Greece is situated at the heart of the Mediterranean in south-eastern Europe, on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. It is a country of culture, arts and sciences. Its tradition of contribution to global cultural and scientific communities, combined with its outstanding natural beauty and excellent infrastructure, has made it an ideal place in which to hold conferences.
Time zone: GMT+ 2:00
Language: Modern Greek, English is widely spoken
Government: Unitary parliamentary republic
Memberships: Greece has been a member of what is now the European Union, since 1981, the eurozone since 2001, NATO since 1952, and is a founding member of the United Nations. Greece was a founding member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). Greece is also a member of the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization.
Central Macedonia is one of the thirteen regions of Greece, consisting of the central part of the geographical and historical region of Macedonia. With a population of almost 1.9 million, it is the second most populous in Greece after Attica. Central Macedonia is Greece's most visited region. Although geographically part of central Macedonia, Mount Athos is not administratively part of the region, but an autonomous self-governing state under the sovereignty of Greece.
Top Reasons to Go to Central Macedonia:
Mt. Olympus: Bask in a gods'-eye view from the top of Greece's highest peak, often covered in clouds and lighting as if to prove Zeus still holds sway—ascend skyward thanks to numerous enchanting trails.
Thrilling Thessaloniki: In this great commercial hub, the Armani suits and €5 coffees provide a startling contrast to the ruins of the ancient city walls, Byzantine monuments, and the spirited bartering of the city's bazaar.
Between Heaven and Earth: Mt. Athos, pinpointed with monasteries, is Greece's most solemn precinct; off-limits to women, it is an exclusive bastion as well.
Alexander the Great Sites: The fabled ancient ruler made this region the crossroads of the ancient world—walk in his footsteps in Pella (his birthplace), and Vergina (home to the royal tomb of his father, Phillip II).