From Old Athens to the city's modern suburbs, from Crete to the Dodecanese and Ionian islands, National Geographic Traveler: Athens & the Island guides you to the better-and lesser-known sights of this Mediterranean hotspot. In between, you'll discover the secrets behind some of the archaeological treasures of one of the world's oldest cities, not to mention the city's trendiest nightspots, as well as secluded beaches and island towns not far from the mainland.
Among the special features of National Geographic Traveler: Athens & the Island are sidebars detailing experiences throughout Greece to make sure that you get to know the culture and the people, inside and out. You can shop like a local in one of Athens' neighborhood markets, attend Greek cooking classes in Ikaria, or visit an eco-village at Milia. Insider tips provided by an array of National Geographic experts—photographers, writers, and grantees who have spent significant time in Greece—direct you to favorite restaurants or festivals and provide useful information that only locals know. Guided walks and drives include a stroll through Rhodes' Old Town, a holy pilgrimage on the trail of St. John in Patmos, and an exploration of ancient Athens that includes the Promenade and Plaka.
An extensive Travelwise section at the back of the guide provides hand-picked hotels and restaurants, tour recommendations, and a glossary that covers must-know words.
Joanna Kakissis is a journalist based in Athens. Her work appears in many outlets, including the New York Times, TIME, The Financial Times magazine, and on NPR. She has received several writing awards and journalism fellowships and has been recognized by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists. Kakissis has traveled extensively in Greece and has strong ancestral connections to Kyparissia in the western Peloponnese and Rethymnon in central Crete.
The award-winning National Geographic Traveler has been enhanced with engaging new features and a contemporary redesign. Each guide begins with an introduction that enables you to sample a bit of the culture, history, and attractions before you go and plan the trip based on your own interests and length of stay.
Immerse yourself in active, in-country "Experiences" and "Off-the-Beaten-Path Excursions" you won't find anywhere else.
Other new features, such as "Insider Tips" from National Geographic photographers, writers, and experts, and "Not-To-Be-Missed" lists ensure that each visit will be memorable.
The guides' design has been simplified, opened up, and enhanced with easy-to-read tinted sections. Gorgeous color photographs, high-quality maps, and the popular walking and driving tours are still highlights of our crisp, new look.