Athens with Friends
Collected by Max Power
While you may be drawn to Athens' historic beauty, visitors find that it marks an enjoyable contrast to the vibrancy of the living city. Athens inspires visitors to connect with chaotic modern life, as well as retreat into the natural beauty surrounding the ancient urban center.
Athens 106 81, Greece
The Exarcheia District in Athens is home to artists and cool, small businesses such as music and book stores, art galleries and even a pop-up basement Comme des Garçon shop. The district was once a hotbed of Greek anarchist activity and is also an...
Dimokratias 59, Paleo Faliro 175 63, Greece
Sailing in Greece is an experience in itself, gliding through the clear, aquamarine water—but tack on a guided tour around archeological sites and a freshly cooked lunch, and you’ve got yourself perhaps a bucket-list worthy day. Blue Water Sailing...
Antinoros 42, Athina 161 21, Greece
If you’ve had enough souvlaki and moussaka for the day, Puerta de España offers an authentic Spanish experience. Located in the heart of Athens, this restaurant and club offers nine kinds of paella (yep, nine!) and a plentiful wine selection from...
Leof. Posidonos 33, Glifada 166 75, Greece
Bouzoukias, nightclubs featuring various genres of popular music, are where everyone goes for a night out in Greece. Vinilio—the venue to visit south of the city center—attracts a mix of Greeks and travelers ready to dance to disco, rock, and...
Kidathineon 41, Athina 105 58, Greece
While sitting outside at a café in Plaka, the historical neighborhood in Athens, a brightly colored wall across the way—filled with bottles—caught my eye. Ouzo was something I wanted to try, as it is for many first-time visitors to Greece, but...
Αλ. Παναγούλη 58, Βουλιαγμένη, 16671, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
The footpath along the mountain ridge above the Vouliagmeni Lake is the perfect place to energize after a relaxing trip to the hot springs. Here you can literally go off the beaten path, do some casual birdwatching, and hike to your heart's...
Thasou 16, Vari 166 72, Greece
What was the coast slightly south of Athens missing? An authentic German Bierhaus of course. Their selection of beer is immense with at least 5 varieties of draughts, lagers, pils, ales and ciders. Woodsy elements and long communal tables give the...
Aiolou 106, Athina 105 64, Greece
Sometimes you can't listen to elders warning you of certain neighborhoods. My father made Omonia sound like a crime and drug-ridden area not worth venturing into. I found some sense of urban decay, but much of the area seemed more upscale than...
Eginis 10, Glifada 166 74, Greece
Glyfada’s shopping district is a great place for boutiques by the beach. With everything from designers to specialists, walk down Metaxa Avenue and Grigoriou Labraki Street for the best finds. More places to find unique wares also run along the...
Ερωτοκρίτου και, Erechtheos 16, Athina 105 56, Greece
When in Athens, venture away from the typical sites and explore the neighborhood of Anafiotika. It's like a tiny quiet village was planted in the middle of a major metropolis. A relic of the old days, the area now is a maze of small decorative...
Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
When I think of Greece, I don't think of great sushi but Matsuhisa Athens proves me wrong. In modernly appointed dining spaces overlooking the Mediterranean sea, they serve distinct dishes and seasonal specials. The natural ambiance and organic...
Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
Treat yourself to a luxury day under the Greek sun at Astir Beach. Like a kid, I get antsy lounging on the beach all day but here they have every form of entertainment for the whole family. With sand sports, jet-skis, cocktails, snacks, bungalows,...
Pl. Sintagmatos, Athina 105 63, Greece
Syntagma Square is most notoriously known for its political demonstrations in front of the Parliament Building. All the major events in Greece over the past century have been mourned or celebrated here, and it's a hub of activity. Grassy areas...
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