PROXIMITY OF THE VENUES
The Olympic sports complex (OAKA), the venue for swimming, water polo and diving, was built in 1991 and became a part of the facilities of the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens ‘Spiros Louis’. Two modern aquatic complexes (one of them is outdoor and the other is indoor) were constructed in an area of 70 acres. Several major events have been hosted in the Olympic Aquatic Center, such as the Mediterranean and European Swimming Games of 1991. The main event, of course, remains the Aquatic tournament of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. The Open Water swimmers will enjoy the most beautiful open water course in the picturesque port of Zea in Piraeus. All venues have numerous possibilities for accommodation. Athletes will have the great opportunity for a pleasant stay and quick transportation from the accommodation facilities to the competitions. You won’t lose time for transportation, since all four venues are close to each other. You can go there on the subway (the exit will be required at the station ‘Irini’, by bus (routes 441, 602, 550, Α7, X14, Β7, X15, M1, X40 and others). More information is available here:http://www.oaka.com.gr/?lang=en
INDOOR SWIMMING POOLS
It includes: 1. 50X21X2m depth indoor competition pool of 8 lanes 2. 25X12.5X1.80m depth indoor training pool 3. 25X12.5X5m depth indoor diving pool with 1m, 3m, 5m, 7.5m and 10m boards 4. indoor polygonal pool for divers warm up 5. 50X21X2m depth outdoor competition and training pool of 8 lanes 6. 10X10X0.70-0.90m depth outdoor pool for children learning 7. 33X25X2m depth outdoor competition pool for synchronized swimming (new construction, capacity: 800 spectators) Electronic board. Four concrete pillars support the space frame of the roof, with a span of 108m, which is the biggest in the world. Capacity: 5,500 spectators and 1,300 media (written and electronic press).
OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS
It includes: 1. 50X25X2m depth outdoor competition pool of 10 lanes 2. 25X21X5m depth diving pool with 1m, 3m, 5m, 7.5m boards 3. 3 indoor small octagonal pools for divers warm up Electronic board Capacity: 8,000 spectators and 500 media (written and electronic press) http://www.mypanorama.gr/mp/oaka/en/index.php
THE CLOSENESS OF THE VENUES FOR ALL SPORTS IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE STRONGEST ADVANTAGES AND HAS A HUGE POTENTIAL TO CREATE A FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE WITH RICH ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMME.
EASY BY AIR
Athens is served by the Athens International Airport (ATH), located near the town of Spata, in the eastern Messoghia plain, some 35 km (22 mi) east of Athens. The airport, awarded the “European Airport of the Year 2004″ Award, is intended as an expandable hub for air travel in southeastern Europe .
BY METRO, TRAIN, TROLLEYBUS OR BUS Athens is serviced by a variety of transportation means, forming the largest mass transit system of Greece. The Athens Mass Transit System consists of a large bus fleet, a trolleybus fleet that mainly serves Athens’s city center, the city’s Metro, a commuter rail serviceand a tram network, connecting the southern suburbs to the city centre. All 1,4 e Buses and trains to Athens run every day from numerous European cities.
BY CAR It is easily accessible by car from all the European countries
ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Climate data for Athens in May Average high temperature °C 26.5 Average low temperature °C 16.8 Average sea temperature °C 18.5 Mean daily daylight hours 14.0”
During the time of the Championships special transportation systems for participants and accompanying persons will be organized.
Shuttle buses with affordable tickets will be operating between the venues and official hotels in Athens.
TRANSPORTATION ON DEMAND
Transportation on demand can be arranged for larger groups or participants arriving at venues outside official hours or people wanting to explore the region.
CAR RENTAL Special car rental offers will be available for all participants.
OPEN WATER competition and Super-sprint 25 m will be take place near Piraeus port