This week Greece has officially lifted travel restrictions for The Netherlands , so it only makes sense to put this dreamy summer destination under the spotlight for our first AOT Edit.
Each AOT Edit we will be sharing the best places to stay and highlight interesting stories of local artists, galleries and stores that you should know about.
First a little history lesson, we’ll keep it short, promise!
As one of the oldest countries in the world, Greece’s epic history can first be traced back to 12,000 B.C. during the Paleolithic Age with storied points through the Bronze Age, the Hellenistic period, the Roman occupation, and onward. And the beauty of this country is its archaeological treasures of the past can be found in the present—at every turn.
The country has over 300 mountains, so seeing peak perfection here is easy. The highest mountain is Mount Olympus in Macedonia, which according to mythology served as the hallowed home of the gods.
With a 65-percent limestone terrain, Greece has the second largest number of caves in the world. Trek beneath the surface at Petralona Cave in Halkidiki in northern Greece amid a stalactite-filled world where a wealth of fossils, and a 700,000-year-old human skull, have been found.
Local culture makers
Me Then Store
Founded by George Soumpasis, Mary Giatra-Ritsou and Tasos Papageorgiou, ME THEN started out with a line of graphic T-shirts and sweatshirts - Drawing on the rich and layered history of their surroundings, harnessing the energy and tension of the city to create a new vision of the future. The brand uses Greek textiles and local factories to produce their wares, which span from street style to more formal offerings.
Underflow Records & Gallery
One of the best record stores in the city of Athens. It’s not only a tastefully stocked shop, it’s also a gallery and event space. All three striking areas warrant a visit, but the shop’s selection is unrivaled—as is the staff’s helpfulness and musical knowledge.
The Art Foundation
Once an abandoned building, now a gallery, bar and retail space, The Art Foundation (or TAF) is thoughtfully curated and well planned. With provocative exhibitions—and covetable products in the store—it’s an ideal place to explore.
Places to stay
We have listed some of our favorite hotels for you - get in touch to learn more about these hotel properties if interested.
A beautiful boutique property in the coastal city of Chania. A rare bespoke family-friendly hotel, designed with the postmodern family in mind. Centred around the Greek concept of parea, this is a place to make memories, meet new friends, and be charmed by the culture and character of Cretan traditions.
Surrounded by olive trees and lush greenery. The stunning views, the proximity to the village and the sandy beaches, in combination with exceptional service and ambience, make Olea the ideal place for a relaxing romantic holiday. Bohemian style meets modern chic. The muted grey tones and elegant lines work in absolute harmony with the green vegetation outside.
A postwar winery, has been transformed into a barefoot luxury resort on one of the most unspoiled stretches of coastline in the western Peloponnese. Situated on Kourouta beach near the town of Amaliada, the hotel is an ideal outpost for sun-seeking and exploring the regions offerings, which includes an abundance of wineries.
The design was influenced by both the island’s distinctive architecture and their own brand of holistic design when creating the visual concept of the 33-suite Parīlio, the name of which is derived from ‘Paros’ and the Greek word for the sun ‘ilios’. The cycladic art inspiration and influences are reflected throughout the property, just like on its logo.
Exuding swanky gypsy vibes, the Syntopia hotel lies near Crete’s bustling hotspots with a sandy beach at its side. Designed for adults, couples, and solo-travelers who seek deluxe Greek island living. Hip, refined, and eccentrically charming, Syntopia is here to satisfy all your holiday needs.