WHY ATHENS  

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. Characterised by a culture and people that are welcoming and relaxed every visitor will feel like home.

 

HISTORY

In the early history, in “polis Athens” there were mountains and valleys with wealthy farms and splendid fields. Valuable sources of silver and marble and superior strength in the sea made this city attractive and quite wealthy. During the golden ages, Athens blossomed as a center of education, arts, culture and democracy.

In the early history, in “polis Athens” there were mountains and valleys with wealthy farms and splendid fields. Valuable sources of silver and marble and superior strength in the sea made this city attractive and quite wealthy. During the golden ages, Athens blossomed as a center of education, arts, culture and democracy.

The following Roman occupation of the city resulted in a steady decline. Hadrian has been the only Roman Emperor to show genuine love and admiration for Athens’ heritage.

11th and 12th centuries were the golden ages in Byzantine art, with the most important Byzantine churches in Athens built around those 2 centuries. The city didn’t manage to recover until Ottomans took over. It was until the 19th century that the Independence Day became a fact!

 

SIGHTSEEING

There is a great number of magnificent historical sites & attractions worth visiting in Athens’ center: Sacred Rock of the Acropolis, The Acropolis Museum, Archeological Path, Plaka, Syntagma Square, National Archaeological Museum, Monastiraki & Kerameikos, Zappeion, Panathenaic Stadium, Lycabettus Hill.

USEFUL LINKS AND GUIDES

USEFUL MOBILE APPLICATIONS

  1. THE BEAT, an easy way to find wherever you are a taxi and reach your destination safely. Payments are made with card, no cash needed.
  2. e-table, make reservations online and earn discounts.
  3. Delivery.gr, choose the closest restaurant and order your favourite food.
  4. Athens book, from hospitals to bakeries, everything you need to find nearby, can be found on this app.
  5. AB Click2shop makes your super market shopping easier, quicker and more convenient than ever.
  6. Clio muse, shares the best cultural stories for indoor and outdoors tours.

ATH Airport, is useful for checking your flight status, arrivals and departures, as well as any information that has to do with the Athens International Airport.

FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT

Greek cuisine has four secrets: fresh ingredients of good quality, proper use of herbs and spices, the famous Greek olive oil and its basic simplicity.

Greek olive oil deserves a special mention. Present in almost all Greek dishes, and in most of them in abundant quantities, it is of excellent quality and very nutritious.

29 Traditional Greek Foods You Must Eat in Greece

Local flavours of the Greek Cuisine

Close to the campus of the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos”

  • Achileas, greek food and souvlaki (62 Valtetsiou str)
  • Nolan, asian fusion restaurant (33 Voulis str)
  • Scala Vinoteca, Mediterranean cuisine (50 Sina str)
  • Simul, delicatessen food choices (63 Ipsilantou str)
  • 48 Urban Garden, an alternative bar restaurant (48 Armatolon ke Klefton str)
  • Seycheles, traditional greek food (49 Keramikou str)
  • Kanella, restaurant, greek dishes (70 Av.Konstantinoupoleos)
  • Tirbοuson, greek and Mediterranean cuisine (Av.Konstantinoupoleos 104)
  • Athiri, greek/Mediterranean kitchen (15 Plateon str)
  • Hohlidaki, greek “ouzeri” (31 Adrianou str)
  • Tzitzikas & Mermigas, flavors of the greek traditional cuisine (12 Mitropoleos str)
  • Athinaikon Restaurant, traditional greek tavern (34 Mitropoleos str)
  • ILIOS,all day urban greek cuisine (City Link)
  • Klepsidra cafe, all-day coffee & snacks (9, Thrasivoulou str)
  • Yasemi, all-day snacks and coffee (23, Mnisikleous str)
  • Mani Mani, restaurant, traditional dishes with a twist (10 ,Falirou str)

Terraces and gardens in the city center

  • Couleur local all day bar, coffee, snacks (3, Normanou str)
  • A for Athens terrace cocktail bar (A for Athens Hotel, 2 Miaouli str)
  • Bios terrace bar and events (84, Pireos str)
  • 360 terrace all day bar restaurant (2, Ifestou str)
  • Six dogs garden all day bar (6-8, Avramiotou str)
  • Café Avissinia terrace restaurant (7, Kinetou str)
  • City Zen terrace all-day bar restaurant (11, Aiolou str)
  • Strofi terrace restaurant (25, Rovertou Galli str)
  • Attikos terrace restaurant (7, Garibaldi str)
  • Spilia garden tavern (24, Thrasillou str)
  • Sarantatrio garden tavern (43, Amvrosiou Frantzi str)
  • Museum Restaurants: Acropolis Museum terrace, Benaki Main Building terrace, Byzantine Museum garden, Numismatic Museum garden
  • Anglais, 360 view from the 6th floor, in the city centre (6, Kirikiou str)

Seaside

Walks

Walks to various places in Athens, museums, neighbourhoods, but also shopping, bars/cafes, etc. may be found here.

 

CULTURAL LIFE 

Athens is the city of ideas. Some of humanity’s most exciting ideas were born in Athens. In terms of cultural life, Athens is a unique case internationally. It is probably the only place in the world where you can discover a city more than 2.500 years old integrated into a contemporary metropolis.

This exceptional past is coupled with a vibrant contemporary cultural life full of highly acclaimed events all year round. To make things even better, Athens offers a lively and vibrant nightlife with a wide variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.

And let’s not forget that Athens is the city of olive trees, wine, honey and various herbs such as oregano, basil and thyme – an opportunity to taste the highly distinguished Mediterranean cuisine.

Athens Events Calendar

Cultural Events and Music Festivals in Greece

Culture & Events

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 plenty and they appeal to all tastes and lifestyles. In general, things get started pretty late; after midnight for bars and clubs and after 10pm for dinner at the city’s tavernas, restaurants and bar – restaurants. In Greece, 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.

 

LANDMARKS

The establishment of Athens as a city dates back to mythological times. The city’s history is still evident throughout Athens in the form of many Ancient, Roman, Byzantine and modern monuments.


Today’s capital integrates the ancient and medieval history into the contemporary era. Monuments can be found all around the city center, side by side with contemporary constructions such as buildings, roads and train stations.

Acropoli

The Parthenon, a monument that constitutes the symbol of Greece worldwide, has been standing on the “sacred rock” of Athens, the Acropolis, for thousands of years. The Parthenon along with the other monuments of the Acropolis, are all excellent pieces of art, reflecting the Classical period and the Golden Age of ancient Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.

 

 

The Acropolis Museum

Designed by Bernard Tchumi in collaboration with Michalis Photiadis; the sparkling new museum, since its opening in June 2009, has already become the city’s top attraction and is expected to become one of the most visited and “must see” museums worldwide. The museum, which exhibits approximately 4.000 artefacts, allows the sculptures to be viewed in natural light, with special glass and climate-control measures, protecting them from sunlight. The most impressive part of the museum is its top floor, where visitors will be able to view the frieze and then look out of the windows to view the Parthenon itself.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

 

At the footsteps of the Acropolis, the Odeon was built in 161 A.D. under Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes. To date concerts, plays and ballets have been performed. The natural setting of Herodeion, with its marvelous arcades, the Parthenon as a backdrop and the moon up in the sky will certainly fascinate you.

 


Ancient Agora

The Ancient Agora, which means “market” in modern Greek, is situated at the footsteps of the Acropolis and in ancient times it served as the commercial centre of the city but also as a political, cultural and religious centre.

 

 

 

Panathinaikon Stadium

Originally built in the 4th century B.C. for the athletic competitions of the Great Panathinaia (ancient Greek festivities), the “Kallimarmaron” Stadium (meaning “beautiful marble”) was the venue of the first modern Olympic Games, in 1896.

 

 

 

National Archaeological Museum of Athens

The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. It was

founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece, thus displaying their historical, cultural and artistic value.

 

Byzantine & Christian Museum

The Byzantine and Christian Museum, which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums.

Its areas of competency are centred on – but not limited to – religious artefacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods. The Museum has over 25.000 artifacts in its possession, which date from between the 3rd and 20th Century A.D.

 

Museum of Cycladic Art

The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC.

It was founded in 1986, to house the collection

of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris, an extensive and unique private collection of prehistoric art from the Cycladic islands as well as ancient Greece.

Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. It houses

30.000 items illustrating the character of the Greek world through a spectacular historical panorama covering several periods

ranging from the Prehistoric, Ancient and Roman periods to the Byzantine and the contemporary Hellenic period.

Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center of the Foundation of Hellenic World

A living museum, an ultramodern cultural center, where visitors can learn about history, culture and sciences through interactive exhibitions, educational programs, virtual reality shows and documentaries.

Useful Information

 

Language The native language of the population is Modern Greek. English is widely spoken as a second language by the majority of Greeks, while French and German are also spoken to a good extent.
Time Greece is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and an hour ahead of Central European Time.
Health Emergency treatment is free to all visitors in public hospitals. There are more doctors per person in Greece than in most other countries in the European Union.
Currency Greece is a full member of the European Union since 1981, and its 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 up to three (3) months in the Schengen area. Holders of regular passports from the rest of the world need a visa in order to visit Greece (and the Schengen area). The local PCO will provide invitation letters to all participants for VISA purposes.