Greece Highlights: Athens

Greece Highlights: Athens

There is not enough good things to say about Greece! Our time spent in Greece was easily the most memorable & adventurous part of our trip. We were lucky enough to have a total of 2 weeks there– 10 days in Athens, 3 days in Mykonos & 2 days in Santorini. Everywhere we went was filled with so much beauty, thrills, & an insane amount of Freddo Cappuccinos (I’ll get to those later). Greece is without a doubt a place I will visit more than once.

Below is a list of highlights from our trip, a few tips to know when going, & also the location we stayed at.


Highlights

Must drink the Freddo Cappuccinos: If you watched my snaps, I’m sure you know what these are by now. But if not, a Freddo Cappuccino is simply an iced coffee (on crack). My friend Katerina would always rave about the iced coffee in Greece. After a year long of hearing about this infamous drink, I finally got to see what the hype was about. You know how in LA everyone is crazed about smoothies & juices… well for Athens, their vice is iced coffee. Every person during the day is keeping one closely cradled in their hand & rightly so, they are so yummy! Definitely one of our favorite parts about Athens was waking up (late) & walking down to the bakery to get our chocolate croissants (our everyday purchase) & a Freddo Cappuccino.

Visit the Acropolis: The Acropolis is one of those historic landmarks that you just have to see when you’re in Athens. How can you not? It is one of the most important monuments in all of Ancient Greece. Placed upon elevated ground, it contains the remains of several ancient buildings- the most famous being the Parthenon. The fee to enter this piece of history was 20 Euros which allows you to venture around the top of the Acropolis, take pictures, & enjoy the stunning surrounding views of Athens. We were fortunate enough to have one of Katerina’s cousin be our tour guide for the day.

Although beautiful, I would not suggest going to the Acropolis UNLESS it is early morning or late late afternoon. I don’t think I was fully prepared for the level of exhaustion & heat stroke I was about to endure.We went at 3pm & felt like we were wasting away from the amount of sweat that was dripping down our backs! Few things to definitely bring when going: A hat, sunblock, & plenty of water (maybe even some deodorant tbh).

 


Tips

Uber over Taxi Drivers: Yes, Uber is in Greece! Taxi’s still reign hierarchy for transportation in Greece, but we couldn’t help but be ecstatic that our trusty app was still available here. Before we knew Uber was accessible in Greece, we had one horrible experience with a taxi driver. He basically stereotyped us as stupid American girls & thought we wouldn’t realize that he was taking the long way home in order to rack up more time on the meter. It was rude, conniving & taught us a lesson that we are totally sticking to Uber from now on. Not to mention, Uber is way cheaper than a normal taxi– especially since after 12 at night taxi drivers double the amount.

Nightlife: We had a few really fun nights out in Athens (thanks to Katerina’s cousin & his friends– shoutout to Alex, Christos, & Dimitri). They took us to a trendy looking bar & a really fun club called Voodoo that was in the city next to Vouliagmeni. Hanging out with some locals definitely made the Athens experience more enjoyable.

One thing to note, for Europeans the night does not start until at least 12 at night. In LA, I feel like 10/11pm is a normal time for getting the night started, however that is not the case for these Greeks. Since the clubs don’t close till late (like 6am late… practically breakfast time!), they plan on partying ALL NIGHT LONG (literally). But honestly, the night that we went out to Voodoo we didn’t even notice how late it had gotten because we were having too much fun dancing to the Greek pop music!


Where We Stayed

Vouliagmeni- We were fortunate enough to have free accommodations at Katerina’s family condo. Her condo is in the gorgeous beach town called Vouliagmeni that was abundant with restaurants & beach clubs. To put it in better terms, it was like the Malibu of Greece. Gorgeous homes, wealthy people, & of course exclusivity. We spent literally everyday at the beach club down the street from her condo called En Plo (pictures above). The decor was so clean & trendy with the white washed wood and pillows in the seating areas. We really enjoyed just grabbing a smoothie there & tanning out at the little boat dock they had while music played.

When we didn’t do the beach club, we went to the public beach which costs 4 Euros to get in (with beach chair included). The water in Vouliagmeni is warm, clear, & so shallow that it became a natural routine to tan for 10 min, dip in the water, relax, & then repeat all over again.

My absolute favorite restaurant that we went to in this area was called Kastelorizo Varkiza. It was TOO DIE FOR. The food was mouthwatering, the atmosphere is gorgeous with the marina sunset in the background, & the live greek music really sets the tone. We went here twice during our stay & I think each time I went home with a full stomach given I couldn’t resist stuffing my face in the feta and fava dip + the risotto & fish.

NOW OFF TO THE ISLANDS!

xx Shay

 

 

 

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