WHY CONSIDER TRAVELLING TO GREECE

Ancient history is Europe’s tourism trump card, so why is it that the most ancient city on the Continent has been so overlooked? It just can’t be!

Greece and especially Athens is fast-becoming the destination of choice for a wave of savvy millennial travellers looking for a sun-drenched city break with a difference. If you dare to see beyond Greece’s former economically turbulent time, you will be rewarded endlessly.

You are in Athens. Before you let its charm seduce you, and you start wandering through its streets, stand for a minute and consider: How does a city carrying the weight of so much history manage to simultaneously remain so modern and dynamic? Athens has the power to surprise you with its contrasts – a youthful elixir. Wise and carefree. Imposing and light. Old, and yet, so new. All at the same time, with the same intensity.

In particular Athens is a place where ancient monuments stand beside hipster coffee joints and rooftop bars. What you just can’t miss:

  1. THE ACROPOLIS

The rugged and iconic citadel of the Acropolis towers dramatically over Athens, ensuring part of the city remains perfectly frozen in time. The mind-boggling history of The Acropolis dates back to 447 BC but even if you’re not that into the facts, it’s worth coming up here for the breath-taking 360 degree views of Athens. It will be worth it for the ‘gram.

2. THE COFFEE CULTURE (FRAPPE / COLD COFFEE)

Coffee culture is rife in Athens. Young creatives and business minds flock to the most on-trend establishments in the city such as Tailormade, Spollati or Six d.o.g.s, where outdoor tables are hot property. If you’re lucky enough to get one, pull up a pew, order yourself a ‘freddo’ coffee and prepare to watch the catwalk of passers by.

3. THE ROOFTOP BARS

Scattered throughout the city, the rooftop bars of Athens are hard to find. Often hidden away and terribly signposted, each one feels like a secret society for people in-the-know. They’re buzzing morning, noon and night and depending on what time you go you’ll get a different perspective of the Acropolis and the white washed city below. Head to Couleur Locale for the ultimate secret scene or go to The Roof Garden at The Electra Metropolis to watch an incredibly chic sunset.

4. ANAFIOTIKA

Until recent years the sleepy hillside village of Anafiotika went by unnoticed by tourists, but now the secret is out. Located just below The Acropolis hill, this tiny village is more reminiscent of a rural Cycladic island than a capital city. Get lost amongst the labyrinth of narrow alleyways that connect the whitewashed houses.

5. THE FOOD

One thing that remains timeless about Athens is the food. The quality and produce of Greek food in Athens is just as high as on the islands. Feast on succulent souvlakis, fresh seafood, mouth-watering mezzes, baked moussakka and tomatoes that taste ten times more delicious than in London.

6. THE PRICE

Greece’s financial crisis has kept the prices of food, drink and alcohol extremely competitive, meaning you’ll be pleasantly surprised when the bill comes. Local wines are very cheap and equally as delicious as their imported counterparts.

7. THE SUNSHINE

Athens is drenched in sun for the majority of the year, and even if you travel in January you can expect highs of 10 degrees. The optimum time to travel is between March and May, when the skies will be blue and the breeze will be balmy. Whatever time of year you travel, you’re likely to see skies as blue as the Greek flag.

8. THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

This dazzling modernist museum at the foot of the Acropolis’ southern slope showcases its surviving treasures still in Greek possession. While the collection covers the Archaic and Roman periods, the emphasis is on the Acropolis of the 5th century BC, considered the apotheosis of Greece’s artistic achievement. The museum cleverly reveals layers of history, floating over ruins with the Acropolis visible above, showing the masterpieces in context. Designed by US-based architect Bernard Tschumi with Greek architect Michael Photiadis, the €130-million museum includes items formerly held in other museums or in storage, as well as pieces returned from foreign museums.

9. THE FLEA MARKET

The saying that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ certainly rings true in Athens’ Flea Market. This fascinating complex of stalls sells objects that are weird, wonderful and downright bizarre. Prepare to channel your inner David Dickinson and put your negotiation skills to the test.

10. THE PICTURESQUE PLAKA

Plaka is Athens’ Old Town and easily the most picturesque neighborhood. Imagine cobbled streets, historical architecture, sun-drenched piazzas and restaurants with white and blue tablecloths. Andrianou is the main shopping street in Plaka and is lined with boutique stalls and souvenir shops. Venture to the end of this street and you’ll find a strip of great restaurants too.

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Event Makers DMC is a leading Destination Management Company in Greece.

Event makers DMC provides tailor-made destination management services from accommodation, transportation, venues and catering, to social programmes, activities, entertainment, logistics and events management - in a wide range of destination management fields: incentives, events, meetings, conferences, all over Greece. We know our destinations inside out and this allows us to consistently create novel ideas which will inspire even the most discerning traveler in Greece.

Event planning, designing, developing creative strategy, and implementing your event with Event Makers DMC assures great success and value for money experience. Event Makers DMC is a team recognized by their warm personalized service and passion for their locale and always willing to go the extra mile for their clients.

Event Makers DMC was established in 2004 by industry Professionals. A common vision of Top Executives in the field of Meetings, Conferences and Incentives in Greece, led them to form a customer-oriented Company that understands / incorporates the needs of our demanding Market. Although, a fairly new Company, Event Makers DMC managed to achieve within a short period of time, recognition and loyalty and as a result developed a portfolio of many important Events in Greece. All of them were delivered with Great Success.

Towards the end of 2009, the DMC Division of the Company became independent and Event Makers DMC Ltd. was established.

The Headquarters of Event Makers DMC are located in Athens. Associated Offices in the major Greek Islands (Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini) enable Event Makers DMC to handle Events by using them as a base where our Athens’ office Project Managers co-ordinate the operations along with the local Staff for excellent event management all over Greece.

Why Work with us

Event makers DMC, The destination management company in Greece, thinks outside the box to accomplish the wow factor and leverage your event for unqualified success.

Expertise, Creativity, Reliability, Efficiency and Passion for Perfectionism are the key assets of Event Makers DMC. Senior level client focused, dedicated, highly skilled and motivated staff operate your Events in Greece behind-and-on-the-scene with service excellence delivering authentic, highly creative destination experiences and state of the art Events. You can expect carefully designed recommendations for your incentive, meeting or conference, always incorporated to your feedback. Event Makers DMC designs unique solutions to exceed expectations by understanding client’s corporate culture and how success is defined for them.

Event Makers DMC works hard to maintain great working relationships with the market leaders in their area of expertise, all over Greece. Negotiating attractive rates for your event and operating every program through out from A to Z. All Event Makers DMC approved vendor partners: hotels, venues, restaurants, transportation, entertainers and caterers throughout Greece, meet Health & Safety as well as Risk Assessment policies of our company to make sure that Event Makers DMC clients receive the highest level of service and attention.

Event Makers DMC strives to be the premier event & destination management provider within the territory of Greece to the World’s MICE industry by combining expertise and innovation, contributing to the growth and sustainability of the tourist sector. Our aim is to create personalized destination experiences that speak specifically to our clients’ goals and corporate cultures. Our philosophy lies upon deep and sincere respect for other countries and cultures, for our business partners as well as our own employees.

Event Makers DMC offer a wide range of Services such as:

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