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3 BASIC CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING THE IDEAL HOTEL

Your next holiday destination has already been decided. Tickets have been purchased, and now the only thing remaining to decide (but perhaps the most important for ensuring a thoroughly successful vacation) is choosing the right hotel.

Location: Central and easily accessible

Where will you stay? Well, naturally – in the heart of the city! Our chosen hotel should be located in a central point within the city, or, better yet, somewhere just beyond the centre with good roads for quick and easy access. This is particularly true in cities known for their traffic problems. Moreover, the ideal hotel should be close to major means of public transport such as buses and subway and naturally should guarantee round-the-clock taxi service and easy car rentals as well. Furthermore, you should feel that you can easily return to your hotel at any time, even for a quick nap or dip in the hotel pool, in order to go back out again, refreshed and ready for further exploration.

The luxurious Hotel Athenaeum InterContinental Athens is located in the centre of the city on one of the capital’s main thoroughfares, Syngrou Avenue, which leads easily and directly to all of the major points of historical and commercial interest. With taxi, bus or car, in ten minutes you can be in the heart of the commercial district, in the traditional neighbourhoods of Plaka or Monastiraki, at the foot of the Acropolis or by the sea.

Lodging: Different rooms for every need

A vast selection of rooms and rates! How we travel: alone, with one other person, with the entire family (with or without nannies and assistants), with a group of friends or other families – all these factors and their consequent requirements influence our choice of hotel accommodations. A double room, two joined doubles or doubles that merely communicate via a shared door, a large family suite, two communicating suites…. The list of options needs to as extensive as our possible demands. And the sine qua non for any room carrying (and respecting) a “luxury” designation is absolute cleanliness and impeccable service.

The Athenaeum InterContinental Athens offers 533 rooms in 6 different categories: Superior rooms, Deluxe rooms, Family rooms, Rooms for persons with special needs (PWD), Club Intercontinental rooms with special club benefits and privileges and Suites of different sizes, kinds and configurations. All of the rooms are characterized by their quintessential cleanliness and state-of-the-art service.

Services & Amenities

Flexible check-in and check-out, Spa, Pool, Gymnasium, private dining and meeting rooms, concierge guide, conference rooms and incredible views! The services and amenities of a hotel to a large extent determine the hotel’s rating and number of stars – as well as the guests’ degree of satisfaction with their stay. Most of a hotel’s amenities depend on its facilities and infrastructure, while its services and quality depend on its staff.

The Athenaeum InterContinental Athens is a luxury 5-star hotel in the heart of Athens featuring state-of-the-art service by friendly, experienced, highly-trained staff who truly understand the art of hospitality. The hotel offers a gymnasium and Spa, outdoor pool, special services for guests staying in Club rooms and suites, a unique view of the Acropolis and surrounding hills and monuments, award-winning restaurants and one of the most beautiful and atmospheric cafés in the city.

THE ATHENS MARATHON – AUTHENTIC AND ORIGINAL

On the 12th of November, yet another classic Marathon will take place in Athens, dedicated to the memory of the Balkan champion Grigoris Lambrakis. This is the true and original Marathon following the classic route, the most demanding – but also the most rewarding – in the world. Entries have been flooding in from all over the world since April 10 for the classic Marathon as well as for the race-walking event, 5k and 10k races and a special race for children!

A tough course, an athletic event, a legend and a story

In the 42,195-meter Athens Marathon, both physical and mental endurance are severely tested, with the mental once again emerging victorious, because this Marathon, the toughest and most punishing for human endurance, demonstrates like no other the true mental strength and spirit of the athletes. And when the athlete’s physical strength falters – that is where mental toughness rises to the occasion, where passion, persistence and love for this special contest created by a legendary messenger comes to the fore. This is where human greatness is cultivated and celebrated.

History – a story…

The Marathon race was introduced into the Olympic programme at the birth of the modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. From 1982, the annual classic Marathon has been dedicated to the memory of the great pacifist athlete, scientist and politician Grigoris Lambrakis, who became a symbol of the struggle for human rights. From 1983 (when the 1st International Athens Peace Marathon was run by 700 mostly Greek athletes) until today, tens of thousands of athletes and amateur runners of all ages and nationalities have come to consider their preparation for and participation in the Athens Marathon as a way of life.

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A STROLL AMONG THE VINEYARDS OF ATTICA!

According to Greek mythology, the eternally young Dionysos (always merry, indolent, clever and more beloved than almost any other god of antiquity) had entrusted the cultivation of his favorite vineyard to the residents of Attica. From ancient times until the present, Attica has been renowned for its vineyards, especially the Mesogeia region, just northeast of the capital, which todays boasts more grapevines than anywhere else in Greece and is home to 26 different vineyards, many of them distinguished for their quality, craft and production.

Blessed by a favorable microclimate

Attica has an exceptional climate with mild winters and a tremendous amount of sunlight, while the surrounding sea further adds to these ideal growing conditions. The vine-growing zones in Attica are relatively small and belong to traditional wine-producing families, who ply their craft with passion and pride, from harvest to bottle.

Touring the vineyards

You can easily pass an entire day among the vineyards of Attica, following all the seasonal rituals – from harvesting and pressing the grapes to bottling the new wine. Moreover, at many of the vineyards they also give lessons in wine tasting and gastronomy, while special seminars are often offered as well. Visit the website of the Region of Attica; follow Attica’s wine routes, and find the vineyards which most appeal to your taste and curiosity

1 OCTOBER: 9TH RACE FOR THE CURE. THE RACE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF BREAST CANCER

On Sunday October 1, the center of Athens will be filled with thousands of men, women and children of all ages. The purpose of this race (now in its 35th year and with over a million participants in 140 countries around the world so far) is to raise public awareness about breast cancer.

The history of the race

The idea behind the Race for the Cure began with Nancy Brinker, following a pledge she made to her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer in 1982, that she would do everything in her power to help find a cure for the disease. The first race was held in Dallas, Texas, and it soon spread across the globe, each year touching hundreds of thousands of people of all ages.

The meaning of the race

The goal of this race, which starts and finishes at the Zappeion, is to inform, sensitize and support women, a goal embraced by thousands of women volunteers who have experienced this same situation and who want to do everything possible to aid in the prevention and timely treatment of the disease. Money gathered from the participants and from those who simply want to support the cause is donated and used with utter transparency in service of the race’s goals.

Register to participate

Register to participate as a runner or volunteer, either online or at specific registration points, and become a part of the most important and effective means of spreading information about women’s health and breast cancer – the leading cause of death among women in the western world.

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