Romantic Guide To Athens

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 30 January 2020
Romantic Guide To Athens
It's almost Valentine's day, and love is in the air. So, if you are searching for romantic spots in Athens to spend quality time with your significant other, or even to pop the question, we've got you covered with some of the city's most idyllic locations!
Julia and Alexander N. Diomedes Botanic Garden
The Diomedes Botanical Garden is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places in the busy city of Athens. Even though it is located in the city center, it very often goes unnoticed. In the city's hidden paradise, you'll be able to stroll among 3,500 plant species and discover the different sections, such as the arboretum, the ornament plants section, the historic plants section, and the greenhouse. The ambiance and beautiful setting of this garden make for the perfect romantic backdrop for you and your loved one.

The Tiny Neighborhood of Anafiotika
This tiny scenic neighborhood in Athens is one of the most iconic romantic places in the city. Anafiotika lies on the northeast side of the Acropolis hill and is part of the historic neighborhood of Plaka. The settlement dates back to the era of Otto of Greece when workers from the island of Anafi came to Athens to work as construction workers in the refurbishment of the King's palace. When you reach up, you'll feel like you're in a Cycladic village within the city tiny with white houses, narrow alleys, and bougainvillea plants. In this oasis of tranquility, the intensity of Athens will seem miles away!

Mount Lycabettus
Lycabettus is the highest peak in Athens and one of the city's most iconic landmarks. At 300 meters above sea level, Lycabettus offers unsurpassed views of the city. In fact, on a clear day, you'll be able to see the island of Aegina shimmering on the horizon. The top of the hill can be reached by foot, but the easiest way to get there is via the cable car that runs every half hour from the station on Aristippou street. Mount Lycabettus is home to the picturesque chapel of St. George, a restaurant, and an open-air theater. Climb up in the evening to enjoy exceptional views of the city below!

Lake Vouliagmeni
For those of you looking to get away from overcrowded cityscapes on Valentine’s Day, consider going to Lake Vouliagmeni. It’s a jaw-droppingly beautiful geological setting with warm waters that make it the perfect place to take your significant other for a relaxing and romantic day. It’s also most definitely worth staying to see the lake light up in the evening and become even more romantic.
For the couples that bond over food, the lake also has an all-day bar-restaurant, and is very near one of Vouliagmeni’s oldest pastry shops (Aqua Marina) and the very popular Waffle House. If both of you want to be alone, though, consider packing a picnic and choosing one of the many beautiful, quiet corners to sit in.

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