Athens Travel Guide


Athens Festival

The city of Athens’ cultural showcase is the two-phase Athens Festival, held every summer since 1955 at the magnificent 2000 year old Herod Atticus Odeon, built in 161AD. The ancient tiered theatre nestles at the foot of the Acropolis and during summer and autumn resounds each evening to the tune of symphony orchestras, classical drama and dance, and operatic performances. The large and varied programme of international and Greek artists is available from the Athens Festival office on Stadiou Street.

Traditional Greek Dance Festival

The warmth and energy of the Greek people is nowhere better demonstrated than in their traditional dancing, and this can be witnessed in fine style each summer night (except Mondays) at the theatre established by Greek folk expert, Dora Stratou, on Philopappus Hill in Athens. The dancers in each show do full justice to the costumes and ancient routines that make up each packed performance. Venue: Dora Stratou Theatre, Scholiou 8, Plaka, Athens; Date: Every night except Monday at 10pm from May to September

Rockwave Festival

Since it was first held in 1996 Athens’ Rockwave Festival has become one of Europe’s most popular annual live rock music events, drawing the hottest performers and an enthusiastic crowd of tens of thousands. The music fest takes place over three days, featuring three stages offering different types of music: metal, rock and dance.

Lycabettus Hill Festival

A perfect way to spend the hot summer nights in Athens in stunning surroundings and with first class entertainment is to attend some of the items presented at the annual Lycabettus Hill contemporary arts festival. The various performances take place in the open-air theatre atop the hill which provides magnificent views across Athens. The programme includes contemporary jazz, pop, rock and dance shows. For more information contact the Athens Tourist Office on +30 (0)210 327 1300/2

Public Holidays

1 Jan - New Year's Day
Feb/Mar - First Sunday in Lent
Mar/Apr - Good Friday
Mar/Apr - (Orthodox) Easter Sunday
25 Mar - Greek Independence Day
28 Oct - Ohi Day
26 Dec - St Stephen's Day
15 Aug - Feast of the Assumption
6 Jan - Epiphany
1 May - Spring Festival/Labour Day
25 Dec - Christmas Day


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