Discover Athens and Greece

Under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos

27th Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME)

June 25th – 28th, 2019
Athens University of Economics and Business

The Athens’ History and Places to Visit

Athens is a city in Attica established among seven historic hills and surrounded by remarkable mountains. Inhabited for more than 5,000 years, Athens is widely known as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Consisting of a large city center, an urban district and metropolitan area, Athens presents a blend of historical and modern features. The city is famous for its archaeological ruins and monuments. However, Athens is not just about ancient ruins. This city is also an important center for culture, nightlife and sports and it constitutes one of the top tourist attractions all over the world.

The Acropolis and the Parthenon are historical sites that no one should miss. A main stop on any Athens tour is the New Acropolis Museum, which resides near the base of the hill overlooking the city. It has the largest collection of Greek architecture and ancient sculptures. For visitors who love art exhibitions, there is no better place to visit in Greece than the National Archaeological Museum. The collections include small vases, working tools, clay vases and other small artifacts that are some of the oldest archaeological finds dating back to the 7th millennium BC.

The Erechtheus or Erechtheion, a temple made from Pentelic marble, is located on the Acropolis, and is one of the legendary pieces of Greek architecture. In the heart of Athens, the National Garden provides a green oasis for sunny afternoon trips. The Royal Garden has a private garden for the Royal Palace, which is now the Parliament Building. The Public Garden was established in 1923. This is a quiet and peaceful place away from the bustling city with a gorgeous green canopy of trees and vibrant plant life.

A major point of interest for any traveler to Athens is Syntagma Square. The most famous aspect of Syntagma is the changing of the guards by the Evzones in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Hellenic Parliament Building is located here as well as various buses, trolleys and tram stops. A fountain, ancient statues and two large grassy areas offer the picture perfect place for photos and picnics.  For romantic evenings, gorgeous sunsets and an amazing panoramic view of Athens, the Hill of Lycabettus is an incredible adventure. As the highest point in Athens, it allows visitors to see all across the Attica basin and the Aegean Sea.

Infrastructure and safety
Athens is an absolutely safe city that successfully hosted the Olympic Games in 2004. The infrastructure of Athens has been developed very fast within the last 10 years with new highways, a new international airport, new metro, tram and railway lines, huge shopping centres, stadiums and sport centres and with the port of Piraeus having been developed to one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean. The city’s modern infrastructure hosts millions of visitors every year, with Athens being a top destination worldwide.

Views of Athens and Pireaus

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Suggestions on Athens tours and nearby excursions from the affiliated with the Conference travel agent:

One-day tour in Athens
Five-hour morning tour in Athens
Four-hour tour "Athens by night"
1 Day Tour to Mycenae, Nauplion City and Epidaurus
1-Day 3-Island Cruise near Athens


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