Every year my family & I usually go on a trip all together, and I always look forward to it. It makes me feel like I am a kid again. We usually go to Aruba since we have timeshare, but we went to Greece this time around (second time!). We were so excited to go to Greece again and believe me, we all had count downs going on! Anyway, my brother and I did a ton of research to figure out what islands we wanted to go to and where to stay. When we went in 2016, we visited Athens, Naxos (our fave!), and Santorini. We actually got our engagement pictures done in Santorini, and it was so worth it! But, we always start off our trip in Athens.
Anyway, Athens is not only the capital of Greece, but also the place with the most Ancient History. You fly into Athens, and it has so much history. I love seeing the history and the ruins because it is part of me and who I am. I personally wouldn’t suggest staying in Athens too long. It should be more of a hub to stay a night and then travel to the islands. My family and I stayed there for a few days because we had a wedding, but you don’t want to stay more than one or two nights since there is so much more to see. But, I am going to share some fun places to see, places to eat, and where we stayed.
Another thing you can do is take day trips to areas outside of Athens. I will touch up Lake Vouliameni in Places to see below. We went there for the wedding and I highly recommend checking it out. It was gorgeous!
I am going to do a round up of my outfits first and then will share the rest 🙂
- Visit the Acropolis – Make sure to bring your walking shoes, because it’s a hike but so worth it. This was honestly the highlight of my time in Athens (other than watching the changing of the guards). You have to do some walking to get there, but once you do, seeing the history and the beauty it still has is well worth it. Make sure to bring your phone or camera because the views on the top are stunning.
- Go to the Plaka – If you are looking for a village feel, this is the spot to be. I love the Plaka because it makes me feel like I am living through history of where my grandparents grew up. They grew up on islands, but the village feel is the same. When I am in Greece I miss then 10x more, and it makes me feel at peace and at home. The Plaka has the cutest shops and is the perfect place to get some souvenirs. I found some of the cutest souvenirs and bracelets to bring home! I also love their Grecian dresses and clothing.
- Visit Lake Vouliagmeni – Take a day trip or a night stay trip to Lake Vouliagmeni. It is seriously STUNNING, and a perfect little getaway out of the craziness of Athens. It is about 35-40 minutes outside of Athens and you can either rent a car and drive there or take a cab.
- Visit the Hellenic Parliament – Outside of the parliament is where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is, and they have The Greek Presidential Guards there 24/7, the Evzones. They are in their traditional Greek Uniforms, and you can see their traditional ceremony for changing of the guards. You can also take pictures with them, but they will not smile and you cannot touch them. It really is impressive and nice to see. It was originally a palace but is now the house of parliament.
Honestly I purposely didn’t take notes or pictures of anything because everywhere in the Plaka or Monostaraki has excellent restaurants and food. Mine main favorites in Greece are Moussaka, Grilled Octopus, Gyro, Souvlaki and so much more.
ACROPOLIS GEM: This AirBNB was seriously so nice. We usually stay at hotels while we are here, but opted for an airbnb since there were so many of us. This comfortably fit 7 of us, with 4 beds and 2 baths. The place was literally immaculate and so nice. Everything was so clean and we enjoyed the view from the balcony. It had a gorgeous view of the Acropolis from the the dining area, the balcony, and one of the bed rooms. It also was within walking distance to Plaka and Monostaraki.
ATHENS MANSION LUXURY SUITES: Ok this place was seriously gorgeous and we will be back here for sure. This is in a part of Athens that they are trying to rebuild with a stunning view of the Acropolis. Right now there are a ton of abandoned buildings in Athens that have Graffitti all over it and this was one of them until they fixed it up. They hope to do the same with all the surrounding buildings and re-build them like they use to be. Anyway, it is stunning and I highly recommend it. They have good & Free breakfast on the rooftop in the morning, and good food throughout the day for purchase with a full bar. So gorgeous!