Athens is fast-becoming the destination of choice for a wave of savvy millennial travellers looking for a sun-drenched city break with a difference. If you dare to see beyond Greece’s economically turbulent time, you will be rewarded endlessly.
Welcome to Athens: a place where ancient monuments stand beside hipster coffee joints and rooftop bars.
Here are 10 reasons why Athens is trending as a city break destination right now:
1. The AcropolisThe Acropolis dramatically towers above Athens, ensuring part of the city remains perfectly frozen in time. The mind-boggling history of The Acropolis dates back to 447 BC but even if you’re not that into the facts, it’s worth coming up here for the breath-taking 360 degree views of Athens. It will be worth it for the ‘gram.
2. The Coffee CultureCoffee culture is rife in Athens. Young creatives and business minds flock to the most on-trend establishments in the city such as Tailormade, Spollati or Six d.o.g.s, where outdoor tables are hot property. If you’re lucky enough to get one, pull up a pew, order yourself a ‘freddo’ coffee and prepare to watch the catwalk of passers by.
3. The Rooftop Barseach one feels like a secret society for people in-the-know. They’re buzzing morning, noon and night and depending on what time you go you’ll get a different perspective of the Acropolis and the white washed city below. Head to Couleur Locale for the ultimate secret scene or go to The Roof Garden at The Electra Metropolis to watch an incredibly chic sunset.
4. AnafiotikaLocated just below The Acropolis hill, this tiny village is more reminiscent of a rural Greek island than a capital city. Get lost amongst the labyrinth of narrow alleyways that connect the whitewashed houses.
5. The Greek FoodFeast on succulent souvlakis, fresh seafood, mouth-watering mezzes, baked moussakka and tomatoes that taste ten times more delicious than in London.
6. The Price
Greece’s financial crisis has kept the prices of food, drink and alcohol extremely competitive, meaning you’ll be pleasantly surprised when the bill comes. Local wines are very cheap and equally as delicious as their imported counterparts.
7. The SunshineAthens is drenched in sun for the majority of the year, and even if you travel in January you can expect highs of 10 degrees. The optimum time to travel is between March and May, when the skies will be blue and the breeze will be balmy. Whatever time of year you travel, you’re likely to see skies as blue as the Greek flag.
8. The Boutique Hotelsa handful of boutique design hotels. The New Hotel is as boutique as they come and attracts an artistic crowd. Conveniently located between Syntagma Square and the Old Town of Plaka, it’s an ideal city break base.
9. The Flea MarketThis fascinating complex of stalls sells objects that are weird, wonderful and downright bizarre. Prepare to channel your inner David Dickinson and put your negotiation skills to the test.
10. The Old Town of Plaka
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Sources: Evening Standard, The Travelista (with edits)
* Thanks Katerina S. for the article!