Athens Honeymoon: The Ultimate Guide

Athens Honeymoon: The Ultimate Guide

Written by: melina on: January 24, 2022

The majestic Greek capital has been gathering the interest of travelers around the world since antiquity. However, travelers overlook it comes to honeymoon destinations. This omission happens because the glorious Greek islands steal the show with their sandy beaches and trademark aesthetic. As a result, this leaves an Athens Honeymoon far behind, a mistake many people make due to lack of information.

We will present you with the ultimate guide to an Athens honeymoon. We will show you all your reasons why you should choose this beautiful city for the most romantic days you will ever experience.

Why should choose Athens for your honeymoon

Couple gazing at the Acropolis – credits: Aleksandar Todorovic/

The reasons why you should choose Athens as your honeymoon destination are plenty. Their importance is dependent on your individual needs and desires. Here are, in our opinion, the most important ones.

  1. You will never run out of things to do. Athens is the cultural center of Greece. As a result, it is full of activities waiting to be experienced from the morning until the night.
  2. You will get to experience some of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the world. The Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, and the Ancient Agora are only some of the historic remnants of ancient Greece you will want to visit. 
  3. You will have the opportunity to combine an urban aesthetic with stunning sandy beaches. And all that, only a few-minute drive away from the city center. The Athens Riviera will offer you plenty of choices for your swimming endeavors without having to waste your precious time in lengthy transportation. 
  4. The cultural stimuli that will surround you at all times are sure to inspire you. From fascinating museums to impressive art galleries and everything in between, you will not be able to miss the rich culture of Greece in its capital even if you tried to. 
  5. You will be able to eat in some of the most excellent eateries, both high-end restaurants, and local-run taverns. Greek cuisine has been recognized for its excellence around the world. Therefore, your honeymoon in Athens will give you the opportunity to figure out all the reasons why yourself.
  6. You can combine your visit to Athens with a visit pretty much anywhere else in Greece. After all, the capital city has an excellent connection with the rest of the country and the Greek islands in particular.
  7. You will take a route most people don’t, making your experience even more unique. No one likes to be unoriginal, so why be on your honeymoon?

When you should visit

Athens’ street overlooking Hadrian’s Arch – credits: Viacheslav Lopatin/

Another asset of Athens is that it is a perfect holiday destination all year round, unlike the Greek islands. So the answer to the question “when is the best time to visit Greece on a honeymoon?” is “any time.” Each season holds an extraordinary beauty. Regardless, spring and autumn boast the perfect weather. Then, you will be able to explore the fantastic city without suffering from either the heat or the cold. The historic town in full bloom is a sight to behold. The trees on the streets will be filled with flowers, and the bright sun will be shining gloriously.

Quaintly, Athens is the only destination in Greece that we wouldn’t deter you from visiting during the high-season summer months. Due to the islands’ popularity, the tourist crowds surge to them from late Jue to late August. That leaves Athens empty and quiet, an occurrence only during that time. 

Top things to do 

Couple in the streets of Athens – credits: Page Light Studios/

The sheer number of options you’ll have to choose when spending your honeymoon in Athens can be overwhelming. That’s why here are the top things to do in Athens. Follow our advice and include them in your itinerary. As soon as you cover the basics, you’ll be free to spend your precious time with your significant other any way you’ve dreamt of.

Visit the Acropolis

Athens Riviera – credits: Sven Hansche/

The jewel of Athens, the imposing Acropolis rock, is by far the most visited and admired landmark of Greece. Climb the thousand-year-old rock and discover the excellence in ancient Greeks’ architecture, culture, and aesthetics. From Propylaia, the marble gate of the hill, to the temple of Athena Nike, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus -that hosts cultural events to this day-  the famous Parthenon, and the Erechteion with its Caryatid sculptures, the beauty and fascinating history of the area will leave you speechless.

Of course, no visit to the Acropolis would ever be complete without visiting the Acropolis Museum right across the street from the archaeological site. There, you will get to marvel at the findings that the excavations on the “sacred rock” brought to light. As a result, you will have the everyday life of ancient Greeks presented before you through historical evidence. Fun and educational, a visit to the modern Acropolis Museum will kill two birds with one stone.

Swim in Athens Riviera

Vouliagmeni Beach – credits: Jekatarinka/

As you’ll quickly figure out when you get to Athens, it’s not only the Greek islands that boast stunning beaches. On the contrary, Athens Riviera is a sea lover’s dream come true.

And as if that wasn’t enough, it is only a few minutes away from the vibrant city center. As you drive along the length of the beautiful Athens’ riviera, you will come upon many beaches, each better than the next one.

From the beaches of Edem, Astir, Yabannaki, and Kavouri, to the stunning Cape Sounio with the Temple of Poseidon, you will find what you’re looking for if you’re in the mood for sandy shores and shimmering blue waters.

Alternatively, you can also choose to swim in the Vouliagmeni Lake, known for its therapeutic properties and mesmerizing setting.

Walk around the neighborhood of Plaka 

Plaka – credits: Milan Gonda/

There are only a few more romantic things to do than a walk hand-in-hand with your better half across the historical neighborhood of Athens. Of course, most districts of the historic city are worth a visit. However, Plaka, in particular, is perfect for a romantic stroll. It has been characterized as a traditional settlement and is also known as the “district of the gods.”

Plaka, with its picturesque Anafiotika district that is reminiscent of a Cycladic island, is today a pole of attraction for thousands of tourists worldwide. Wandering around its alleys, you can’t help but take in their calming energy. You will come upon beautiful houses with flowery balconies and colorful, imposing, wooden doors. 

Οn Tholou Street, you will see the first building. This building housed the first Kapodistrian University of Athens. This house is one of the most remarkable monuments of Athens and today houses the History Museum of the University. ‘Giasemi,’ the most famous cafe in Anafiotika, is waiting for you after your walk with an excellent buffet at the entrance. There, you will find all kinds of delicacies, savory or sweet, to accompany your coffee. You can sit on one of the outdoor tables, on the steps, or the terrace, from where you enjoy the view of Athens.

Eat souvlaki

Greek food, in general, is always a good idea. However, you cannot leave Athens during your Greece honeymoon without trying the local street food delicacy that has the world drooling. Souvlaki, the king of Greek street food, can be found in all shapes and forms around every corner of the Greek capital.

The chances of tasting bad souvlaki are close to none. However, our favorite souvlaki establishments include ‘Kostas’ and ‘Hoocut’ in Agias Irinis Square and ‘Elvis’ in the neighborhood of Pagkrati. Choose the meat of your choice and stuff the delicious pita bread with the ingredients of your liking. Tasting souvlaki will be a culinary experience of a lifetime.

How many days should you stay?

Couple in an infinity pool – credits: Sven Hansche/

When planning your honeymoon, or even simply your vacations, the more days, the merrier. That, of course, stands true for Athens as well. With the abundance of things to do, see and visit, ideally, you should stay no less than a week or two.

However, if Athens is not your end destination on your romantic getaway, then make sure to spend t least a couple of days in it before heading out to the islands or the countryside. It is worth the time and effort, and doing otherwise would be a shame.

Where to stay

Andronis Athens BC

Being a destination thousands of people choose for their vacations or Greece honeymoon every year, Athens possesses excellent tourist infrastructure. Therefore, you will be no short of choice when it comes to deciding which hotel you’re going to stay at or which neighborhood of Athens you will choose as your temporary home. 

Our advice would be to choose a central spot, from where you’ll be within walking distance to Athens’ key points. Alternatively, if you’re looking to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, and you want to opt for something a bit quieter and secluded, Athens’ Riviera is the way to go.

In any case, we have put together a carefully selected list of romantic hotels in Athens we think can meet the standards of even the most demanding of travelers. Choosing your home away from home is an integral part of planning your trip and ensuring its success.

Athens has been praised for its beauty and historical and cultural significance for thousands of years. It is also an incredible honeymoon destination that can host the happiest and most fairytale-like days of your life. So give your married life the best start by booking your honeymoon in Athens. It will be the first of many couple vacations you will have there that will produce some of the fondest memories you could wish for. 

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