traffic f...

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