Athens is a European Metropolis at the crossroads of three continents. A city with more than 3000 years of history, endowed with year-round sunshine, the European capital city with the most blue flag beaches, a booming gastronomic scene and warm, hospitable people. In addition to world class cultural heritage attractions and the longest archaeological promenade in Europe, in Athens you will find new high-end convention facilities and hotels, a vibrant entertainment scene and a state-of-the-art transportation network to accommodate the needs of the most demanding of events.
Athens is an ideal congress destination, combining state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent congress facilities and easy access from all over the world with world-class cultural attractions, modern amenities, diverse entertainment and natural beauty. Most hotels in Athens underwent extensive renovation in preparation of the 2004 Summer Olympics, a great benefit for current visitors that can enjoy comfortable and stylish accommodation combined with high services.
Athens is a city which offers genuine experiences, enchanting tours and engaging in action packed activities, both within and beyond the city limits all year round. Athens is an ideal destination for city-breaks, leisure and business tourism, offering a wide range of choice and services and values highly the qualities and the characteristics of our visitors.
Surrounded by a lining of stunning coastline and mountains, Athens is filled with gems just waiting to be discovered. Located at the crossroads of three continents, the capital of Greece with an overall population of close to 4 million people has often been the melting pot of many cultures. Characterized by a culture and people that are welcoming and relaxed every visitor will feel like home.
Eating out in Athens
During the last decade, the Athenian cuisine has experienced a gourmet revolution. The traditional and world-renowned moussaka and souvlaki image has given way to a cornucopia of fine dining options. And the Athenian landscape of 19th century neoclassical buildings, ancient sites, artsy industrial and Mediterranean coastal milieus have created a canvas for alluring interiors and exteriors. Rooftop bar – restaurants in Athens can compete with some of the world’s most renowned ones, but can they claim a view of the Acropolis?
Athens is famous for its vibrant nightlife. The Athenians like to party and will do so almost every night of the week. The choices are many and they appeal to all tastes and lifestyles. In general, things get started pretty late: after midnight for bars and clubbing and after 10:00 p.m. for dinner at the city’s tavernas, restaurants and bar-restaurants. The Greeks are known for their love-of-life lifestyle; a sort of “OPA!” mentality that includes good food and good company, regardless of age. In Athens, life is for living and leaving your worries behind. The result is a good-hearted, energetic city with bars and restaurants to match.Hip areas include Gazi, Psirri, Metaxourgio, Monastiraki, Theseion and Kolonaki. Traditional Greek evenings can be spent in Plaka.
Sports and recreation
The birthplace of the Olympic Games has a tradition of athletics. The great outdoors is what recreational sporting in Athens is all about – yachting, sailing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, trekking and skiing. Of course, the gorgeous summer weather is ideal for sea and sun sport enthusiasts with crystal clear waters just minutes away from the center of Athens. But the fall and winter also have their sporting charms such as trekking and hiking on mountain trails, horseback riding, mountain biking and skiing. Regimented health buffs are also accommodated by the many state-of-the art fitness centers at many leading hotels and throughout Athens in Kolonaki and around Syntagma Square.