Greece is known to be one of the most idyllic destinations; however you don’t have to be in Santorini’s caldera watching the sunset to enjoy some quality time with your sweetheart. Besides evolving into one of the top alternative destinations in Europe, Athens is also an ideal place to experience romantic moments with your beloved one -and to help you, we have gathered the best places for stroll, as well as additional suggestions for dining, drinking and relaxing.
#Morning stroll in Kifisia
Kifisia is located in the northern suburbs of Athens and is easily accessible both by train and buses. The area is synonymous to luxury and expensive brands, however in the later years Kifisia offers many affordable choices regarding food and shopping. The slated pavements, the old neoclassic residences of prominent Athenians and the market place constitute one of the most attractive neighborhoods of the city, where one can relax away from the crowded downtown streets. During summertime, the parks are ideal for a walk -and a refreshing break from the high temperatures as well. Enjoy your breakfast and coffee at Kefalari square, under the shade of plane trees and experience a different side of the city.
#Noon relaxation by the sea
You don’t have to go to the islands to enjoy the famous Greek summer; you and your loved one can just head to Athens’ riviera, the lengthy shore that unfolds along the coastal Vouliagmenis avenue. Organised beaches with bars, restaurants and cafeterias are packed with people who enjoy the amazing sun and sea, just a few kilometers from the city’s center. For those who seek a different experience, many seaside hotels offer an entrance fee and you can have the chance to sip on some cocktails while relaxing on your deck chair by the pool. For your lunch, choose among the many restaurants, where you can enjoy fresh fish and seafood while gazing at the amazing view.
#Afternoon walk at Plaka
Plaka is considered by many the most picturesque area of Athens -and what would be better than to spend a lovely afternoon strolling through its backstreets? The traditional neoclassic houses and small cafes will enchant you, while a visit at Anafiotika will travel you to a small cycladic village in the heart of the city -all these under the shade of Acropolis Hill. As a day has to end with a spectacular sunset, head to Philopappou Hill to watch Athens unfold before your eyes -the south part of the top has an amazing view of both the west and east coast of Attica. Breath-taking spot, ideal for romantic reflections.
#Watch the night sky from Lycabettus Hill
After watching the amazing sunset, hold hands and head to Kolonaki the lovely neighbourhood at the feet of Lycabettus Hill and enjoy a movie at the nostalgic open-air cinemas of the area – perfect for the summer nights. To end the night perfectly, do make the effort to climb the stairs that lead to the top of Lycabettus Hill, and enjoy the most spectacular view of the lightened city unfolding beneath your feet. Ah, to be in Athens and in love.