Make a quick getaway to Athens

Explore the ancient capital of Greece, that is filled with history, art and culture. There are many hidden gems that you need to discover, as you walk on the bustling streets of Athens.

Monastiraki Square Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
Monastiraki Square
Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

Start your journey by exploring the lively Monastiraki Square in the old town of Athens. The square is known for its infamous flee market, as there are boutiques and shops that can be found as you walk down the cobbled alleyways. Monastiraki is surrounded by outdoor restaurants with live traditional Greek music, classy rooftop bars, modern ice cream and frozen yoghurt parlours as well as historic monuments such as the Ancient Agora. Join the curious crowd that are always entertained by the live dancers that perform daily on the square. Whether you want to take a stroll through the busy square or enjoy a drink at their trendy bars, Monastiraki will never fail to disappoint you, as you’ll always have a night to remember.

City Zen rooftop bar Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
City Zen rooftop bar
Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

City Zen is the latest addition to the classy rooftop bars in Monastiraki. Whether you are sitting at the terrace or on the roof top, you are able to enjoy your cocktail whilst looking up to Acropolis and looking down at the city live in action. From cocktails being served in pineapple themed cups to delicious desserts and mains, there’s no wonder why City Zen has become so popular. It is better to book a table in advance, as this bar is packed with people day and night, making it the new and exciting hot spot in Athens.

Piraeus Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

Take the train to Piraeus and explore the stunning marina at Mikrolimano. The marina is surrounded by beautifully decorated restaurants that serve fresh seafood, as well as 19th century colonial style neoclassical buildings, which are lit up at night and contrast against the dark sky that is covered in a blanket of stars. Piraeus is the largest main seaport in Athens. Continue your trip from Piraeus and take a train to South Athens, where all the beaches are.

Beach at Kalamaki Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
Beach at Kalamaki
Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

Kalamaki are one of the very many areas that have beaches in South Athens. As you go deeper into areas of South Athens such as Glyfada, you will discover many beaches that have different purposes. One could be quieter than the other, or the other could be hosting the biggest beach parties; however either way you will definitely have a great time. Take a dip into the crystal clear waters at Kalamaki beach or enjoy an ice cold Frappe under the Mediterranean sun and relax.

Pork Souvlaki Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
Pork Souvlaki at Ladokolla taverna
Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

Greece is famously known for their ‘taverna’. Taverna’s are small Greek restaurants that serve traditional Greek food and also at times have live Greek singers. Ladokolla is one of the very many popular Greek taverna’s to go to if you want to truly experience the Greek cuisine. Ladokolla in literal translation means greaseproof paper. This taverna is famously known for serving their dishes on greaseproof paper, making it unique and stand out from other tarvena’s. From pork souvlaki being served on a long, metal skewer to a meat platter including lamb balls, you will certainly have the chance to taste these classic dishes in such big portions.

Parthenon temple at Acropolis Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades
Parthenon temple on the Athenian Acropolis
Photographer: Adrianna Anastasiades

Stand on the ancient grounds of Athens as you look up to the glorious and tall Parthenon on the Acropolis. The historic and significant temple has been standing strong since 447 BC. Why not see Athens as a whole whilst standing on the rocks under Acropolis? At night, the rocks under Acropolis is the perfect spot to watch the whole city lit up at night as well as being able to see Mount Lycabettus and the grounds of ancient Agora, creating a picturesque view.

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