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Visiting Athens this summer? Sure, everyone wants to see a concert at the Herodion or the Odeon, that marvel of an ancient theater under the Acropolis built by Herod Atticus in 160 AD in memory of his late wife. But summer in the city isn’t limited to this as the only venue for music under the stars.

Athens boasts a number of outdoor concert venues several of which are either downtown or really, really close to the center: Lykavittos Theater and Theatro Vrachon (also Melina Mercouri Theater) are the closest and best choices if you are staying downtown – but don’t be afraid to venture out to the parks, the Stadiums (Karaiskaki and OAKA) or to the International Petra Festival in the nearby suburb of Petropoulis.

Check the event calendar for your Athens dates – you’re bound to find something playing somewhere in the city that’ll give you a taste of Greece …. the experience of a popular laiko singer or rembetiko musician sharing the microphone with young newcomers as the audiences shamelessly sings along. For me there is still nothing more beautiful than to be surrounded by the audience, particularly when it spans the generations, as everyone sings in unison. You won’t know the words, but you will most certainly grasp the feeling.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

One thought on “Summer in the city – Go Greek, music that is….”
  1. Hello.
    Is there an outdoor concert og theater playing in Athen the 6/8-09.
    Best regards Marianne.

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