You have Athens at your feet for one week. Free to learn, shop, explore, discover, eat, drink and dance the night away, if you feel like it. Here are some suggestions on how we would love to spend our week if we had the free time to enjoy it without a care …
MONDAY: Sightsee walk around Sintagma; take a walk around Kolonaki and Voukourestiou Streets; in the evening enjoy a cocktail at one of the square’s hotel rooftop bars or take the cable car up to Lycabettus Hill.
Tip: Stores (except for malls and department stores) are open today until 15:30.
TUESDAY: Explore the historic centre and the Acropolis. Visit the New Acropolis Museum. Walk, eat and shop around Plaka, Thisio and Monastiraki. Tip: Stores are open today until 21:00.
WEDNESDAY: Take a breather from the city and head to the Attica Coastline and/or Sounion. Tip: Stores (except for malls and department stores) today are open until 15:30.
THURSDAY: Visit the National Archaeological Museum, or museum hop along Vassilissis Sofias Ave., relax with a leisurely stroll through the National Gardens, enjoy a light lunch at one if the museum cafes. Tip: Stores are open today until 20:30.
FRIDAT: Visit the industrial and artsy part of Athens: Gazi, Kerameikos and Psiri. Take in a virtual reality show at the Foundation of the Hellenic World, check out the latest contemporary exhibit at the Benaki Museum Pireos Annex. And in the evening, enjoy one the many nightlife and dining options in Gazi and/or Psiri. Tip: Stores today are open until 20:30.
SATURDAY: Saturdays were made for shopping. We could spend the entire day at the malls in Marousi and stores in Kifissia trying on dozens of outfits for a night out on the town which, in the summer, is likely to be somewhere on the coastline and, in the winter, in Gazi or Kolonaki.
SUNDAY: After a leisurely morning coffee in Kolonaki square, we like to head out to the Monastiraki flea market for some fine antique browsing and shopping, keeping in mind that afterwards we plan to join our friends for a long Greek lunch nearby in Avissinia Square or in Microlimano or Marina Zeas in Pireaus.
A Kid-Friendly Weekend in Athens
Travelling with the kids is a great way to see and do things you might normally not do when visiting a city. This adds an added element of adventure, education and fun to your trip. Here are some great places to experience with the kids.
FRIDAY: Be sure to take the kids to the Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum for a Greek history and mythology up close. There are also two great museums for children located in Plaka the Hellenic Children’s Museum and the Museum of Greek Children’s Art.
SATURDAY: The technologically advanced facilities here offer an experience that is sure to delight young and old. Visit the Foundation of the Hellenic World and the Eugenides Foundation Planetarium. On the weekends, families flock to nearby Parko Flisvos and Flisvos Marina for their promenades and playgrounds. The latter also boasts a popular TGIFridays. The tram just outside each, can also take you to a mini-amusement park in Glyfada. Close by and accessible by taxi is Allou Fun Park.
SUNDAY: If you don’t spend the day at the beach, head to the Attica Zoological Park. Tip: Greece and Athens is a child-friendly city, which means dining with children is in most cases not an issue.
A Weekend of Romance & Luxury
Greece and Athens are breathtakingly beautiful cities that make for a romantic weekend getaway or escape. Here are some ways to take it a notch higher, for those with a little extra budget and adventure.
FRIDAY: Arrange for a professionally-guided tour of the sacred hill of the Acropolis and then enjoy a fine lunch with a view of the Parthenon at Pil Poul, Filistron, Dionysos Restaurant or the GB Roofgarden.
Take a siesta before or after enjoying a spa treatment at one of the city’s five-star hotels in the centre. Then, for an intimate dinner, opt for French-inspired Michelin-star Spondi or award-winning Edodi. With just under ten tables, it is for the soft spoken and romantic with adventurous palates.
SATURDAY: Spend the day shopping at many luxury stores along Panepistimiou and Voukourestiou Streets taking time to browse the jewelry shops including Lalaounis, Kessaris, Vildirides, Fine Gems – Papadopoulos, Athiniotakis. Before heading to the coast for a fabulous fish dinner, have a cocktail at the Galaxy Bar at the Hilton Hotel. Then take the 30-minute coastal ride to the glitzy area of Vouliagmeni and choose to dine at Matsuhisa Athens or Ithaki. In the summer continue your evening with dancing at Island.
SUNDAY: Why not arrange for a private yacht to take you on a day cruise to islands nearby such as Hydra, Tzia, Kythnos, Spestes, Poros and Aigina. If budget and time permits you can rent a helicopter for an aerial tour of the city.