A Greek Getaway: Places To Visit When In Athens

This Christmas, I decided to spend it in Athens. 

On December 25th, I flew to Athens, a city I fell in love with since my first visit. My dearest friend Tonia, whom I have known for 20 years, had everything organized for me that day. She sent a car for me, and as I was about to arrive at her house, she was waiting for me outside her building. It felt as if no time had passed since we last saw each other two years ago. 

For me, it was magical to be with her, her family, and her friends, as the atmosphere was very familiar and joyful. Though I unfortunately didn’t take photos of the delicious food, I’ll describe it as best as possible. 

There was a homemade spanakopita with a flavour that made me drool, a delicious lamb meat with orzo that was so rich, and a Russian salad with a lot of dill. What an amazing experience!

During my stay, I visited:

Kolonaki, which is known for its affluent character, high-end shopping, elegant cafes, and vibrant nightlife. It’s also home to various art galleries and museums.

Pagrati offers an authentic Greek experience. The neighbourhood is primarily residential, featuring a mix of apartments and houses. It comes alive in the evenings as people gather to enjoy coffee, drinks, and socializing. It’s a great place to experience the local cafe culture.

Porto Rafti, a seaside town located 35 km from Athens in the Mesogeia region of East Attica, Greece. Known for its beautiful coastal setting, the town offers a variety of tavernas and seafood restaurants along the waterfront.

Astir Beach, also known as Astir Vouliagmeni Beach, is a popular seaside destination located in the suburb of Vouliagmeni, south of Athens. It is known for its luxurious and upscale atmosphere. The beach is easily accessible from the city centre of Athens, making it a popular day trip destination. It’s approximately a 25-30 minute drive from the heart of Athens, depending on traffic conditions.

The Temple of Poseidon is a magnificent archaeological site situated on a promontory overlooking the Aegean Sea. The temple’s location allows you to see the surrounding islands.

Personally, I suggest going in December because it is not as touristy as other times, and you can enjoy it in a more local way without so much heat and without crowds.

To spend the Summer holidays, Athens is an incredible destination, offering a vibrant atmosphere, incredible dining options, and opportunities for dancing during the holiday season.

[Images courtesy of Raul Escobedo]