Hospitality in
a modern capital

Modern Athens presents a multilayered
universe for a safe and exciting modern living.

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, with its recorded history spanning over

3,400
years

The marks of the ancient metropolis, renowned for its cultural and artistic heritage, are evident throughout the city.

Underneath the emblematic Acropolis and its Parthenon today spreads a multi-layered metropolis. Its rich history and culture is an amalgam of its Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman past.

Ancient ruins, byzantine churches, Ottoman Hammams, neo classical houses and modern buildings showcase the different layers of the city.

This doesn’t come as surprise considering the country’s location;

an ancient hub
connecting the
east and the west

close to the Balkans and Mediterranean countries.

Athens is in close proximity to captivating
mountains and sea landscapes

From the mountain…

The city stretches on a large peninsula protected by mountains:
Egaleo to the west, Parnitha to the north, Penteli to
the north- east and Ymittos to the east.
This unique morphology, allows Athenians’ direct access to
nature and a variety of outdoor activities.

Parnitha, the highest mountain
of Attica with an altitude of 1,400 meters offers hiking,
mountain biking, and rock climbing to those fond of
outdoor sports. For nature lovers it offers a National pine
park whose flora is one of the richest in Greece. It features
818 recorded plant and herb species. Visitors can walk
through the park and explore the area and its small caves.

To the sea…

The Attica peninsula is surrounded by the Aegean Sea, the Gulf of Evoikos, the Saronic Gulf and the Gulf of Corinth. With more than 50km of coastline, Athens, as the rest of Greece, is all about the sea.

The Athens Riviera, spreading from the Marina of Floisvos to Cape Sounion and the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon offers an idyl seaside landscape, with modern buildings, hip restaurants and cafés, organized beaches, 5 star resort hotels and sport facilities.

The coast line is ideal for family strolls down the “promenade”, shopping, dining by the sea, and experiencing the famous seaside nightlife. The Attica coastline, full of blue flag beaches and seaside towns, reveals the beauty of the Aegean Sea.

The area is also a water sports’ paradise, with several surf clubs, scuba diving centers and sailing clubs. For those more keen on traditional sports, the Sport Center of Agios Kosmas offers 14,000m2 of sport facilities including basketball courts, wrestling, track fields, gymnastics and others.

Attica offers a multitude of islands
in close proximity to Athens

The island of Aegina, for example, is practically a suburb of Athens now, and is a lively and bustling spot.

Hydra and Spetses islands still preserve their 19th century charm combined with a contemporary cosmopolitan allure. Poros is the ideal romantic retreat, whereas the slightly more distant Cyclades (Myconos, Santorini etc.) can be reached very fast both by airplane or high-speed boats.

Metropolitan Park

The future development of the old Airport of Elliniko (currently under design) into a public space will feature the city’s biggest park of

2,000 acres.

Mediterranean climate

Athen’s mediterranean climate consists of mild winters with moderate rainfall, and warm sunny summers. The change of seasons is smooth, with an average temperature of
18.5 C
that allows easy outdoor activities during all seasons of the year.


Athens is among
the sunniest cities
in Europe featuring
an average per year


300 days
of sun!

Thanks also to its climate, Athens is famous for its Mediterranean nutrition based on the so-called “Mediterranean trinity” namely: wheat, vine and olive.

Greek Nutrition

The Greek diet is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world because it’s based largely on fruit and vegetables, whole grains, fish, the Greek famous dairy, namely Feta Cheese and Greek Yogurt, and last but not least olive oil.

This precious commodity has been produced in Greece since the 8th millennium BC. In 2013, UNESCO added the Mediterranean diet
to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Physical Wellbeing

Exercise is a vital element of well being and the Athenians know it well. The city features numerous sport clubs, gyms and training centers.

Athens is also the proud owner of the Authentic Marathon which is revived every year on the Original Marathon Course in honor of Pheidippides the news-bearing Athenian soldier who ran 42km to announce the victory of the Greeks against the Persians during the Marathon Battle in 490 BC.

Exercising the Mind

Exercising the mind along with the body is a solid conviction for Greece, originating from the ancient years. Education and culture, in their broader sense, are of vital importance to Greeks.

After all Greece has been the birthplace of academies and is widely recognized as the birthplace of many of the Western European linguistic, philosophical, cultural and scientific concepts.

Gross enrollment ratio in tertiary education according to UNDP
Human Development Index reaches 110%. Further to that,
a recorded average of

30,000

Greek students travel abroad
for their studies,an amount that
accounts for 5.8 percent of the
country’s total student body.

This mobility creates a concept of brain circulation which appears to be of great importance to Greeks. Living and studying abroad offers a unique opportunity to Greek students to broaden their horizons and come to contact with, new mentalities and new ways of thinking, thus promoting the openness of the Greek society.

This wide conception of modern education is responsible for a new wave of entrepreneurs, scientists, and artists that thrive in Greece.

This is depicted in Greece’s high rates according to the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) in Start Up skills and Human Capital, Process Innovation and Internationalization, and Risk Capital.

Safety & Equality

Athens is a very safe city with happy people that enjoy day and night life. The notions of equality, freedom, and respect for human rights are encoded in the DNA of the Greeks. Hence, an open multicultural society at the crossroads of civilizations has always been one of the trademarks of the Greek capital. Since 2005 Athens has been the proud host of the Athens Pride, organized by a very active LGBT community.

History & Culture

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museums

located in Athens constitute a major reference point for the culture and identity of the city. Athens hosts some of the most important museums in the world including the Acropolis Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art.

Over the recent years Athens has been in the cultural spotlight due to its modern art explosion, manifested in the present street art movement, the new emerging Greek Cinematic Weird Wave, the newly established Museum of Contemporary art and the numerous experimental galleries blossoming around the city center.

The BBC recently raised the question whether

Athens can
become
Europe’s
new art capital.

This question becomes even more relevant with the decision of Documenta 14 the German exhibition of international contemporary art organized by the city of Kassel since 1955 to split across two cities for the first time, choosing Athens, as the ideal counterpart.

Athenians enjoy art, as the city offers endless opportunities to this end.

148 theaters

2 opera houses

Among them the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a sustainable, world-class cultural, educational and recreational urban complex that includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, located within the Stavros Niarchos Park.

The Onassis Cultural Center is also an important cultural hub. A cultural space which hosts events and activities across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music, cinema and the visual arts.

From spring to autumn a cultural fever spreads around Athens with endless concerts, plays and exhibitions taking place in almost every Athenian neighborhood. Moreover, international cuisine combined with the novel trends of the Greek cuisine complete a surprisingly rich culinary landscape of Athens.

Athens Festivals

The most important is the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, running simultaneously performances through the summer in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus and the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, the Lycabettus Theatre, the urban space of former Tsaougoglou factory, other open-air and closed spaces in Attica. Running since 1955 the Festival has hosted some of the most important performances Greece has seen.

Cinema, is also transformed during the summer, with Athenians watching their films under the starry Attica sky. Athens has approximately 100 cinemas with 36 being open air.

The city also hosts the Athens Open Air Film Festival which organizes screenings of classic films in classic Athenian locations, as well as the Athens International Film Festival “Opening Nights”.

Activities for Children

Many cultural and educational activities can also be found in Athens for children. Major Museums organise weekly interactive workshops for kids, although a dedicated children Museum is located in the center of Athens.

Cultural exhibitions, festivals, plays and concerts take place in the city center all year long, especially around summer and Christmas. During the summer many private schools and educational organisations also schedule weekly and daily camps for kids, with cultural, creative and sport activities.

Pet friendly City

Athens is a pet-friendly city. It only takes a walk around the city’s streets to encounter numerous pet owners and their happy four-legged friends, relaxing along squares and green areas.

Pet rules are standard, and foresee the use of leash when walking your pet and using plastic bags to clean after it. Most cafes and restaurants are pet friendly, whereas numerous are the pet shops and groom saloons that will eagerly treat you and your pet.