About Athens

The City of Athens

Athens is the city with the most glorious history in the world, a city worshipped by gods and people, a magical city. The enchanting capital of Greece has always been a birthplace for civilization. It is the city where democracy was born and most of the wise men of ancient times. The most important civilization of ancient world flourished in Athens and relives through some of the world’s most formidable edifices.

Who hasn’t heard of the Acropolis of Athens? Photos and history of the most famous archaeological monument in Europe have made the world tour causing feelings of admiration by thousands of people. Acropolis is nominated to be one of the 7 wonders of modern world. In fact the trademark of Athens is one of the favorites. The Holy Rock of Acropolis dates back to the 5th BC, the famous Golden Age of Periklis.

Athens is a city of different aspects. A walk around the famous historic triangle (Plaka, Thission, Psyrri) the old neighborhoods, reveal the coexistence of different eras. Old mansions, well-preserved ones and other worn down by time, luxurious department stores and small intimate shops, fancy restaurants and traditional taverns. All have their place in this city.  The heart of Athens beats in Syntagma Square, where the Greek Parliament can be found. Monastiraki, Kolonaki and Lycabettus Hill attract thousands of visitors all year round. A few kilometers from the historic center in Faliro, Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni you can enjoy the sea breeze.

Athens and Attica in general have the most important archaeological monuments (Acropolis, Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Roman Market, Panathinaiko Stadium, the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio etc.). In the capital you will admire many imposing neoclassic buildings, true ornaments of the city (The Greek Parliament, Athens Academy and the Athens University). Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the museums hosting unique treasures of Greece’s cultural inheritance (The New Acropolis Museum, the Archaeological Museum, The Byzantine Museum, The Cycladic Museum etc).

 

Accessibility

The multi-awarded Athens International Airport, is one of the fastest growing airports in the world, connected to all major cities around the world at competitive prices.

 

Language

The native language of the population is Modern Greek. English is widely spoken as a second language.

 

Health Emergency treatment

is free to all visitors in public hospitals.

 

Currency

The Currency is the Euro (€). All major credit cards are widely accepted in Greece.

 

Visa information

Greece follows the Schengen Agreement provision and the subsequent acquis concerning short term visa issues stays of up to three (3) months in the Schengen area.

Passport and visa requirements may differ according to the country of origin. You may visit the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs official page, or contact the Greek Consulate or Embassy of your Country.

The Congress Secretariat, Everest Travel & Congresses, will be happy to provide visa invitation letters for acquiring visa. For further information, please contact conference@everesttravel.gr.

 

Time

Greece is GMT+2

 

Climate

Athens is known all over the world for its mild climate, characterized by sunny skies, warm temperatures all year round, breezes and lack of humidity. The average temperature for this month is 25°C.

 

Pre / Post meeting activities

Athens is probably the single European capital where it takes you less than 30 minutes from the vibrant city center to get either to the beach or to the mountains. It takes less than 2 hours drive from the capital to reach places that have both archaeological or historical interest and exceptional natural surroundings such as Sounio, Nafplio or Delphi. Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros – four small and picturesque islands of the Saronic Gulf – are also ideal for daily tours, since there is a regular service from the port of Piraeus every day.

 

Telecommunications

The area code for Greece from abroad is: +30

 

Useful links

Athens International Airport

Public Transport Network