Think of Athens and the first things that spring to mind are ancient ruins and camera-toting crowds. It’s true, the Acropolis is ever present and during summer the city thrums with schools of holidaymakers. But there’s much more to the Greek capital than temples and tourists. At Monocle, they’ve looked beyond the admittedly awe-inspiring Parthenon and explored the city’s modernist marvels, from circular school to colonnaded embassy. They’ve combed the cobbled streets for independent boutiques offering straw hats, hand-thrown ceramics and golden jewellery – all proudly “Made in Greece”. Attica is a region of riches and, of course, some of the nearby islands are simply too good to miss – so they’ve included their top stopovers. For now, though, strap up your sandals and allow them to introduce you to this chaotic but ever-so-charismatic city.
The Monocle Travel Guide series reveals their favourite places in each city they cover, from the ideal route for an early-morning run to the best spots for independent retail. Full of surprises and quirks, they also feature detailed design and architecture pages, neighbourhood walks to get you away from the crowds and their favourite places to eat everything be it tasty fast food or something truly celebratory.
Features: 148 pages, hard cover Published by: Gestalten Printed in: Germany Dimensions: 14cm x 22cm x 1.3cm (5.5in x 8.3in x 0.5in)
About the Brand
In 2007, Monocle magazine was launched to provide a briefing on global affairs, business, culture, design and much more. They believed that there was a globally minded audience of readers who were hungry for opportunities and experiences beyond their national borders. Today, Monocle is published 10 times a year out of their London HQ at Midori House; they now sell more than 80,000 copies per issue and have 24,000 subscribers and growing.
They also have a series of travel guides that cover more than 35 cities, including London, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and Mexico City.