Home of Plato, Socrates and many others, Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities.
It’s recorded history spanning around 3.400 years and it is being inhabited since the 11th millennium B.C. E. Today, under the shadow of Parthenon, the contemporary urban scenery of the sprawling city reflects its exciting history, its multi- cultural modern personality as well as the infrastructure and facilities. The perfect Mediterranean climate with the legendary greek sunlight, the unique combination of glorious history with modern, urban innovation, the coexistence of great culture with astonishing natural beauty, the high standard hotel accommodation, modern means of transportation such as the cutting edge modern metro, the vibrant rhythm of life, the wide choice of opportunities for shopping, dining and night life and of course the warmth of the Athenians people feature Athens as the ideal all year round city break destination. The city of Parthenon is an open air museum.
The capital of Greece is situated in the southernmost region of the Balkan Peninsula, southeast of Europe. Its remote location in the European continent and the country’s orography make the easiest way to get to the city by air or by sea.
The International Airport is located in the region of Spata, 30 km from the city centre. It welcomes many domestic and international flights every day and it has a regular connection with the center of Athens, the port of Piraeus and the port of Rafina 24 hours/7 days. Apart from international and intercontinental flights, it also serves internal flights to the Greek islands all year round. Athens is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, so it is very well connected with the rest of the world.
There are 3 ports around Athens. The busiest is the port of Piraeus, which serves ferries to the majority of the Greek islands, Crete, and a few ports in Peloponnese. The port of Rafina, on the northeastern side of Athens, is the closest to the airport and serves ferries to Cyclades islands and southern Evia. The port of Lavrion is located close to Cape Sounion and serves ferries to Kea and Lemnos all year round and to a few islands of the Cyclades in summer.
Athens is the capital of Greece. It’s a large, vibrant city known as the cradle of democracy and Western civilization. People visiting Athens for a couple of days typically stay in the center of Athens, as this is where most of the ancient sites and other attractions are located.
Getting around downtown Athens is relatively straightforward. As many streets are pedestrianized, going around on foot is the best (and often the only) way to explore the city. The Acropolis, for instance, can easily be reached on foot from many hotels. You can also catch the metro for a few stops, or use taxis now and then.
For longer distances, there are several options for getting around in Athens. Apart from the metro, the public transportation system includes trams, buses, trolleys and the suburban railway. Taxis are also readily available and reasonably priced.
The Athens underground is a fast and reliable way to get around in Athens. It connects the most popular spots of interest in town. It also connects the center of Athens with the port of Piraeus (change in green line 1) and the airport of Athens (through blue line 3). Inaugurated in 2001, the metro of Athens is modern and routes are very frequent, approximately every 3 or 5 min. The metro works from 5:00 am till midnight. Although it serves a large part of the town and its suburbs, the network is still enlarged with new stations.You can get information about timetables here.
There are three metro lines, and trains run every few minutes:
A leisurely way to travel around Athens is the tram. Trams run from Syntagma Square (centre of Athens) to the to the southern (coastal) suburbs. The coaches are nice and modern.The tram pass by several beach areas.
You can get more information about tram timetables here.
There is a huge network of buses and trolleys (electric buses) that operates in Athens and its suburbs. They usually operate from 6:00 am until 11:00 pm, with the exception of some buses that operate 24 hours, such as the Express buses from Athens Airport to Syntagma or to the port of Piraeus. Get information about timetables on www.telematics.oasa.gr.
Tickets are the same for all public transportations (the underground, tram and buses) and can be bought in special kiosks around the town or inside all the Metro Stations :
All taxis are yellow and equipped with a taxi-meter that displays the fare. Taxis in Athens can be found anytime, anywhere. There are taxi ranks outside the airport, the train station, the metro stations, hospitals, museums, theaters … almost everywhere. The fares are doubled between midnight and 5 am. There is an extra fee when entering a taxi from the port, the airport, the rail station, and the KTEL bus station. If you want to stop a taxi in Athens, just step on the side of the road and raise your hand. Otherwise, you can book a taxi by calling on any of the following numbers: 18222, 18300, 18288, 18180 or you can book your taxi online.
Athens Airport is connected with Athens city center by metro, bus and the suburban railway:
387, Syggrou Ave.
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The Eugenides Foundation has a fully renovated environment and high-standard conference centre that has served scientific and technical education for more than 60 years. The prestige and substantial experience in hosting Greek and international scientific and professional conferences, combined with the modernized and fully equipped facilities, make the Eugenides Foundation Conference Centre a point of reference and attraction for important figures of the Greek and international scientific, technical and cultural community. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has hosted over 1400 Greek and international conferences and events and welcomed 470,000 participants. The conference halls of the Eugenides Foundation are housed in a landmark building complex in the area of Paleo Faliro, on Syggrou Avenue, just a few minutes away from the centre of Athens.
DOCUMENTS AND VISA INFORMATION
For citizens of European Union countries, a current valid ID is sufficient. For citizens outside EU, a passport is obligatory. Depending on the nationality of the delegates, the duration and the reason for their stay in Greece, it may be necessary for them to obtain a VISA before leaving. In this case, they should apply to the Greek consulate in their country.
Athens has warm temperatures and a pleasant Mediterranean climate. The average temperatures goes from 6° to 15° degrees in Winter/Autumn and from 15° up to 35° degrees in Spring/Summer. May is usually rather warm.
The currency is Euro (€).
Most shops, hotels and restaurants in Athens accept major credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.). Not all taxis accept payment by banker’s card, so it is recommended to check in advance.
The Athens Municipality collects a visitor tax that applies to paying accommodation. The tax varies from € 1.50 to € 5.00 per person/day.
WHAT IS THE LOCAL TIME IN ATHENS?
Athens is in GMT + 3 time zone.
WHAT IS THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY STANDARD IN ATHENS?
The electricity network follows the European standard of a tension of 230 V, with a frequency of 50 Hz.
Shops are generally open:
Note: Most shops in the centre stay open throughout the day on Monday and Wednesday, and do not close for the 2.5 hour break on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN ATHENS?
Athens is a safe place to visit but some safety considerations are to be kept in mind as, like any big city, has safe and unsafe areas. On the whole, it’s a lively, dynamic place to visit in Greece.
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