Dressed daily in their traditional
khaki uniform, (which changes to white on Sundays), they work in pairs in order to be able to perfect their timing. It is an honour to be chosen to belong to this elite section of the Greek army who
guard the tomb of the unknown soldier in Plateia Syntagmatos (Syntagma Square). These soldiers are extremely tall and trained not to react to the millions of tourists who try to make them laugh or
move throughout the year. They are the guards of the President of Democracy and guard the Presidential Palace, frequently in the Greek News.
Evzones change on the hour every hour, 24 hours a day.
Kifissia or Kifisia is one of the most expensive northern suburbs of Athens, mainly accessed via Kifissias Avenue, which runs all the way from central Athens up to Theseos Avenue in the suburb of Nea Erythraia. It has traditionally been home to the major Greek political families.
Kifisia is situated in central Attica, at the western end of the forested Penteli mountain range. The small river Kifisos forms the western border of the municipality. Kifisia is situated 12 km northeast of Athens city centre. A lovely green suburb with many parks and tree-lined streets. Kifisia station is the terminus of Athens Metro Line 1.
Accenture, Aegean Airlines, Eurobank Ergasias, Eltrak and Metaxa all have their head offices in Kifisia.
According to legend Cape Sounio is the spot where Aegeas, King of Athens, believing that his only son Prince Theseas was dead, leapt off the cliff to his death, giving his name to the Aegean Sea.
Wind-swept Cape Sounio was an obvious choice to build a Temple for Poseidon, where sailors might offer a last sacrifice to appease the mighty God of the Sea before leaving the comparative safety of the Saronic Gulf for the perils of the open Aegean Sea. The contrast between the 12 white remaining Doric columns and the deep blue of the sea is still as stunning now as in the days of Lord Byron who carved his name into the marble.
The drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf is beautiful, taking in some of Athens' most expensive suburbs and resorts (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni & Lagonisi).
Apart from being a world-renowned archaeological site, Sounion is an upscale summer home location for Athenians. Sounion is one of the most expensive areas in Greece, with the value of some homes exceeding twenty million Euros.
Legrena Beach is a long, sandy beach about 3km west of Cape Sounio. It is well protected from the northern winds and offers a more isolated feel than most Attica beaches although there are a couple of fish tavernas in the area.
A day is not long enough in our opinion to visit all the wonderful shops that Plaka has to offer as you will want to keep stopping at some of the many enticing tavernas offering delicious treats!
Greece's major port and jumping off ground for the islands of course. Lots to see here whilst sipping your frappe and wondering which island to visit next. You can take hydrofoils or fast cats to all the major Greek Islands from here.
Piraeus used to be more attractive in the 80s when you could sit at one of the many tavernas and watch the ships come and go. These days, unless you know where to go in the streets away from the harbour, it is a hive of activity with taxis, street sellers and fast food stops.
The most beautiful area steeped in history, the Peloponnese is home to Mycaenae and the kingdom of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. A perfect backdrop to the deep Saronic Gulf and a painter's paradise.
The Peloponnese will appeal to the sailors amongst you as, unlike the Ionian, here you will undoubtedly find enough wind for an enjoyable passage to many of the ancient Greek sites of the mainland.