This post has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here! I mean what better way to start the new week than with a full recap on my first real Athens experience, right?!
We flew in on a Wednesday night and woke up in beautiful Athens on a warm and sunny Thursday morning. It was my first ever trip to Greece and I was overwhelmed with all of the new impressions and experiences. 3400 years of culture is undoubtedly a good reason for visiting, but there is just so much more to Athens than that. Whether if you are a history buff or not, Athens is simply magical. Exploring the surprising and bustling streetart scene, the food, the culture, the people… I personally was taken by all of it in an instant.
Adress: Between Syntagma and Monastiraki
One of my personal favorites was strolling through all kinds of different neighborhoods. Plaka, Monastiraki, Syntagma, Acropolis, just to name a few. Many “must see” facilities are located in these places.
I would recommend to explore most of the city’s sites by foot. They are rich slices of history to be explored at almost every turn, you simply can’t escape it. Enjoy the beautiful gardens in the late afternoon, walk through the historic neighborhoods along beautiful buildings, museums, little shops, cafe’s, bar’s and taverns.
Adress: Within Plaka
The most surprising section of Plaka is Anafiotika. Plaka is Athens oldest naighberhood, located right below the Acropolis hill. It kinda reminds me of an island. Narrow alleys that lead to absolutely gorgoues terraces and white houses with blue doors gives this naigherbood an absolut charming, unique flair.
There are plenty of amazing old Greek taverns. Be sure to try a traditional Greek dinner! Souvlaki, tzaziki, pita and some house wine is a MUST!
Geros Tou Moria
Adress: Mnisikleous 27, Athens 1055, Greece.
Geros Tou Moria, one of Athens oldest Greek tavern. It’s idyllic atmosphere and the high quality cuisine and service makes this place my absolut favorite! Listening to Greek live music and enjoying the breathtaking scenery that outspreads all around, makes dinner an absolut special experience.
Theatre of Herodes Atticus.
Adress: Athens 105 58, Greece.
Located on the slope to Acropolis is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Back then it was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5000. The theater is still in use for musical and theatrical performances. With an overview on Athens, absolutely magical.
Adress: Athens 105 58, Greece.
Obviously the main tourist attraction in Athens. From almost any point within Athens, you can see the Acropolis standing high above the city, a monumental beauty built in humage to Athena, the goddess of wisdom.
I’m typically not into sightseeing that much, I don’t have to see every museum/monument to fully discover a city. I like to visit and explore what’s appealing to me. The Acropolis tho, was one of the monuments I wanted to see badly. And all I can say, by far the most astounding experience. Exploring the Acropolis simply is a “must do” when coming to Athens.
Adress: Glyfada Athens 16675, Greece.
If you find yourself overdosing on all the ruins, cathedrals and lot’s of sightseeing, a day at Glyfada beach is just the perfect thing to do, for a relaxing day off . The beach at Asteras Glyfadas is one of the most prestigious, with clear waters and golden sand. Glyfada itself is also well known for it’s vibrant atmosphere, the lively entertainment, great restaurants and interesting shopping. Glyfada can be reached conveniently from central Athens by tram.
Warm, beautiful weather, a clear blue sky and a picnic right by the ocean. Sooo relaxing!
Adress: Aiolou 21, Athens 105 51, Greece.
Ok, I firmly believe that this picture speaks for itself, but let me just talk about Lukumades for a little bit. One word, WOW!!! We came here for a late “breakfast” not knowing what we got ourselfs into. Balls of fried dough topped with white chocolate & chocolate praline sprinkled with almonds. Crisp on the outside, yet delicate and chewy on the inside. Best treat I ever had.
The shop is cleverly located near the trendiest night spots and open till late at night. Also an absolut “MUST” when coming to Athens.
Ice Queen Gelato
Adress: Makrigianni 9, Athens 11742, greece.
You all know by now that I like to enjoy a vegan treat quite often. So as you can imagine my excitment went through the roof when we came across Ice Queen Gelato. It’s an ice cream cafe right in the center of Athens, close to Acropolis Museum. This awesome gelato cafe offers several flavours of ice cream of which 8 or so are vegan, clearly labelled + regular and vegan waffles. We ordered soy cappucino and vegan waffles topped with vegan coconut ice cream & vegan nutella. I mean, seriously?! I’ve eaten lots of vegan treats over the past decades, but this one was BOMB!!!
Adress: 50 Adrianou / Monastiraki, Athens 105 55, Greece.
Definitely one of the best gelatos I’ve had in a long time. Simply delicious and so creamy. Highly recommended!
A for Athens
Adress: 2-4 Miaouli St., Monastiraki, Athens Greece.
A for Athens, a hotel located right above Monastiraki’s central square.
Their rooftop is open to public and includes a 360-degree view cafe & bar. One of my personal highlights at night.
Make sure to come by at night, have a glass of wine and/or a cocktail and simply enjoy the breathtaking view to Acropolis.
Overall, we explored the city to it’s fullest, walked more than a million miles, ate delicious food and made some Greek friends. Frankly, we had the most amazing time ever. We left with the most wonderful memories and I’m still taken by all of Athens beauty. I will definitely retun one day!
Hope you guys liked my short recap about Athens?!