Articles for Off the Beaten Path

active adventures

active adventures January 28, 2012 | Off the Beaten Path, Things to Do | Read More
Eco Action specializes in active adventures on rivers and mountains, with two bases in the area of the Peloponnese , in Achaia and Arcadia. They also organize summer and winter activities on islands. Plan your vacation to include trekking on mountain paths, which combine also visits to interesting natural...

top 10 off the beaten path things to do

top 10 off the beaten path things to do December 26, 2011 | Off the Beaten Path, Things to Do | Read More
Visit artistic, handcrafted  book binder Mariana Kiliakou at her studio on Harilaou Trikoupi 38, in the neighborhood of Exarchia and find out all the secrets of this ancient art. Books are bound with special thread and then are covered in leather or cloth. Marianna decorates  book covers with sculptured...

Athens New Chic in Old Plaka

Athens New Chic in Old Plaka May 20, 2011 | Off the Beaten Path, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Walking down Adrianou Street with a friend the other day, we noticed the inevitable tragedy of the current economic circumstances: several longstanding stores are dark and dusty while cheap souvenir and T-shirt shops seem to be multiplying like rabbits. My friend lamented the fact that Athens doesn’t...

Saranda, Albania: An Up-and-Coming Mediterranean Destination

Saranda, Albania: An Up-and-Coming Mediterranean Destination April 28, 2011 | Off the Beaten Path, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
By: Barbara Rockwell Nestled among the pristine beaches, crystal-blue waters, and little-known cultural sites of the “Albanian Riviera,” sunny Saranda is poised to become a prized Mediterranean travel destination. While the rest of the Mediterranean is largely swarmed by tourists, coastal Albania...

The Island of Kea, Greece’s Up and Coming Destination

The Island of Kea, Greece’s Up and Coming Destination April 23, 2011 | Off the Beaten Path, Things to Do | Read More
Due to inexpensive ferry tickets and a mere two-hour trip from the Athens city center, budget-conscious travelers are choosing Kea* over more popular Cycladic islands such as Santorini and Mykonos. Picturesque with terra cotta roof-lined hills, windmills, and a rugged terrain, Kea is less spoiled and...

The Best Kept Secret of the Athens International Airport

The Best Kept Secret of the Athens International Airport November 20, 2010 | Off the Beaten Path, Travel Tips | Read More
I learned a few years back that when you’re sick of chaos of any airport, the best retreat is the airport’s prayer chapel. Maybe associated more with religious travelers it’s also a deep breath; an oasis of calm amidst the din of thousands of frustrated travelers and exasperated employees. Located...

Photo Friday: Tom

Photo Friday: Tom October 22, 2010 | Local Flavor, Off the Beaten Path, Photo Friday | Read More
The man behind Tom’s Garden, the colorful corner of Sotiros and Ipidou Streets in Plaka, was quoted in an article “I’m a bit of a philosopher. I tell people to live for the day and not to worry about tomorrow … Good comedians hide their sadness with laughter.” Tom was once a political...

Photo Friday: Elefsina Archaeological Museum

Photo Friday: Elefsina Archaeological Museum September 24, 2010 | Off the Beaten Path, Photo Friday, Things to Do | Read More
20 km south of Athens lies the ghostly remains of the cult of Demeter in the ancient site of Elefsis. The miserable goddess of grain, desperate for the return of her daughter from the clutches of the god of the underworld left Mount Olympus and came here, posing as a common woman seeking common jobs...

Before Sunrise, Athens

Before Sunrise, Athens August 17, 2010 | Off the Beaten Path, Things to Do | Read More
Early bird, worm-getters, this article is for you; the ones that lay in your hotel beds, eyes open, just waiting for a decent hour to rise. I’m here to tell you, get up! Athens is a night-town but there are some serious benefits to hitting the pavement before the workers of the sites, shops, and...

Top 5 Places In Athens That You’ve Never Heard of

Top 5 Places In Athens That You’ve Never Heard of August 6, 2010 | Local Flavor, Off the Beaten Path, Things to Do | Read More
Athens is such an old city,  the off-the-beaten-path path has not only been beaten, it’s been paved. For those who are looking to get the anti-tourist trophy, I’ve put down five great places to make fresh tracks. 1. IRIDA CINEMA IN EXARCHEIA The progressive, artsy (sometimes seedy) neighborhood...