Monthly Archives: December 2014

NYE Party at AthenStyle!!!

Keeping up to the tradition, AthenStyle hostel will organise once more the most amazing NYE party at its famous covered and heated Rooftop Bar! Invited are all our guests, friends as well as people who just want to have fun and enjoy a pleasant and exciting night!

Come to enjoy with us the midnight fireworks from our magnificent 360⁰ view on the Rooftop Bar!

Special surprises and, finger food and Happy Hour on special drinks all night long!

After the bar closes, join us in a crazy tour around the city’s streets to continue partying!

Let’s welcome the New Year 2015 with international company at our Rooftop Bar at AthenStyle!!

The party starts at 9pm!

Don’t miss it!

Happy New Year!!!!

 

 

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Christmas with the Greek ”Kallikatzaroi”

Since it’s almost Christmas we decided to write a post about the famous little creatures from the Greek folk history called  ” kallikantzaroi’. These alleged malevolent creatures are believed to dwell underground but come to the surface during the twelve days of Christmas, from 25 December to 6 January (from the winter solstice for a fortnight during which time the sun ceases its seasonal movement). There is no standard description of the appearance of kallikantzaroi,  there are regional variations in how their appearance is described. Some say they have some animal parts, like hairy bodies, horse legs, or boar tusks, but one thing is sure they are smelly!

There’s nothing more interesting than learning about folk and traditional stories about countries that you have visited or planning to visit. If you come to Athens during the holiday season you’ll have definitely lots of fun, but wintertime in general is a great period to visit us!

Book you stay at  http://athenstyle.com/, and with our Winter Deal book three days in a row and get a discounted price!

Merry Christmas

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Christmas dinner at AthenStyle

Planning to spend Christmas in Athens and you’re staying at AthenStyle?

Why don’t you join us for a Christmas Dinner on December 25th ?

All of our guests are invited to join our family-style dinner at 7:00pm at the fully covered and heated AthenStyle Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. Come to enjoy the view along with a traditional home-cooked meal and amazing international company!

If you want to attend, please send an email to RSVP to info@athenstyle.com

We wish you a bright and joyful holiday season,
The AthenStyle Team

 

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Mediterranean diet: eat healthy in Athens!

1Greece is famous for the delicious Gyros, the Greek fast food, full of meat and grease. However, the economic crisis has brought back one of the very good Greek habits: the Mediterranean diet! Cheap and healthy, the Mediterranean diet has a lot to offer to all Greeks as well as tourists willing to try a taste of the Greek diet.

What is best than extra virgin olive oil? Widely used in Greece, olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and healthy monosaturated fats. It has a lot of health benefits such as reducing inflammation in the body, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and even reducing cancer risk. Even though Greece ranks third (behind Spain and Italy) in world olive oil manufacturing, it is actually the top world olive producer. More than half of Greece’s land is cultivated with olive trees and can offer 50 different species of olives. In AthenStyle hostel, the owners produce their own olive oil from their trees in Kalamata, which is used for cooking at the AthenStyle restaurant as well as in breakfast and it is also available in reception in case you want to take a bottle with you.

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 Greece is surrounded by sea, so what would you expect to eat? Seafood of course! Greece is certainly seafood paradise According to a legend Poseidon, the god of the sea, blessed the Athenians with a plentiful array of fish and seafood and in return the Athenians built the Temple of Poseidon in tribute. Very close to AthenStyle hostel, you can find the central market, where you can always find the day’s fresh catch, bursting with omega-3 fatty acid, which helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and assists in reducing blood clots. There are also strict rules underpinning trade as per Greek Commercial Law: all fish and freshly cut meat must be sold on the same day, so it’s not unusual to find chefs from nearby restaurants and taverns coming for a deal as the clock veers towards 6pm. There is an incredible variety of produce on offer, a lot cheaper than at supermarkets, so here is your chance to get some fresh fish or prawns!

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Another big part of the Greek diet are fruits and vegetables: right next to the fish market you can find the vibrant Fruit and Vegetable market! Everyone knows how important fruits and vegetables are for a healthy diet, as they are a vital food source on their own and Greeks keep up to this by eating even as much as six servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

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 Honey has been used by countless cultures all around the world over the past 2,500 years. While the numerous health benefits of honey have made it an important element of traditional and modern medicines. In Greece, you can find the delicious loukoumades and all kinds of sweet pastry covered with honey.

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 Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products: Greece has more than 100 products that have been awarded as PDO, most of them cheeses, olive oils, olives, varieties of honey as well as different types of fruits and vegetables. All of them are manufactured traditionally and entirely within Greece ensuring their unique qualities and protecting the reputation of authentic, regional foods. The most famous Greek PDO is of course the world wide known feta cheese.

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 Masticha is the mastic oil, gathered from the resin of the mastic tree, a small evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean region. Mastiha produced on the island of Chios is one of the Greek products awarded with as PDO. In Greece, it is used to make a healthy chewing gum, a sweet liqueur or different sweets. The sap forms droplets that harden into crystals that are odorless and essentially tasteless, but can be softened in the mouth and chewed like gum.

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Athens during Christmas time

Athens is a very beautiful city throughout the seasons, but during Christmas time especially it transforms into a lighted, decorated, full of things to do city. If you are here during that time you will have a great a time, and if you are still thinking about coming or not, ready your bags and pay us a visit!

Syntagma Square, Ermou street and the downtown district in general have their festive moods on and are the perfect for walking around, and combine your sightseeing with the holiday spirit.

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In Gazi area there’s the amazing Christmas Factory, perfect for both young and older ones which brings joy and it couldn’t be any more into the Christmas mood.

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Apart from the walks you could take in the festive Athens, there are many free concerts and book bazaars which can guarantee you a great time!

Book your stay with us through our and don’t forget site about our winter deal! Book three days in a row and you get a discounted price!

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Winter Beutiful

Most people consider Greece to be a place for summer holidays with the many islands, the  beautiful beaches, and the sunny weather. But there are lots of places to visit during wintertime as well.  Apart from Athens – many people argue that it’s better to plan a visit in the winter because of the reduced number of tourists and the weather that is more suitable for  walking around, we can suggest you five places nearby Athens that we think you will like a lot. Book you stay with us through our site, and we will help you choose in which of those wonderful places to go!

1. Arachova

Aráchova is a mountainous village nestling picturesquely at the foot of  Mt. Parnassos in Viotia. It is the most cosmopolitan winter destination in Greece, a great favorite for ski lovers and celebrities, or just first-time visitors who wish to relax in a dreamy mountainous setting with modern tourism facilities. It is not far from Athens only a couple of hours so you can plan a day trip there.

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2. Trikala Korinthias

Another place very close to Athens that you can plan a day trip. It has very beautiful and traditional taverns where you can eat, relax and enjoy the view of the bay!

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3. Kalavrita

The second ski resort near Athens and the third place you can plan a day trip. It has a very picturesque village with a very famous train called Odontotos that goes almost in the edges of the mountain! Make sure to go for a ride.

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4. Pilio

Pelion is a beutiful covered in nature mountain 4 hours away from Athens. Scattered across the Peninsula are over 70 villages all varying in size, from the famous mountainous villages of Tsagarada, Portaria and Zagora, to the beautiful coastal resorts of Kala Nera, Milina and Platanias. Pelion is full of magic and scenes of extreme beauty, and is the ideal destination to visit all year round. There’s a famous ski resort as well as many historical places to visit.

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5. Zagoroxoria

A complex of 40 beautiful villages, a little bit further from Athens. For nature lovers is one of the best places to visit rivers. waterfalls and  mountains trails so beautiful that will you will definitely make you come back.    The villages are small and picturesque with great traditional places to eat.   zagoroxoria  zagoroxoria 1

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