This year, Greece is a big honeymoon and vacation destination for our clients.
My Vacation Lady sends many honeymooners to Greece, as well as couples celebrating anniversaries, families and even girl friend getaways and
Many want to bypass Athens and head right to the Greek Islands like Mykonos and Santorini. We try to recommend a couple of night stay in Athens, rather than just zipping out the next morning. Athens has so much history and culture that it is a shame not to experience it.
So what is there so see and do in Athens?
- Why not start your day or end your day with a view of the Acropolis? There are a number of hotels nearby that have rooftop restaurants or bars— the perfect place to eat or enjoy a cocktail with an amazing view. The rooftop Roof Garden Restaurant of the Grande Bretagne Hotel has one of the best views and a rooftop view of the sunsetting over the Acropolis is magical.
- Check out the Acropolis Museum (open 8am to 8pm except for Mondays). The top floor mirrors the dimensions of the Parthenon. The main floor is partially glass so you can see the ongoing excavations!
- Up for a hike? Get a fabulous view of the city with a hike up Mount Lycabettus. It’s not really a mountain, but it’s the highest point in Athens. The view from the observation platform near the St. George Chapel is fabulous. You can see as far as Piraeus (if it’s clear) but the view of the landmarks, like the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus and the Parliament Building are fabulous. It’s about a 30 minute climb but if you prefer, there is a Funicular, which departs every 30 minutes or so from Aristippou and Ploutarchou streets.
- Hit some markets. The Monastiraki Flea market is not just a flea market but more like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. It’s a top tourist attraction. You can buy almost anything there and you can bargain! The Central Market is a lively place to eat with plenty of fresh food on the go. Check out the Athens Flea Market, where you can find cheap tee shirts or antique jewelry. OR shop ’til you drop in the Plaka neighborhood.
- Watch the Changing of the Guards – head to the Syntagma Square on Sunday mornings for the 11am changing of the guards ceremony. Get there EARLY so you can get a great view!
- Eat Greek Food! Try the local mousakka, gyros, and don’t miss loukoumades- Greek donuts. Wash it down with some Greek wine and you’ll be in for a treat!
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Whether your vacation or honeymoon will take you near or far, My Vacation Lady can help make your dreams become reality.