This just in! The New York Times released the list of 52 top places to go in 2014. Athens, the Greek capital stands 36th among spiritual destinations, cosmopolitan cityscapes, hip areas, stunning landscapes and other travel inspiring destinations around the globe, from the Vatican to India, from the Seychelles to the Highlands and the Arctic Circle.
According to the travel editor, the Greek capital surges back out of the economical crisis, as “vibrancy and innovation can bloom even in hard times.”.
Athens is changing
Recovering from the deep economic repression, the city now is seeing changes at sites old and new. As the author, Gisella Williams describes: “First the old: At the Acropolis, the famous Caryatids statues continue to get a restoration in 2014; the process will be on view in the Acropolis Museum through the end of the year. And the new: The National Museum of Contemporary Art opens this spring in a former brewery complex”.
The NYT adds that traditional Athens neighborhoods have also seen a resurgence, “including the quickly gentrifying Monastiraki and the still gritty Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio; the latter will get a cultural lift in 2015 from the biannual ReMap art event.”
By summer 2014, travelers to Athens will have a new lodging option, when a revived Emporikon Hotel opens on Aiolou, a central street with fine neoclassical architecture, that is also home to a number of new dining spots.
See the full list of New York Times 52 places to go in 2014 here: