The Bathhouse of the Winds May 10 2016

The Bathhouse of the Winds is the only surviving hamam (Turkish bathhouse) in Athens and one of the few remnants of Ottoman times. Built in the 16th century it stands […]

Exploring Athens’ Modern Heritage with Big Olive April 05 2016

Athens has always been a destination for aesthetically driven travelers in search of art, architecture and the roots of Western civilization. In his book “Athens: A Cultural and Literary History“, […]

ETH Zurich fieldtrip to Athens March 20 2016

“Timeless architecture carries a legacy, fits perfectly into the context, and gives physical form to abstract typologies. This makes it anonymous, meaning that the architect falls by the wayside. And […]

Lord Byron: Amor e morte in Greece February 09 2016

The British Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788-1824) first arrived in Greece in 1809 at the tender age of 21, in search of adventure and sexual liberation. He travelled around Epirus […]

A little bit of Paris: chocolateries in Athens January 17 2016

Though the likes of Paris and Brussels may be the first places that spring to mind at the mention of chocolate, Athens certainly has its share of chocolateries. These are […]

The Russian church of Athens December 17 2015

The imposing Russian church is not only one of the oldest churches in Athens, but also one of the most fascinating. This historic Christian temple has many secrets, from an […]

Christ the Savior Church in Athens November 05 2015

Agios Sostis Church is a very peculiar Christian temple located on the neighborhood of Neos Cosmos. On the church’s foundation stone it is recorded that it was erected in thanksgiving […]

Old brewery becomes Contemporary Art Museum May 21 2015

The National Museum of Contemporary Art In 2000 The National Museum of Contemporary Art was officially given responsibility for the nation’s modern foreign and Greek works; for the next 14 […]

Literary cafés and chocolateries in Athens April 23 2015

Where better to sample of a slice of Athens’ bygone past than one of the beautifully preserved historic cafés? The most historic Athenian cafés congregate around Panepistimiou Boulevard. This is […]

An Elegy for Blue April 15 2015

Blue has a long and topsy-turvy history; first developed some 4,500 years ago in Egypt, it is believed to be the earliest artificial pigment in human history (assuming that we exclude charcoal). Its use spread throughout Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and the far reaches of the Roman Empire [1]. Egyptian faience hippopotamus, 2033–1710 BC © The British Museum, London In medieval Europe, ultramarine – the purest and richest but most expensive...

The Caryatides apartments March 19 2015

Both within a few miles of downtown Athens and both within a few blocks of one another, “these houses illustrate some home buyers’ low sales resistance to anything that looks […]

Big Olive’s pick of Athenian Restaurants February 19 2015

There are well over 1,000 restaurants in a city with less than a 4,000,000 inhabitants – you can eat somewhere new every night, and in a place that caters to […]

Diario Della Terra - Interviewing Valentina Porcheddu February 14 2015

by Stefano Serusi. This feature originally appeared in Cerchio Magazine. Valentina, on the occasion of your decision to spend some time in Greece and, given the rather simplistic approach of the Italian media on the current situation in Greece, I would like to pose a few questions that will help shed some light on the situation. Before we continue though, I would like to know a few things about you,...

A little bit of Paris: Beaux-Arts Classicism in Athens January 23 2015

Iris Movie Theater of the Athens Student Club (1926-1931) by Alexandros Nikoloudis. Image (c) ΠΟΦΠΑ. From the 1890s until the 1920s, Greek architects trained at the Parisian École des Beaux-Arts created grand classical structures with a decidedly eclectic flair. The Beaux-Arts style combines Greek and Roman with Renaissance forms resulting in theatrical and heavily ornamented structures. Many of Athens’ most prominent landmarks exemplify Beaux-Arts Classicism: the Student Club (1926) and...

Valia’s guide to eating out in Athens January 22 2015

Valia’s dining guide for Athens, featuring must eat food and some of her favorite restaurants and cafés to go to, for when you are in town. The perfect weekday starts at Avocado, with a healthy boost from their amazing Go Green juice. Lunchtime always finds me at It restaurant on Skoufa street eating the spinach and salmon salad or their uber nutritious chickpea salad. When the afternoon sweet tooth craving...

Lust & A Literary Walk of Athens December 18 2014

Editor’s Note: This guest post by Katie Dawes has been featured on Thehostelgirl. During the TBEX event (Travel Bloggers’ Exchange) Katie joined Big Olive’s Literary Walking Tour to discover Athens’ fascinating literary history, its intriguing connections to renowned authors, poets and bestselling children’s writers.  Katie has a quality blog and we comment our readers to subscribe and be sure to follow Katie’s adventures online. “Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse...

10 Reasons why a Londoner should visit Athens, by Samar Alkadhi November 20 2014

10 REASONS WHY A LONDONER SHOULD VISIT ATHENS The weather: Apart from a few outbursts of rain during the depth of winter, the weather in Athens basically consists of: sun, […]

Athens on the menu November 19 2014

Editor’s Note: This guest post by Heather Cowper has been featured on Heatheronhertravels.com. Heather has a quality blog and we comment our readers to subscribe and be sure to follow […]

New Concepts for Greek Hotels November 10 2014

The Glorious 50s & 60s – Until the 1950s, the lodging industry in Greece consisted almost entirely of hotels situated in urban centers and resorts near the principal vacation destinations like […]

Architects’ Journeys: Dark Architects in Athens October 14 2014

image credit @ Dark Arkitekter AS Big Olive had the honor of staging a three-day study trip for the Dark Architects AS, a prominent architecture, urbanism and landscape firm based in Oslo, Norway. The trip took place from October 9 to October 11 in the central districts and the wider metropolitan area of the city. In an attempt to map the tendencies emerging from a crisis-bashed economy, the Masonry 2013-awarded group explored both grand scale and lesser...

Literary Reflections October 09 2014

By Constantine Kalogroulis  How could someone trace the literary and artistic history of a city through a walk, through specific sights and places, especially when literature in particular lies within the sphere of ideas and is, therefore, intangible? Architecture, history, social and even economic evolution can indeed be traced through buildings, avenues and streets, urban planning. But literature is only obliquely visually reflected. The only possible solution to this question...

Athens: Irregular and Indigenous September 18 2014

Is the city of Athens planned? Or is it a huge accident? Athenians often describe Athens as a huge explosion of concrete and asphalt that nobody ever calculated (or even […]

Mapping the Memories of Anatolian Refugees August 07 2014

Editor’s note: This guest blog post was written by Ciara Barrick a Literature and Ancient Greek student at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. A group of seven students […]

Big Olive’s pick of Athenian Restaurants May 16 2014

There are well over 1,000 restaurants in a city with less than a 4,000,000 inhabitants – you can eat somewhere new every night, and in a place that caters to every kind of taste. The Big Olive team has put their favorites into one appetite-whetting list, so pick and choose between these smorgasbords of spots, and fill up on Greek cuisine! ATHENIAN CLASSICS Cozy décor, vintage charm and a romantic...