Athens

Don't just attend a conference – make a vacation out of it

Revisit the GEN Summit 2018

Welcome to Athens, the ancient European capital!

With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is an exciting mix of history and edginess ready for you to explore! 

The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, is the hub around which Athens still revolves. This temple city, built in the 5th century BC, serves as a daily reminder to Greeks of their heritage and the city’s many transformations. All over the urban basin, rooftops and balconies angle toward the landmark, a block of milky marble atop a steep-sided hill. Pull up your own chair, settle in and allow time to appreciate the Acropolis’ many moods, as the light shifts and the clouds cast their shifting shadows. 

 

 

The cultural and social life of Athens plays out amid, around and in landmarks that are centuries old, if not millennia. The remnants of Ancient Greece get the most attention, of course, thanks to a little thing called democracy. Oh, and mythology, and drama, and philosophy. But don’t overlook the ‘later’ years: thousand-year-old Byzantine churches, Ottoman traces seen in architecture and in food, and not to forget the neoclassical style of the 19th century which adds elegance all over the centre. 

Although individuals have endured difficult circumstances since the start of the economic crisis in 2009, the city as a whole crackles with energy in art shows, political debates and even on the walls of derelict buildings, as Athens has become one of Europe’s most noted spots for street art. There are plenty of surprises to be discovered, so make sure to leave room in your schedule for spontaneous discovery: buy a ticket to that dance show that’s just starting as you walk by, or sit down at the restaurant where the musicians are setting up.

The Venue

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center – an exceptional venue in Athens!

 

This special sustainable venue, including the Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park, one of the largest green areas in Athens, was constructed with a €630 million grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation – most important in Europe in recent years. At the SNFCC, you will enjoy a variety of conference rooms with an extraordinary quality of sound, and also the Lighthouse, located on top of the building for spectacular views, when networking with friends & colleagues. 

 

 

The venue has an exceptional location overlooking the sea and the surrounding islands, a few kilometres from the city centre of Athens. This establishment is fitted for all type of events, and works perfectly for the size of the GEN Summit. Anything you’d like to organise, including meetings, workshops, lunches and dinners, fair stand exhibitions, product presentations, etc. can be set up in this venue during the GEN Summit.

The new terminals at the Athens International Airport and its efficient public transportation will also facilitate your journey to and from the capital of Greece. Additionally, from the city centre, you can catch the SNFCC free shuttle bus to and from the venue – The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

So come along! Enjoy Athens, enjoy the cultural center, and enjoy the GEN Summit! 
Photo © SNFCC/Yorgis Yerolympos

 

 

Eat, drink & do

Live life the greek way!

 

 

Greeks have religiously preserved the custom of gathering around the table to enjoy a meal or various appetisers, mezedes, with the drink ouzo. Having a meal with friends at home or at a taverna is a deeply rooted social habit. The atmosphere in typical restaurants and tavernas is casual, and the chefs around Athens are valued and respected. Greece, the country of Dionysos – the god of wine, is also the home of the first Vins de Qualite Produit Region wines in history, and the Athens restaurants offer good and diverse wine selections.

 

The Greek cuisine has four secrets. Fresh ingredients, proper use of aromatic herbs and spices, the famous Greek olive oil, and simplicity. Because of Greece’s mildness of climate, most vegetables are cultivated in a natural way, preserving their aroma and taste. You will be enchanted by the taste of Greek tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, parsley, garlic, and not to mention fresh Greek fruit. Make sure to try some local produce from around the region of Attica (Athens)!

Athens never sleeps. Some people even say that the city is more vibrant at night. You will experience that Athens’ nightlife offers a great variety and unique choices, making it possible to enjoy all and nothing throughout the night. The only problem might be that the following day you need to see the sightsThe Olympieion with the sanctuary temple of Olympian Zeus and Roman baths, the Acroplois a UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning views, or the old mosques & hamams built by Turkish rulers in the 17th century are some attractions sure to keep you busy.

 

 

 

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