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In Greece, you are standing at crossroads of cultures, colours and civilisations, you feel the grandeur of history and the warmth of being at the southernmost part of Europe, you discover the evolutionary process of thought, influence and experience.

A country with a uniquely affluent historical past, inhabited by people gazing confidently and optimistically into the future.

A country that although statistically small, is huge in its diversity.

A landscape that has given us thousands of postcard images but remains incredibly vibrant and impossible to capture.

Greece is a country of beautiful contradictions, a constant journey in time, from the present to the past and back again.

Walk through the olive groves, through ancient sites. Move to clusters of sparsely inhabited islands. Roam from beaches to rocky mountains and explore the breathtaking scenery.

In Greece the fusion of images becomes more than imagery and turns into reality.

Explore your senses in Greece.

 

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Publications

“ATHENS-ATTICA” - Tourist Guide

the year of GreeceThe tourist guide “ATHENS-ATTICA”, a publication of the Ministry of Tourism and of the Greek National Tourist Organization (G.N.T.O.), is a modern, luxurious and useful guide providing detailed information on the history of Athens, its archeological sites, monuments, architecture and the present-day city. This 136-page, pocket-size guide (13 cm x 23 cm) is available in seven languages (Greek, English, French, Italian, Spanish, German and Russian).

The guide recommends eleven city tours, each one accompanied by a separate map of the specific itinerary to follow, and marked with all the spots that present a special interest for the user:

- the first three city tours guide visitors through monuments of the capital’s most important historical periods (Ancient Athens, Byzantine Athens, period of Turkish Occupation)
- the next seven city tours are organized following a geographical approach; they group together more recently developed areas of Athens with common historical, social and architectural features.
- the 11th city tour (from the Acropolis to the end of Vassilissis Sophias Avenue) is recommended to those visitors who will have a limited time of stay in Athens and who wish to visit the most important sites. During this tour, the visitor has the opportunity to get a good glimpse of all historical periods and witness the architectural development of the city, as well as its successive phases of evolution from classical times to the 21st century, thus taking a “walk in time and space” spanning 2500 years of history.

The first part of the guide describes the modern city’s architecture (19th and 20th century), showcasing its aesthetic significance with specific examples and suggestions; at the same time, the guide promotes areas that are “touristically forgotten” although they can be particularly interesting, such as Mets, Neapoli, Metaxourgeio, Kypseli, Piraeus Street, Ano Petralona, Ambelokipi, etc.

The second part consists of sections focusing on the outskirts of Athens, exhibits displayed in the various museums of the city and the wider region, and offers suggestions for daily excursions in Attica (Parnitha, Pendeli, Ymitos, Dafni, Piraeus, Sounio, Lavrio, Eleusis, Marathon, Amfiareion, north-west Attica, islands of the Saronic Gulf, etc.), as well as information on the city’s night life, shopping places and Greek gastronomy (food and wines).

The last part of the guide contains practical information which visitors will find most useful (general information, climate, accommodation, transportation, emergency calls, embassies, beaches, marinas, cultural events, sports, websites, etc.), as well as a map of the city and of the subway, tram and the suburban railway.

The guide is available free of charge at the information offices of the GNTO in Athens, Greece, as well as abroad.

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SHOOTING IN GREECE

Shooting in GreeceOver the last 50 years, Greece has been one of the most popular countries for hosting international film productions. The first foreign production ever filmed in Greece was The Boy on a dolphin (1957); since then, almost 90 international movies were filmed in cities, villages and landscapes of Greece. Amongst these, very well known are Never on Sunday (1960), The guns of Navarone (1961), Alexis Zorbas (1964), Topkapi (1964), Fedora (1978), The Greek tycoon (1978), For your eyes only (1981), Summer lovers (1982), Pascali’s island (1988), Mediterraneo (1991), Captain Corelli’s mandolin (2001), The Bourne Identity (2002), Lara Croft (2003) etc.

The publication “Shooting in Greece” is a luxurious and particularly useful guide featuring all places in Greece that lend themselves to settings for such film productions, as well as all services that can be provided in the country for the filming of these movies.

More specifically, the guide contains detailed information on:

  • the country (geography, administrative divisions, road/ railway/ port/ airport networks, climate, call centers of public administration services, hospitals, embassies, etc.).
  • numerous services provided (post offices, security companies, translators, interpreters, useful websites, etc.).
  • Greek companies dealing with production, post production, special effects, subtitling, distribution, public relations, etc, as well as foreign correspondents in Greece, international news agencies and mass media maintaining offices in Greece, and Greek TV stations.
  • services and equipment provided for both production development and realization (helicopters, small aircraft, car rental companies, casting and model companies, steadicam, costumes, etc.)
  • transportation (road, rail, sea and air) and accommodation, and finally information on:
  • sites throughout Greece lending themselves to shooting (archeological sites, coasts, cities and traditional villages, natural landscapes, medieval settlements, monasteries, mountainous areas, lakes, ravines, rivers, etc.), accompanied by abundant and high- quality photographic material.

 




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