Going for a little weekend trip to the capital of Greece? Maybe you suffer from the annoying sense of FOMO? Athens is the place to go when you don’t want to miss out, but don’t have more than a couple of days.
With this guide you will get insider tips on things to do in Athens, where to eat and drink, and where to stay when you visit the Greek capital. I would recommend coming to Athens before or after you visit one of the Greek islands. Then you can explore the city life and all Athens has to offer, without worrying about the lazy life on the beach.
In august almost everything is closed because of public holiday. The best time to visit Athens is probably May/June and September/October.
Where to eat and drink
Enjoy trendy seafood at Hytra or a dinner under the rock of Acropolis at Yiasemi . For lunch I really recommend booking a table at the little oasis, Black Duck Garden. The cool breeze inside this little oasis is perfect to escape the high summer temperature and humidity. For traditional Greek food I would try Café Avissinia. The place is also known for its vintage character and interior. With that said, you also wont go wrong with a pizza by the slice at Impasto.
Points of interests
- Walk around and discover the oldest section of Athens, Plaka
- Visit the magnificent Acropolis
- Stop by The Art Foundation– a public platform for arts and culture
- Vintage fashion from Paris at Kilo Shop
- Take a stroll in the beautiful Jardin Botanique Diomidous
Travel to Hydra
The island of Hydra is a gem just off coast of the mainland. Getting from Athens to Hydra is fairly easy. There are several ferry services departing from the port of Piraeus very frequently, about 5-6 times per day. The journey takes on average an hour and 40 minutes.
Hydra is an idyllic island free of cars, apart from the occasional car bought on to the island for trash removal. The island is known for its fascinating history and iconic port that is surrounded by relaxing cafes and many hungry cats. One of the hallmarks of Hydra is the rugged touch of the island with its white, orange-roofed houses climbing up the slopes of the hill from the port.
If you want to visit one of the Greek islands, but don’t have that much time, Hydra is a great option. You can explore the island and calm down from the city life in just a couple of days.
Where to stay in Athens
Margarita’s apartment is the perfect home when you visit Athens. Cool interior and lots of space. The best part is the huge balcony with incredible view of Downtown and the Acropolis. Bring a bottle of wine on your way home from a day in the city and enjoy the sunset from the balcony. You get both morning and evening sun on the balcony, so it will be possible to work up a little tan. Even if you only visit Athens for a weekend trip.