Athens has always been the capital of anyone’s historical memory and a city offering short-distance outings on the mountain or by the sea. Considered as one of the most charming cities, in Europe and beyond, numerous tourists visit the place every year. Any time of the year, on a complete day basis you can find numerous hang-outs that tend to offer you splendid views of the city. But, there are certain romantic regions that are in general preferred by love birds for their honeymoon. Check out some of the top romantic spots in Athens for a romantic holiday.
Romancing In A Historical Ambience
You can begin at Thiseio neighbourhood, and take a stroll across Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian way. Buy beautiful souvenirs from outdoor stalls and hum along with the street musicians. Stop by Vrachakia, which is a famous spot at the foot of sacred Acropolis rock and click hundreds of pictures. It is the ideal location to watch the beautiful Attican sunset. If however walking is not your forte, you can hire a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the ride and experience one of the most romantic spots in Athens.
If you happen to lose track of time and night falls before you know it, so much the better! You’re just a short walk away from Plaka known as the ‘neighbourhood of the gods’. Tasteful houses with blooming flower beds as well as renovated grand buildings of the neoclassical period coexist with picturesque little tavernas and picture-perfect cafes. Take a stroll along the lovely narrow alleys that has a 6000-year old past. Walk up to Anafiotika and you will feel the island ambience of this place. You have experience of the mental journey to the historic past.
Love That Reaches The Stars
Do you find the idea of a romantic journey to the stars thrilling? Visit the Planetarium called Eugenides Foundation! It is one of the largest planetarium in the world with top advanced equipment. You can hold hands together as you enjoy this unique trip to other galaxies, across a super sophisticated system in 3-D virtual reality.
If you are looking at a more down to earth situation, then walk up to Nymfon Hill in the Thiseio locality. At the National Observatory of Athens take a day tour of its impressive interior. You can also have a night observation of the universe using Doridis telescope. Choose the brightest star and offer it a name together! Truly one of the most romantic spots in Athens.
Romancing By The Seashore
Don’t miss out on visiting the Athenian Riviera as it’s a must-visit place and one of the most romantic spots in Athens located just 30 minutes away from the city centre. You can walk along with the marinas and go shopping in the local markets. If not, dine by the seashore and party hard infamous night clubs on the waterfront along Poseidonos Avenue. At famous spots like Marina Floisvou, you can go for a romantic bike ride with your better half. Vouliagmeni cosmopolitan neighbourhood is another place that couples tend to visit. Otherwise, Varkiza is the one if you want to relax on your own under the starlit sky. In case you are looking for a romantic walk on the golden sand then visit Lagonisi.
Romancing While Enjoying The View
Green hills around the urban web have great opportunities for couples to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Athens making it one of the most romantic spots in Athens.
The Lycabettus Hill rises in Kolonaki neighbourhood, which is the highest point within the city centre. In case you don’t fear to climb up the steps, you can go ahead and reach its top to admire the view. Another option for you is to board the cable car that starts at Ploutarchou St. You will find that the amazing view over Athens, Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf is a very rewarding experience. On the hilltop, you can spend some time in St. George’s chapel or visit the nearby open air theatre.
Philopappou Hill has been known from ancient times as the ‘Hill of the Muses’. Located at a short distance from the Acropolis Rock and you can easily access this hill on foot. When you follow the slab-paved little street you can visit the historic Pnyka. This place used to have great orators who address their audiences in ancient times. You can let your eyes wander in the historic city centre making your trip all the way to the Saronic Gulf.
Strefi Hill is a favourite romantic spot in Athens and for the ones looking for offbeat places. Located a few feet away from Exarchion Square this is the right place for couples willing to enjoy an amazing view of Athens. You can see the complete northern suburbs to Lycabettus Hill, the Acropolis Rock and to the sea.
Verdant Ardittos Hill locates exactly above Panathenaic or Kallimarmaro Stadium. Once you reach up there you can get an amazing view of the Lycabettus, Acropolis Rock and the Columns of the Olympian Zeus. Walk along the uphill paths to discover its secrets. After sunset, you can head down to Mets neighbourhood for a night out at the local bars!
Dinner Overlooking The Mediterranean Sea at Ithaki
If you are willing to take a little bit of a ride from downtown Athens and spend a pretty penny for a lovely evening, then Ithaka is the restaurant for you. Ithaka offers Mediterranean cuisine, sushi, and other seafood and a drop-dead gorgeous view. Imagine sitting at the table pictured above with your loved one. Heck, you may even be seated at the same table as one of the restaurant’s famous patrons – Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Julio Iglesias, or Leonardo Di Caprio.
Enjoy A Movie At Thision Open Air Cinema
The Thison Cinema is an elegant open-air theatre, in the heart of Athens and is one of the most romantic spots in Athens. It stands guard in a long tradition of open-air ‘Cinema Paradiso’ and provides viewing for all, regardless of socioeconomic class. Perhaps you think night-time viewing of an old classic at the Thision Cinema would be romantic, but you want to drink the night away, as well. You can do both at Thision. They serve alcohol, food, popcorn and ice cream. Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of the Thision Cinema experience is the golden-lit Acropolis in the evening background.