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Athens entertainment

Entertainment in Athens Greece

Athens is one of the most entertaining metropolis of Europe. Greeks in general love to take the life easy and discuss politics between a game of backgammon and a cup of Cappuccino or Frappe coffee the Greek style of drinking inkstand coffee well stared in mixer with ice cubes with or without milk, this is on of the main reasons why in Athens you will find any kind of entertainment you like. During the day, cafes, cafeterias, new style cafes like starbacks and other international chain places of this kind are packed with young people. The most inn places are around the Athens university and Kolonaki in the pedestrian streets near Voukourestiou, Solonos, and Academias street, in Kanigos and Panepistimiou street around Parliament square, Exarheia and of course in Plaka and Monastiraki. You can see all those places if you are on an Athens sightseeing tour.

The cafeteria is the main meeting place not only in Athens but all over Greece. But is not all about coffee, Athens has a lot to offer for entertainment, numerous Theatres and Cinemas are spread in most areas of Athens. Before the invasion of the television in Greece the movies and theatres as well as the shadow theatre of Kargiozis for the family with children was the main night outing for the Athenians. During this time there was over 200 cinemas in Athens and Piraeus not to mention the Theatres in Panepistimiou street and Omonia street where was located the famous theatre of Kotopouli. But a few years ago the fashion of the movies came back and many new cinema complexes like the Village Cinemas growing like mushrooms in many areas of Athens especially in huge shopping malls like the Allou Park in Petrou Ralli street (Agios Ioannis Rentis), in Marousi and elsewhere.

The example of Allou Park something like the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent in England had followed many other areas in Athens. In such shopping centres you will find all kind of international chain department shops. plus fun fairs, cinemas, cafes and restaurants. Fun Fairs there are also in other areas of Athens like in Alimos near the old Airport.
For families with children a good idea is a visit to Attica Zoo witch hosts many species of animals from Europe, Africa and Asia. The Olympic games in Athens had as a result the creation of many sport centres. Any kind of sport activity can be found mostly in the Athens Riviera, golf, bowling, water sports. The Athens horse racing has been moved to Markopoulo near the Airport of Athens. For the fans of lucky games on the mount Parnitha is the Casino Mon Parnes.

Most famous though Athens is for its famous nightlife. Greeks unlike most west Europeans are late birds. they will never go to a restaurant earlier as 9 or ten in the night. If they go so late to a restaurants or a tavern you can imagine what time they will go to floor shows, night clubs, and live music halls. Many night clubs in Athens open after midnight. In Friday and Saturday night whole areas like Kolonaki live a real traffic jam between 3- 5 in the morning. But not only in Kolonaki almost in every Athenian suburb main square Friday and Saturday night the music bars and cafeterias are buzzing with young people until the early morning hours. Even if its rain or snow you will see many of them outside the bars sitting on the bar outdoors stools. Athens is buzzing of nightlife mostly in the winter because in the Summer the buzzing and the Parties of most of the Athenians will travel to the Greek Party islands like Mykonos or Santorini. Our suggestion is to visit Athens once more in the winter so you can enjoy the city more close with its inhabitants.

Athens Greece Guide 2003-2007

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