Rosie Kelly – The National Student
It’s always a popular destination for British sun-seekers, and now there are ten more reasons to visit Greece. The Greek tourism industry has come up with this list of what’s hot in Greece in the next 12 months…
1- The National Museum of Contemporary Art opens in Athens in the spring. After 13 years of development, it opens its doors to the public. It’s built on the former site of the legendary Athenian brewery Fix, so if the art gets a bit much, you can always find a cold beer to celebrate the site’s other cultural legacy
2- British Airways launches its first flights ever to the Greek islands. From May, they’ll start serving the islands of Mykonos and Santorini with direct flights from Heathrow.
3- Zorba the Greek, one of the most recognizable symbols of Greece, turns 50. Recreate his famous dance!
4- The Ionian Islands, previously under British rule, will be officially have been part of Greece for 150 years. Evidence of the British administration can be seen all over the main towns of Corfu, Zante, Kefalonia and the other islands off the western coast of Greece.
5- Thessaloniki, the city that never sleeps, becomes the European Youth Capital, an appropriate title for Greece’s biggest – and most famous – student town. Aristotle University has more than 80,000 students, more than any other academic institution in the country.
6- The new Acropolis Museum, recently chosen as one of the top three museums in the world, celebrates its fifth anniversary. It has nearly 4,000 objects on display!
7- Hollywood revisits the ancient Greek history. The long-awaited sequel 300: Rise of an Empire will premiere in March. There are another two movies currently in development inspired by the adventures of mythical hero Hercules, both due for late 2014.
8- The Olympic Games “returned home” a decade ago. Athens will be celebrating an event that left Athens with better infrastructure and changed the look of the city center.
9 – Crete-born Eleftherios Venizelos, one of the most prominent and charismatic politicians of modern Greece, was born 150 years ago, in 1864. The Greek capital airport is named after him, while his former house in Athens is currently the residence of the British ambassador in Greece.
10- Greece takes over the EU presidency in January 2014. For economic and symbolic reasons, the budget of the Greek Presidency has been described as “Spartan.” It’s a reference to the frugal ideology of the Spartans in ancient Greece.