About Greece

No other country can boast such an important dynasty of athletes, Titans and Gigantes! And it’s the Greek history and landscapes that jointly built the modern Greece we know today. Here is a country routed in our consciousness, whether we’ve visited it or not.

The names of ancient Gods and Goddesses are taught to us at an early age, and the epistemology of their philosophers still widely referenced in society today.

Greece is one of only a few European countries that can boast a history of over 5,000 years, and yet be one of the most important modern European countries providing state-of-the-art conference centres, exceptional hotels, eclectic and historical venues, sightseeing, island hopping and numerous entertainment options.

Greece is a mountainous peninsula located on the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea. With a total area of 130,800 km2, the country is surrounded by sea from three sides. The northern side borders with other Balkan countries. Due to the many islands, in the Aegean and the Ionian Sea, Greece has the longest coastline in Europe and the fifth longest coastline in the world. The country has a population of about 11 million, with 4 million living in Athens, the country’s capital.

Why Greece?

  • The Weather: One of the most favourable and sunny corners of Europe, where for more than two thirds of the year, Greece basks under clear and sunny skies
  • Location: Short haul from most European countries / International Airports
  • The Greeks: Nice people, friendly, helpful and welcoming
  • Culture: Untouched villages, Mediterranean culture, old customs. A unique combination of the old and the new in a spectacular Mediterranean setting
  • History & Art: From Stone Age to the Present, Unique archaeological sites, World Class and one-of-a-kind museums
  • Gastronomy: Traditional Greek to Nouveau Fusion Cuisine. The Cretan regime, the healthiest and most enjoyable cuisine, where the fish is always fresh and the real feta is Greek
  • The Landscape: 80% of the country is covered by mountains, but its beaches are breathtaking - there are more than 1,200 islands to choose from
  • Sports & Leisure: More Blue Ribbon Beaches than any Mediterranean country, sailing, water sports, golf, hiking, trekking, wildlife
  • Shopping: Top designers, exquisite jewellery, fine antiques, high quality leather goods
  • Nightlife & Entertainment: Unbeatable night life including beachside bars, exceptional night clubs, traditional bouzoukia


Athens

Athens surrounds you with the ancient: the Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysus, Herodes Atticus, the Arch of Hadrian and the Athenian Trilogy. It’s the crumbling Meccano kit of empires built and empires destroyed.

The history of Athens begins more than 3000 years ago when during the prehistoric times its first inhabitants created their first settlement on the rock of Acropolis. It took hundreds of years until the sacred rock of Acropolis finds its glory during the golden age of Pericles 495-429 BC with the construction of most of its monuments. During those thousands of years Athens went through times of glory and times of decline. It finally became the capital of Greece in 1834 mostly for its location and historical importance.

Athens Today: Athens grew to an important financial European capital. The infrastructure of Athens has been developed very fast within the last 10 years with new highways, a new airport, new metro lines, a new tram line, a new railway, huge shopping centres, stadiums and sport centres and the port of Piraeus has been developed to one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean. The 2004 Olympic Games put the city back into one of the most important European capitals. Today’s Athens is a modern city, but it still has its aura of ancient glory which becomes evident when one takes an evening stroll in the old city.

Athens Airport: The new airport of Athens Eleftherios Venizelos, located in Spata, is one of the best airports in Europe and is located approx. 40 minutes transfer time from the city centre. The airport serves flights to Greece daily from several international airlines from all over the world.

Museums & Sites: As would be expected, Athens echoes its history in its museums and famous archaeological sites; the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum, the ancient Agora, Keramikos, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Archeological Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, Benaki and Byzantine museums are only some of them. The city’s ideal location affords
day trips to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and the magnificent Nafplion town, to Delphi, Corinth and Mycenae ancient sites and cruises to the picturesque islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.

Ferries, Hydrofoils, Catamarans and other vessels: are sailing on a daily basis from the port of Piraeus (the major port of the region) and there are daily ferry connections to all the Greek islands. Other smaller ports in Attica region also serve sea connection.

Shopping Districts: Downtown Athens is a shopper’s paradise. The clothing shops have quality men’s and women’s apparel and shoe stores from all over the world. Ermou Street : is the No 1 shopping street in Athens, where besides local shops you can find well known stores; it is one of the largest pedestrian streets and it is like a fair, any day of the week, with thousands
of shoppers, street musicians etc.

Kolonaki: caters to upscale customers. Prestigious brands, the freshest trends in the world, all these and many more can be found here. A visit at Kolonaki, guarantees that you’ll go home a fashionista, not a fashion victim!

Glyfada: On the South side of Athens, in the district called Glyfada, you can lose yourself in a variety of shops for every need and budget. On the North side: there are Kifissia and Marousi districts, with expensive and trendy shops but unique designs in clothing, shoes and accessories. Plaka and Monastiraki: are the most well listed areas for local souvenirs, artefacts and local goods.

Nightlife: Athens is most famous though for its famous nightlife. Greeks, unlike most west Europeans, are night owls. Many night clubs in Athens open after midnight. On Friday and Saturday night whole areas have heavy traffic between 3-5 a.m. Music bars, clubs and cafeterias are buzzing with young people until the early morning hours.

Food: eating out is a way of life. Restaurants are more than places to have a bite before the evening entertainment; very often they are the entertainment.
There is a huge variety of options when it comes to eating from local tavernas serving Greek / Mediterranean cuisine to elegant restaurants with Michelin stars and many more accreditations. Greeks take their time over food. Breakfast is light; lunch is eaten in the mid-afternoon; and dinner usually doesn’t start until 10 p.m.