It’s not all about the world class heritage. Athens also tops the list of cultural and athletic events attracting artists, visitors and participants to explore the oldest new destination.

Athens & Epidaurus Festival

Greece’s foremost cultural festival and one of the oldest performing arts festivals in Europe (1955), the Athens & Epidaurus Festival annually presents numerous theatre, dance, and music artists, acclaimed in Greece and worldwide, attracting large audiences from around the world.

Performances are held in June, July and August. Athens Festival performances are held between June 1st and mid to late July. Epidaurus performances are held every Friday and Saturday, from early July to mid-August.

The Athens Festival is held at the following venues:

Odeon of Herodes Atticus: The Festival’s main performance venue, with a capacity of 5,000, the Odeon is located at the foot of the Acropolis. Built in honour of Herodes’ wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla, this exquisitely beautiful Roman Odeon dates to the 2nd century A.D. and was restored in the 1950s. Capacity: 5,000 (4,500 tickets up for sale)

Other venues include Peiraios 260, a former industrial complex renovated to accommodate Greek and international avant-garde artists, from the fields of theatre and dance. Various neighbourhoods of Athens and Piraeus, including outdoor spaces and archaeological sites, for site-specific performances, the world-famous Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus.

The Authentic Athens Marathon

The Athens Marathon is an annual race held in Athens in November, bringing to life two snippets of running history.  Not only do the races finish in the legendary Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic games took place in 1896, but the original 42K race course covers the original Marathon route of Pheidippides, who in 490 BC ran from Marathon to Athens to bring news of the victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon.

Athens boasts a vibrant running and cycling scene with frequent meetings and events taking place as more residents and visitors realise they are a great way to get to know the city.