• The City

    The City

The Host City

A bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, Athens is central to the economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. Located at the crossroads of three continents, the capital of Greece with an overall population of close to 5 million people has often been the melting pot of many cultures. Characterized by a culture and people that are welcoming,  very visitor is sure to receive a warm welcome. Athens is an ideal congress destination, combining state-of-the-art infrastructures, excellent congress facilities and easy access from all over the world with world-class cultural attractions, modern amenities and diverse entertainment.

Past and Present

Boasting a history of 2.500 years with monuments incorporated into the modern city, coupled with world-class museums and a vibrant contemporary cultural life, Athens is a very attractive destination. The establishment of Athens as a city dates back to mythological times. Despite the length of the city’s history, it is still evident throughout Athens in the form of many ancient, Roman, Byzantine and Modern monuments. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, Athens was also the birthplace of Socrates, Pericles, Sophocles and its many other prominent philosophers, writers and politicians of the ancient world. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the, then known, European continent. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon on the Acropolis, widely considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains a vast variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of remaining Ottoman monuments projecting the city’s long history across the centuries. Landmarks of the modern era are also present, dating back to 1830 (the establishment of the independent Greek state), and taking in the Greek Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy (Library, University, and Academy). Today’s capital is a result of integration of ancient and medieval history into the contemporary era.

Shopping in Athens

One of the most popular places to go to in the centre of the city is the area of Syntgma square located in the centre of Athens. Around it there are multiple coffee shops, theatres and museums. On the north side of Attica is the Kolonaki area, the best place for high end shopping in the city with all the big fashion names. On the south side of Syntagma square, is Ermou street. A road full of fun, fresh brands and shops leading to the ultimate street shopping experience of Monastiraki. Plaka and Monastiraki are situated around the Acropolis and offer a unique experience combining walks through the old cobblestone roads and traditional flea markets and bazaars.

Greek Gastronomy

Greek gastronomy has recorded a history of around 4,000 years, with special characteristics based on pure and unique quality goods produced on Greek soil. In fact, it was Archestratos who wrote the first cookbook in history (330 B.C.). In truth, Greek cuisine has four secrets: good quality fresh ingredients, correct use of flavorings (herbs) and spices, the famous Greek olive oil and simplicity. Olive oil, honey, salt and cheese may be the signature tastes one remembers after having a meal here, but there are many more ways to impress your palette and satisfy your cravings. Due to the ever-generous Mediterranean sea, a Greek table is almost never complete without various delicious fresh fish. Wine remains one of the popular drinks in Greece. Wine bars in Athens cover a variety of styles, mainly relaxed and casual. They serve mostly locally produced wines, which combine ideally with snacks or dishes prepared from traditional Greek cuisine, they offer a reasonably priced solution for lunch, aperitifs or evening entertainment. Other famous Greek drinks include Ouzo, Raki and the mysterious Mastic that can only be produced in one island in Greece (Chios island) as the plants of its origin are unable to grow successfully anywhere else in the entire world for reasons still unknown to this day.

Nightlife, Cultural Life & Entertainment

One of the main characteristics of Greek Culture tourists notice is the vibrant lifestyle and unique hospitality of Athenians. From jazz bars to pubs and from clubs to the traditional Greek Bouzoukia, Athens is a vibrant city offering a wide range of options that appeal to all sorts of lifestyles and tastes. Dinner in Greece is served relatively late compared to other countries, reservations are rarely booked before 9 pm and bars never close before 2 am. Clubs in Athens can stay open until the morning hours, making every night into a special occasion where one can meet new people. As a night starter, Greece is one of the few countries in Europe where all cinemas play films in their original language with complimentary subtitles, therefore allowing our visitors to enjoy the pleasure of a movie the same way they would at their home country.

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