Newsletter for Athens - for ECML/PKDD Pariticipants
Athens among the top travel destinations
included in the "Smithsonian Life List: 43 Places to See Before You Die" See relevant article.
1. Athens Attractions - an insider's guide
Athens Riviera:Athens is very close to a long beautiful coast that can be visited easily via the tramway starting from Syntagma square. The tramway follows a scenic route along the coast reaching Glifada and Voula where you can swim or spend your day on the beach
Byzantine Museum:The collections of the Byzantine Museum show the course of Greek art from the 4th to the 19th century. They comprise sculptural works, paintings and small works of all sorts.
Cycladic Art - Goulandris museum :Apart from Cycladic Art you can also find Exhibitions from modern Greek Artists (DESTE PRIZE 2011 - from 12/5 till 30/10 2010 ): http://www.cycladic.gr
The Benaki Museum:The Benaki Museum ranks among the major institutions that have enriched the material assets of the Greek state. It is also the oldest museum in Greece operating as a Foundation under Private Law. http://www.benaki.gr
Eugenidion FoundationA spectacular IMAX theater http://www.eugenfound.edu.gr
Kakoyannis foundation(http://www.mcf.gr/en/) (Michalis Kakoyannis is the director of Zorba the Greek)
2. Architectural Treasures of Athens
- Sea front Tae Kwon Do stadium picture
- Peace and Friendship Stadium map
- Marousi ( Olympic Stadium , map )
Syngrou AvenueOne of the main avenues in Athens, connecting the city with the sea front. In the recent years new architecturally interesting buildings evolve as landmarks..
3. Every day Life
- Bus (www.oasa.gr): The urban buses that are under the authority of the OASA (organization of urban transport of Athens) connect all Municipalities of Athens and Piraeus. The Athens metropolitan area is also served by trolleybuses - or electric buses.
- Athens Tram (www.tramsa.gr): The tram network covers ten suburbs of Athens. This network runs from Syntagma Square to the southwestern suburb of Palaio Faliro, where the line splits in two branches; the first runs along the Athens coastline toward the southern suburb of Voula, while the other heads toward the Piraeus district of Neo Faliro.
- Attiko Metro (www.amel.gr): The Athens Metro is more commonly known in Greece as the Attiko Metro joins together with the Athens-Piraeus Electric rail and the Proastiakos suburban and it has 2 lines. The Red Line (line 2) runs from Aghios Antonios to Aghios Dimitrios and covers a distance of 10.9 km. The Blue Line (line 3) runs from the western suburbs, namely the Egaleo station, through the central Monastiraki and Syntagma stations to Doukissis Plakentias avenue in the northeastern suburb of Halandri, covering a distance of 16 km, then ascending to ground level and reaching Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, using the Suburban Railway infrastructure.
- Electric railway (ISAP - www.isap.gr): The Electric Railway Company (ISAP) line, which for many years served as Athens' primary urban rail transport. This is today the Green Line (line 1) of the Athens Metro network and unlike the red and blue routes running entirely underground, ISAP runs either above-ground or below-ground at different sections of its journey. It forms the oldest line of the Athens metro network connecting the port of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifissia.
- Commuter/Suburban rail (Proastiakos - www.trainose.gr). The Athens commuter rail service, referred to as the "Proastiakos", connects Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport to the city of Korinthos, west of Athens, via Larissa station, the city's central rail station and the port of Piraeus.
- www.youdrive.gr Helpful site to find the best route with transportation