Category: EUROPE

Best place to watch theatre in Athens: discover the city of Athens Lycabettus theatre

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Nestled atop the majestic Mt. Lycabettus, overlooking the enchanting city of Athens, lies a cultural gem that has captivated hearts for decades – the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre. This summer of 2024 marks a momentous occasion as this iconic venue reopens its doors after years of anticipation, beckoning both locals and tourists to experience the magic of open-air performances in a setting like no other. A legacy of musical splendour For years, the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre has been a cornerstone of Athens’ cultural scene, hosting legendary concerts that have left an indelible mark on the city’s musical history. Imagine the thrill of witnessing performances by renowned artists such as Radiohead, Björk, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, and many more against the backdrop of the starlit Athenian sky. It’s a venue steeped in history and melodies that resonate through time. A grand revival Originally envisioned by the esteemed architect Takis Zenetos in 1965, this architectural marvel has recently undergone a grand renovation, breathing new life into its hallowed stage. Following a spectacular reopening in September 2023 with a magnificent concert by Greek composer Stavros Xarchakos, this summer heralds the true debut of the theatre’s renaissance, promising a lineup that will set the city abuzz with excitement and anticipation. Summer extravaganza Operated by Technopolis Athens, the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre is set to dazzle audiences with a vibrant program of over 50 nights of concerts catering to diverse musical tastes. The summer season kicks off with collaborations with esteemed music festivals like Plisskën Festival… Read More

Best train journeys for your next trip

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Are you ready to venture into a world where the rhythmic chug of a locomotive becomes the soundtrack to your most extraordinary adventures? Lonely Planet’s latest masterpiece, “Amazing Train Journeys,” opens the door to 60 of the most breathtaking train expeditions on the planet, including the iconic The Ghan and the enchanting Kuranda Scenic Railway in Australia. This captivating new release invites you to explore a diverse tapestry of railway odysseys, from timeless cross-country voyages to hidden gems nestled within everyday commuting lines. In an era where travelers seek a slower, more environmentally conscious mode of exploration, “Amazing Train Journeys” stands as a beacon, heralding the 21st-century renaissance of train travel. It celebrates the allure of steel rails and spinning wheels, beckoning readers to savor leisurely days aboard classic railway marvels, high-speed trains, and urban lines, offering a distinctive and picturesque passage from point A to B. Uncover legendary routes like Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer and Australia’s The Ghan, alongside hidden treasures such as the scenic railway from Belgrade to Bar winding through Montenegro’s mountains, The California Zephyr’s renowned Amtrak route across the USA, the Mombasa to Nairobi service in Kenya, and the bewitching Swiss Alpine journey aboard the Bernina Express. Each journey profile within the book presents a comprehensive depiction of the entire expedition, encompassing practical details like ticket recommendations, key stops, and the optimal time to embark on these awe-inspiring trips. Delve into the intricacies of ‘life on board,’ ‘riding the rails,’ and learn how to ‘make it happen.’ While high-speed lines bask in… Read More

UN Tourism Opens Calls for Best Tourism Villages 2024

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The fourth edition of the highly coveted UN Tourism’s Best Tourism Villages initiative is now accepting applications. Established under the new moniker “UN Tourism” (previously known as UNWTO), the initiative has grown significantly in the past three years, attracting nearly 600 applications from almost 100 countries. The initiative currently unites 186 members in a global network, including 129 Best Tourism Villages and 57 villages participating in the Upgrade Programme. These member villages span 55 countries across five different world regions, a testament to the initiative’s global reach and impact. UN Tourism Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili states, “Best Tourism Villages by UN Tourism recognises rural destinations that effectively incorporate tourism as a tool for sustainable growth, opportunity and preservation of unique cultural and natural heritage. We eagerly anticipate more examples of tourism being a force for good in the 2024 edition.” Applications are now open until 24 April 2024 for UN Tourism Member States to propose up to eight candidate villages through their National Tourism Administrations (NTAs). The chosen villages will be announced in the third quarter of the year. Applications will be assessed by an independent Advisory Board with expertise spanning various fields. They will evaluate villages based on nine key areas: Cultural and Natural Resources, Promotion and Conservation of Cultural Resources, Economic Sustainability, Social Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Tourism Development and Value Chain Integration, Governance and Prioritisation of Tourism, Infrastructure and Connectivity, and Health, Safety and Security. The Best Tourism Villages by UN Tourism initiative, introduced in 2021, is a pioneering program designed to transform tourism… Read More

All about the Lazart Hotel in Thessaloniki

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When it comes to finding the perfect blend of comfort, luxury, and artistic expression, the award-winning 5-star Lazart Hotel in Thessaloniki stands head and shoulders above the rest. Nestled in a prime location just 10 minutes from the bustling city center, and conveniently situated across the street from the Lazarist Monastery, this vibrant art hotel offers an experience like no other. Step into a world where contemporary luxury merges seamlessly with creative expression, transforming the Lazart Hotel into a living gallery of eclectic design elements and a dynamic ambiance. The spacious rooms and unparalleled views make it the ideal choice for families, couples, professionals, and anyone looking to explore the vibrant city of Thessaloniki. But Lazart Hotel’s excellence doesn’t stop there. As part of the Zeus International Group’s ambitious 10-year plan to establish itself as one of Europe’s foremost hospitality management companies, Lazart Hotel is a shining example of their commitment to excellence. With strategic partnerships and new investments, Zeus International Group has grown dynamically over the past seven years, investing over 250 million Euros into new developments. Through these efforts, they have expanded their portfolio to include 20 hotels, totaling over 4000 rooms and exceeding a value of 1 billion Euros. With the recent acquisition of Lazart Hotel and several other properties, Zeus International Group solidifies its position as a key player in the global tourism and hospitality industry. “These new additions to the company’s portfolio demonstrate our dedication to the advancement and development of tourism and hospitality in Greece and abroad,” shares Haris… Read More

Discover the most overrun holiday destinations: where tourists outnumber locals

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Imagine strolling along the cobblestone streets of a picturesque city, getting lost in its rich history and vibrant culture. The sights, sounds, and flavours tantalise your senses, creating memories that will last a lifetime. But what happens when these beloved destinations become overrun by hordes of tourists? We delved into the data to uncover the most over-touristed cities and countries around the world, and the results are eye-opening. Here’s more about why we should stop descending on Mykonos, Greece! Topping the list of the most overloaded cities is Phuket, Thailand. With a staggering 118.5 tourists for every 1 resident, the bustling streets of this once idyllic paradise can get incredibly crowded. While the Old Town retains its charm, it’s hard to escape the throngs of visitors during peak season. In fact, Thailand dominates the rankings, with Pattaya and Krabi taking the second and third spots respectively. It’s clear that this Southeast Asian gem is a magnet for tourists from all corners of the globe. But it’s not just cities that bear the brunt of over-tourism. Austria takes the crown as the most over-touristed country worldwide. With an average of 3.6 international visitors per resident, the nation’s natural beauty and cultural treasures attract millions each year. From the stunning alpine landscapes to the historical charm of Vienna, Austria has captured the hearts of tourists worldwide. Following closely behind are Hong Kong and Greece, with estimated tourist-to-inhabitant ratios of 3.8 and 3 respectively. Curious to know which other destinations made the list? Here are the top 10… Read More

Travelling to Rome this Summer: tips for an unforgettable experience

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Visiting Rome, the ‘Eternal City’, is always an enchanting experience, but summer brings a unique charm that promises unforgettable memories. Here are several tips to make your Roman holiday truly remarkable. 1. Travel Smart: Flying into Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the major international gateway to Rome, is generally the quickest and most convenient option. Alternatively, Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport, though smaller, could be a cost-effective choice. 2. Stay Hydrated: Rome’s summer can be quite hot, so always carry a water bottle. Luckily, the city is strewn with ‘Nasoni’, or drinking fountains, dispensing cool, potable water – a real godsend in the sweltering heat. 3. Embrace Public Transport: Rome’s public transportation system can be a fantastic way to explore the city. The metro, buses, and trams cover most tourist destinations, and a Roma Pass allows unlimited travel for a certain period. 4. Early Bird Advantage: Famous sites like the Colosseum and Vatican Museums can get excessively crowded. Try visiting early in the morning or late afternoon for a comfortable exploration. 5. Dress Appropriately: Many religious sites require modest clothing – ensure shoulders and knees are covered. Also, comfy shoes are a must given Rome’s cobbled streets. This is a big one! Find out more on the Vatican’s website, for example 6. Night-Time Wandering: Summer evenings in Rome are magical. The city comes alive with outdoor concerts and al fresco dining. Be sure to wander around Trastevere, a vibrant neighborhood known for its nightlife. 7. Book in Advance: To save time and avoid lines, book tickets… Read More

Tips to travel safe this summer

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Here are some tips for tourists to safeguard their belongings while traveling overseas based on the latest search results: Remember, protecting yourself and your belongings while abroad requires common sense and vigilance. Tips sourced from here.