The City of Athens and the Athenian Riviera

Located on the distinguished Vouliagmeni promontory among 30 pine-decked hectares, in the very heart of the Athens Riviera, the destination offers total seclusion amidst its lush Mediterranean countryside and seafront surroundings. Hailed as the ultimate base camp to explore everything that Athens has to offer, Astir is only 30 minutes from the Greek capital’s city center with its framed theater, museums, shopping and, of course, the Acropolis and other ancient sites. The new Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Cultural Center – with its new opera house – and the National Museum of Contemporary Art are also nearby.

 

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

- 20km from Astir
Built between 160AD- 174AD, the ancient theater of Odeon of Herodes Atticus- known as the “Herodeon”- is an imposing Roman Odeon right beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. Its distinctive Roman arches and three-story stage building were originally covered by a wooden roof. However, today it is an open-air theater with a beautiful marble auditorium facing a semi-circle orchestra paved with black and white marble.  Even though the original structure was destroyed, thanks to restorations, the historic site has been continually used as a venue for events and performances.
Today, the large stage proudly hosts opera, theater, music and dance productions organized every year by the Athens & Epidaurus Festival. During the summer months, an audience of approximately 4,800 people enjoy magical evenings beneath the grandeur of the Acropolis. Over the years, the voice of a young Maria Callas has echoed up into the skies, majestic ballet dancers have awed spectators and timeless Greek tragedies have been reborn on stage. Witnessing a performance in this historic theatre is an exciting experience you shall cherish forever.