Acropolis closes due to heat, reopens with free entry

A young woman takes a selfie from the Areopagus rock with the Acropolis in the background yesterday. The Greek capital's foremost historical site was closed at 2 p.m. yesterday, as on Sunday, to protect visitors and staff from extreme high temperatures. It opened again a few hours later, however, offering free admission to hundreds of visitors. [Yiannis Kolesidis/ANA-MPA]

Greece drafts NBA superstar Antetokounmpo to woo tourists

"I'm Giannis Antetokounmpo. Visit my beautiful country, Greece," the NBA All-Star beams, standing before a row of classical Greek columns in Greece's latest push to attract tourists.

In the ensuing 60-second clip, footage of Antetokounmpo on the court alternates between postcard images of Greece: turquoise waters, whitewashed chapels and ancient monuments.

Giannis Haroulis | Thessaloniki | June 18

Singer-songwriter Giannis Haroulis, known for infusing the traditional music of Crete with modern folk and rock elements, is performing at the open-air Gis Theater as part of the summer festival organized every year by the National Theater of Northern Greece. The show on Monday, June 18, starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost 13 euros.

Migrant farm workers see camp go up in smoke

Dozens of migrant farm workers in Nea Manolada in the northwestern Peloponnese saw their scant belongings go up in smoke on Thursday morning after a fire burned through a camp of makeshift shelters.

There were no injuries reported during the incident, though the workers, who are mostly Bangladeshi migrants, lamented the loss of hard-earned cash and important papers like passports.