5 Romantic Ways to Enjoy Athens
The picturesque districts of the center, the marvelous ancient monuments crowning the different historic areas scattered around the city, the liveliness of the streets and the people, the blue and bright sky, the crystal clear waters of the beaches and the shores – all these make Athens a beautiful and unique city.
Although the Greek Islands are the top romantic destinations in Greece for honeymoon and romance, the capital city of Greece is also a great destination for a romantic getaway. We have created a list of the 5 romantic ways to enjoy Athens!
Sunset at Cape Sounio
The colors, the clouds, the serenity, the wonder of sunsets create spectacular moments and memories, amplifying the love people have for each other.
Watching a sunset with someone you love is amongst the most romantic things to do. Now watching a Greek sunset at the luxurious resort of Grecotel Cape Sounio Luxury Resort is beyond romantic, it’s magical. Situated along the cosmopolitan coastline of the Athenian Riviera, facing the temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounio is one of the most luxurious hotels in Attica. Nestled on the edge of a nature reserve far from the city, the sunset there is “pure”. The yellowish-red wavelengths coloring the sky during sunsets reflect on the crystal waters of the Saronic Gulf and the sun slowly disappears and the moon steps in, until the next sunrise. Private dining options are available upon request in your own room or in the hotel’s special private dining gardens. The hotel’s restaurants are managed by the most talented chefs who use only the finest and freshest ingredients. Treat your loved one to an unforgettable romantic getaway.
Dinner at Hilton Athens
The Hilton Athens is an established landmark in the heart of Athens. The hotel was described by the legendary founder of the Hilton chain, Conrad Hilton as “the most beautiful Hilton hotel in the world”.
On the last floor of the hotel, the famous acclaimed Galaxy Restaurant and Bar offers one of the most beautiful city views in Athens. With the staggering views of the Acropolis, the award-winning menu, and amazing cocktails, this is another destination to be considered for a romantic occasion.
Visit a Winery or a Wine Bar
If you are a wine lover you will be delighted to know that the greater area of Athens is a fantastic destination for oenophiles. Here you will find several vineyards and cozy elegant wine bars.
We have created a list of the best vineyards and wineries in the Greek capital. Attica’s vineyards are centered around the regions of Spata, Markopoulo, and Koropi, which are areas surrounding the Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos. In this area, an ancient temple belonging to the goddess of Artemis, the haunt of Dionysus, God of wine and ecstasy, marks the importance of the grounds and soil from ancient times. For centuries the ancient method of wine production has been well maintained in the area since the ancient Greeks and Athenians would cultivate vines and produce their much-loved wine on these grounds.
This is the first winery especially designed and built in Greece according to innovative bioclimatic standards. Set among vines and olive trees the winery site has been built on the grounds of an old monastery. Among their services, they offer informative tours of the winery and the cellars as well as wine tasting accompanied by other products produced on their grounds.
Phone: +30 22990-25206
Address: Pousi – Kalogeri, 19 003
Markopoulo, Mesogaia, Attica
Strofilia Estate Winery
Another winery on the list which is worth visiting is the Strofilia Estate Winery. This vineyard is highly recommended to those who love white wine. With an emphasis on low yield per hectare, the philosophy of the winery is to produce a better quality of grapes, hence the better quality of their products. Their vineyards produce wines from native but also from international grape varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Savatiano, Assyrtiko, and Ugni Blanc.
Phone: +30 22910 41650
Address: Patitiria Anavissou, 19013
Anavissos, Mesogaia, Attica
Domaine Costa Lazaridi
Domaine Costa Lazaridi’s organic farming philosophy and passion for wine is what attracts hundreds of visitors to the Oenotria Land every week. In addition to other wineries in the area, they also have a wine museum for those who would like to enhance their wine knowledge. Wine tastings are available in groups or in private small groups.
Phone: +30 22950 52 213
Address: 2nd klm Kapandriti, 19014
Kalamos, Kapandriti, Attica
If you are visiting Athens for a short period and spending a day at a winery does not fit in with your program, wine bars are always a good idea to end a perfect day. Below we have carefully and lovingly selected a list of the finest wine bars in Athens just for you.
Vintage Wine Bar – Mitropoleos 66, Athens
Food, service, value, and atmosphere is what this bar is all about. The simple decor resembles a wine cellar, adding an elegant touch to this fine wine bar. The vast selection of wine and the delicious menu will leave you wanting more.
Kiki de grèce – Ipitou 4, Athens
This cosy wine bistrot is dedicated to Greek wines and Greek tapas (mezedes). The outdoor seating area is a great choice for hot summer days but also for winter sunny days- we have a lot of them in Greece!
Heteroclito – Fokionos 2, Athens
This small gem in Athens tucked away on a corner of a very busy central area, is another very good choice. Along with the wide variation of wines, they also have a special menu of food bites to accompany your wine. The staff is very friendly and will assist you by giving their suggestions on wine and food.
Wine by the Glass – Souri 3, Athens
This wine bar & bistro offers a concise wine list, of a selection of 500+ wines from Greek producers and international. Except for the finest wines they also serve amazing food inspired by Meditteranean cuisine. Also check out our post on Top 10 Wine Bars in Athens.
Watch the sunset from Lycabettus Hill and dine at the highest located restaurant in Athens
Mount Lycabettus is the highest point in Athens, situated at over 300 meters above sea level. The 360° view of Athens city from the hill is simply breathtaking. The most beautiful images fill the eyes of every visitor, facing the Acropolis to Piraeus and the Athenian Riviera.
The Mount Lycabettus is a very popular destination for sunset and sunrise lovers, as one can expect both the setting and the rising of the sun from that point is fascinating. No wonder why it is on the list of the most romantic things to do in the Greek Capital. One of the best restaurants in town is located on the top of the hill. Orizondes is a modern Mediterranean cuisine restaurant with distinctive service, high-quality dishes made with the finest ingredients and of course the unique views, attract a lot of visitors, which means you should consider making a reservation before visiting to avoid disappointment. The fine restaurant also offers an exclusive wine list including the best Greek labels and from abroad.
To climb the hill you could either climb it by foot starting from Syntagma Square, which takes an hour and a half and the climb is steep, or you could hop on an underground cable car that crosses the hill and takes you right to the top!
Take the Athinon-Souniou Highway and search for a private beach or shore to enjoy a sunny day
The Athenian Riviera consists of hundreds of beaches scattered along the Athinon-Souniou long coastal road. These are organized or unorganized bays, sandy or rocky, very crowded or very deserted. The deserted ones are tricky to find if you are new in the area, but if you have a good eye and observation skills you will see that they are not as hidden.
For this romantic getaway, we recommend renting a car for the day. Along the Saronic Gulf, there are also very small islands that are easily accessible by foot, as the waters are either very shallow or there are rocks from which you can jump from one to another. Any beach or shore in the Athenian Riviera is unique and paradisiac, with the crystal sea water and the rich green nature dominating the scene.
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