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Holidays in Greece: Where to Find the Best Hospitality Experience in Athens and Crete

Athens, Greece.

Greece is a unique destination. A state of mind, a country full of colorful sceneries, a myriad of experiences waiting to be discovered. Greece is where your most memorable travel moments are about to start.


Athens, Greece’s capital, is the city chosen by Gods. Ancient and modern, with equal measures of grunge and grace, is a heady mix of history and edginess. Iconic monuments mingle with first-rate museums, lively cafes and al fresco dining – and it’ s downright fun.

Close enough to the center of Athens, yet just outside all the hustle and bustle, on the city’s northern edge is the leafy green, upscale suburb of Maroussi. The northern region boasts many conference and exhibition centers that make it an ideal destination for businesspeople, as well as private hospitals, medical centers and prestigious shopping malls which offer excellent shopping opportunities and numerous dining options.

Olympic Stadium (OAKA) in Athens.

The Olympic Stadium in Athens.

The area is also home to Athens’ famous Olympic Stadium, where major sport or musical events are held. If you’re into art and culture, a short taxi ride away to the Emphietsoglou Gallery Museum in Maroussi unveils over 750 works of Modern Greek art to visitors, while the Goulandris Natural History Museum in nearby Kifissia has a strong environmental component and rich displays of nature to enjoy. Kifissia, the upscale jewel of Athens with its shops, museums, restaurants and cafes is just three metro stops or a short drive away. Noteworthy is the ideal location of Maroussi, right next to the junction of Attiki Odos, offering the privilege of easy access from and to the airport in only 20 minutes, as well as to the port of Piraeus and Corinth.


Another region of Greece offering a myriad of wanderlust experiences is the island of Crete. With its astounding landscape, an exceptional history and a world-famous hospitality, Crete is a dreamy destination waiting for you to explore it.

Heraklion, Crete.

In central Crete, the city of Heraklion combines the modernity of Greece’s fourth largest city with a Venetian Fortress, many buildings of sophisticated Venetian architecture and several great museums. The famed seaside fortress kept pirates out in the olden days and today offers an enchanting opportunity to learn about Crete’s varied history. The famous site of Knossos nearby will fascinate you beyond words.

Ammoudara beach, Crete.

Last but not least, Ammoudara, a clean, long stretch of sandy beach that’s only 10 minutes away from Heraklion by car. This area is bustling with shops and nightlife during the summer season, full or restaurants, boutiques, nightclubs, supermarkets and even a medical clinic. Ammoudara is also quick 15-minute ride to the airport and offers easy access to the highway that takes you to all other parts of the island.

The historic town of Chania, Crete.

Another gem, set on West Crete, is the town of Chania, one of the most beautiful towns in Greece, surrounded by sublime beaches, historic treasures and natural wonders. The town will take your breath away with its medieval grace and romantic atmosphere. It is a fascinating mix of elegant mansions, museums, monasteries, fortresses, scintillating beaches, nightspots and restaurants, opening up a world of dreamy activities and entertainment for you to enjoy.

The stone lighthouse, Chania, Crete.

Attractions include the stone lighthouse, the old market, the historic hammam, the naval museum, the portside mosque, cobblestone streets and a collection of seaside cafes. Sports facilities, nature escapes and shopping streets are also part of this wonderful package.

Have you already started dreaming of your upcoming holidays in Greece?

Whether you’re planning to visit Athens or Crete, Civitel Hotels & Resorts and its four properties – two in Athens and two on Crete – is what you’re looking for. All properties offer superb opportunities for tourism and adventure and at the same time their conference and business facilities bring the best of both worlds together. Each property is very unique in its offerings, yet all extend a warm welcome, high international hospitality standard and the enchanting experiences of their locale.

Staying in the city of Athens

In Maroussi, stand both the Athenian Hotels, Civitel Olympic and Civitel Attik.

Civitel Olympic, Coco-Mat room.

Civitel Olympic, Coco-Mat room.

Sleek and sophisticated, Civitel Olympic just across from the Olympic Stadium is proud of its attractive, understated design and ambiance that echoes Greece’s Olympic glory.

Civitel Olympic, restaurant.

Civitel Olympic, restaurant.

The hotel represents all what is bold, new and vibrant about the city. The minute you set into the spacious lobby and adjacent modern restaurant, you find yourself in a cosmopolitan world of comfort, fine dining and freshness. Beyond the lobby level, the Superior Rooms and Junior Suites are smartly fitted with attractive furnishings and all the modern conveniences that a traveller needs.

Civitel Attik and its new wing, Civitel Esprit, blend harmoniously and discretely with their surroundings, representing an oasis of tranquility in the heart of Northern Athens.

Civitel Attik, building.

Civitel Attik, exterior.

The hotel complex is a series of attractive buildings surrounding a garden courtyard with swimming pool. It boasts a spacious restaurant and terrace that overlook the blue pool, offering excellent breakfast, all-day dining and room service.

Civitel Attik, double room.

Civitel Attik, double room.

Civitel Attik is well known for its fine services and elegant accommodation. Spacious rooms and suites welcome you to a contemporary design with all the modern amenities that will meet your expectations.

Staying on the island of Crete

If you would like to stay on a quiet sandy beach outside Heraklion yet close enough to the city center for its historical sites & shopping, the Civitel Creta Beach on the golden shores of Ammoudara is an outstanding choice that combines all these elements.

Civitel Creta Beach.

Civitel Creta Beach.

The renovated resort is unique in its multiple private bungalows and tastefully refurbished hotel rooms set in natural landscaped gardens among more than 200 palm trees, just meters away from the beach and the large swimming pool. It offers a wide range of activities right on its premises, from tennis and mini-golf to beach volley and ping pong.

Civitel Creta Beach, Superior Bungalow.

Civitel Creta Beach, Superior Bungalow.

Moreover, there are many food and beverage options to enjoy, including the poolside cafe and the indoor/outdoor lounge bar and the main buffet-style, terraced restaurant where you can hear the gentle waves roll over the sand.

Last but not least, located in Chania, the Civitel Akali is your base to discover the best of Western Crete.

Civitel Akali, Superior Triple Room.

Civitel Akali, Superior Triple Room.

Civitel Akali Hotel welcomes travelers to experience the true and authentic sense of Cretan hospitality in rooms and suites specially designed to inspire a warm welcoming atmosphere. Featuring a selection of contemporary conveniences, plush fabrics, brisk linen and quality toiletries, the rooms and suites of Civitel Akali hotel have been fitted to please all senses.

Akali Hotel, swimming pool.

Akali Hotel, swimming pool.

The common areas of the hotel, the pool, the fully furnished courtyard with the snack bar, the cozy indoor bar and inviting restaurant along with the hi-tech conference center ensure that guests will have anything they may desire during their stay in the palm of their hands along with a great array of high-quality services.

“In Civitel Hotels & Resorts, we have always strived to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for our guests and now, more than ever, we are determined to protect you and your beloved ones to the highest extent. Thus, we have immediately complied with all health and safety guidelines by the World Health Organization and the Greek government, and established the “Civitel SafeStay Plan” to make our cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous and offer you the safest accommodation ever.”

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