I visited Athens, Greece with not much time on my hands. So I carefully planned three fun-filled days visiting the ancient city so I could later share it with you. Check it out:
Spend the Day Exploring the Local Food Scene by Foot.
Seek and find the authentic flavors of Greece by experiencing the local produce and delicacies of Athens.
Widely popular amongst locals looking to further explore the gastronomic nooks of their city, Eating Athens grants you access to herbs, aged cheeses and cured cuts, olives, wines and raki, and overwhelming desserts. You'll get to taste a bunch so don't eat too heavy of a breakfast. But most of all, you'll become a bit more familiar with the city!
What's more: a portion of your tour ticket goes to the "Smile of a Child" NGO.
Kick Back and Have a Dinner with a View.
Take your love for the Acropolis to a whole new level by dining a la rooftop at Point A restaurant. If the romantic ambiance with a direct view of the up-lit Acropolis isn't convincing enough, check out this review of our meals:
Point A makes ::strong:: quality cocktails! I ordered the P.S. house cocktail: a tangy drink made with appleton white and V/X, fig marmalade, campari, and mandarin. It was delicious and not too sweet at all.
I ordered a uniquely dressed sea bass as my appetizer. The flavors were shockingly melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The bass was fresh and light and the tomatoes and grilled almyra (native to Greece) complimented the meal with its airy texture.
Four our mains, we ordered a very large piece of grilled salmon served with fresh ginger and cucumber brûlée. I didn't expect to enjoy the ginger with it as much as I did. Really tasty. Can we talk about the cucumber though! Definitely making that when I have a kitchen again.
We also enjoyed the grilled pork served with lemon marmalade. I love love love lemon so the combination of hearty pork (grilled on lemon leaves) and tart marmalade was a match made in heaven. What's funny is the pork recipe is actually from crete so I guess I didn't go all the way Greek with it. The portion is also huge, so by my third piece I wished I'd shared it.
The service at Point A is phenomenal (from the moment you step off the elevator) and how romantic is it to be able to view the city and beyond right from your (comfortable) chair!? It is on the rooftop of the Herodion Hotel so feel free to hang out when you are done or head to dinner after a day visiting nearby sites (it is just a 12-minute walk from the Parthenon and Acropolis ruins, and a 13-minute walk from Erechtheion temple). Learn more on their website >>
Wake Up Early for a Private Tour Around Athens.
Grab some friends and explore Athens in a flat-rate private vehicle to visit the many sites and sights in Athens. You might want to take advantage of this one because they might be putting tour buses out of business! Read more about it >>
Get Adventurous and Eat Dinner in the Sky.
Join the famous Dinner in the Sky experience and get hoisted 50m high while you enjoy energetic music, fine dining, and delicious cocktails powered by the MoMix team. Make sure you book your trip during the right season though, as this thrilling experience only operates during May - September, with a different menu each year!
Taking it Easy and Snooze on the Aegean.
Embrace the full Greek experience by having a day for relaxation before you leave Athens by enjoying a cruise on the Aegean Sea with Sailing Athens.
This five-hour luxury catamaran cruise experience comes with a complimentary traditional Greek style meal and barbecue lunch, and 2-3 swimming opportunities in picturesque locations.
Between the door-to-door pick up, welcome on-board drink, complimentary wines, beers, and refreshments, and fresh towels, you'll definitely feel like a Greek god(ess) by the end of the day.
If you have to make any exceptions to the trip, do not skip out on this one! You have two hosts / skippers and if you book the semi-private, like I did, opportunity to meet new people! Private and full day tours are also available. Learn more here >>
Ready to Go? Here’s my hotel recommendation:
I stayed at the Athinais Hotel, which was just a quick metro right from everything worth seeing, located in the heart of Athens next to Mavili square. The hotel provided full-service amenities like complimentary breakfast (really delicious buffet-style), as well as a cafe open all day.
Our room came with two twin beds (at our request) and featured an awesome, large balcony overlooking the city (and sealed windows so very little noise when closed).
The customer service was really on per and even upon our way-too early arrival from a 10-hour suspect boat ride from the island, Crete, the hotel staff worked quickly to find us a room so that we could sleep before beginning our day.
I also actually tried the cafe food and Jesus Cristo they serve some delicious stuff! Out of pocket though so bring your wallet.
Hotel Athinais' train stop is the BEST place you could be to get to the airport. I couldn't believe how easy it was!
Other location details: it is a 10 minute walk from Kolonaki area, the most popular shopping area, a 5 minute walk to the Athens Concert Hall and Venizelos Park, and 15 minute walk from the National Gallery. Syntagma square (the oldest area of Athens) and Monastiraki (traditional market) is also just 10 minutes away by metro. Learn more about the hotel here >>
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Enjoy your stay in Athens!