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Location: Athens

Day 1 - 1 Aug 2021

Athens

Athens, Athens

Content: To start your Greek adventure, make sure you fly into Athens International airport! As it’s a big airport, you can often get cheap fights from a variety of different cities and countries. It’s also really convenient for Athens, being located only 35km from the city centre. Getting from the airport to the city centre is super easy as well, and you even have a few options! Option one is taxi, which is by far the quickest and easiest option- but will also be the most expensive, setting you back around €40. Alternatively, there is a bus that runs 24/7 from outside the airport which will only cost you €9! The final option, and the one I opted for, was to jump on the metro. It’s super easy to use, as all signs are in both Greek and English. Tickets cost €9 per person.

Airbnb

Athens, Airbnb
Athens, Airbnb
Athens, Airbnb
Athens, Airbnb

Content: I would recommend staying in the neighbourhood of Kolonaki, which is known as an upmarket area with a likely nightlife and lots of shopping options. A great of AirB&B choice is Ilisia Roof Apartment which was super spacious with three double beds, a kitchen and large living room!

Kolonaki

Athens, Kolonaki

Content: Spend your first day in Athens leisurely strolling around the bustling streets of Kolonaki. Make sure you visit Voukourestiou Street for shopping, and there are also high rated museums such as the Benaki Museum.

Museum of Cycladic Art

Athens, Museum of Cycladic Art

Content: After that, swing by the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art for a peaceful experience!

Kolonaki

Athens, Kolonaki

Content: In the evening, head to The Stix for dinner for some authentic Greek food!

Location: Athens

Day 2 - 2 Aug 2021

Acropolis

Athens, Acropolis
Athens, Acropolis

Content: Start your first full day in Athens early with a trip to the famous Acropolis! It opens at 8am and I would highly recommend being there for opening, to avoid both the summer heat and the queues! If you are from an EU country and under 25, your ticket is free! Otherwise you can purchase a standard ticket for €20 or buy a combined ticket that will get you into other attractions around Athens for €30! (I would highly recommend this!) Allow yourself at least a few hours to properly explore the Acropolis as there is a lot to see! I

Location: Athina

Day 2 - 2 Aug 2021

Acropolis Museum

Athina, Acropolis Museum

Content: After you have explored all the wanders of the Acropolis, take a short walk to the Acropolis Museum! The museum has consistently been ranked as one of the top museums in the world and even the architecture is a sight to behold, with glass wall walls and high ceilings. Again, I would recommend getting here early as there were long queues out the door by 11am! TOP TIP: Even if you are not interested in the museum, take a visit anyway just for the amazing views out over the Acropolis!

Hadrian's Arch

Athina, Hadrian's Arch

Content: It is just a short five minute walk to the next historic hot spot- Arc Of Hadrian! This was built to honour the Roman emperor Hadrian and served as one of the seven gates of the defensive wall built by the Turks following several attacks. Something that struck me as interesting is that this Arc is right on the edge of a main road! Wait for the lights to go red to get a clear photo.

Location: Athens

Day 2 - 2 Aug 2021

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Athens, Temple of Olympian Zeus

Content: Again just a few minutes walk from the Arc of Hadrian (you can literally see it from the Arc) is the ruined Temple of Zeus. It took over 700 years to build and was originally supported by 105 columns, although only 15 remain standing today. Entry to the Temple is included in the combo €30 ticket you could purchase from the Acropolis.

Plaka

Athens, Plaka

Content: By now you may be feeling a little exhausted by all the ruins, so it is the perfect time to go and explore one of Athen’s most beautiful neighbourhoods- Plaka! Once again, it is a handy 5 minute walk away from the last destination and is the perfect place to finish your day. Wander the flower lined streets and explore the different boutique shops!

Anafoika

Athens, Anafoika

Content: Stop for dinner at Anafiotika cafe, where we had one of our favourite meals in Greece! The rooftop bar is absolutely gorgeous as well and the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring.

Location: Athina

Day 3 - 3 Aug 2021

Monastiraki

Athina, Monastiraki

Content: Start your final day in Athens early again to make the most of the day! Start at Monastiraki Square, which is easily reachable by metro. It is a lovely lovely area, filled with markets and colourful graffiti across the walls gives the area real character.

Ancient Agora of Athens

Athina, Ancient Agora of Athens
Athina, Ancient Agora of Athens

Content: Take a short walk (approximately 9 minutes) to the Ancient Agora. Entry to this is also covered by the €30 combo ticket I discussed earlier! The Ancient Agora used to be the absolute heart of Athens, with all markets, schools and social events taking place here. It is also the place that Socrates used to lecture his students! This is such an important historic place in Athens, but is much quieter than the Acropolis. Leave yourself at least an hour or so to really explore the area.

Syntagma Square

Athina, Syntagma Square

Content: Next, head to Syntagma Square. This is a really nice walk as it takes you back to modernAthens, and it is really interesting to see the contrast. This square is the centre of the city, and is the main transport, shopping and social hub. You can also stop at The Parliament Building to watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony, which takes place every hour on the hour exactly.

Panathenaic Stadium

Athina, Panathenaic Stadium

Content: The Panathenaic Stadium is arguably one of the most famous spots in Athens, and can’t be missed! It is the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. The stadium was constructed in 4th century BC and can still seat up to 60,000 spectators! Entry is €5, or €2.50 for students.

Location: Athens

Day 3 - 3 Aug 2021

Psyri

Athens, Psyri

Content: Next, explore another of one Athen’s beautiful neighbourhoods! You can either take a 25 minute walk or jump back on the metro which will take around 20 minutes. Interestingly, this used to be one of the most dangerous districts in Athens but is now one of the trendiest and most fashionable! Take a wander through the streets, keeping an eye out for all the amazing street art.

Psyri

Athens, Psyri

Content: Whilst in the neighbourhood, head down to Little Kook Cafe, which is a quirky, seasonally themed cafe that brings fairytales to life!

Location: Γλυφάδα

Day 3 - 3 Aug 2021

Asteras Beach

Γλυφάδα, Asteras Beach

Content: By this time, I’m sure you will be knackered from your busy free days in Athens and craving a beach afternoon! Athens is actually surrounded by some really beautiful beaches- out favourite was Asteria Beach. We took a taxi out there which cost €20 and took around 25 minutes in the car. Once there, there is an array of beach club options if you feel like being fancy, or free sections of the beach as well!

Location: Mikonos

Day 4 - 4 Aug 2021

Mikonos

Mikonos, Mikonos

Content: It is now time to leave the city and head to one of the most beautiful Greek islands, Mykonos! You will need to take a ferry- I found websites like go-ferry.com and ferryscanner very useful. I decided to head off early to make the most of the day in Mykonos, so I got a taxi from my accommodation to the port in Athens. The journey from Athens to Mykonos took around 3 hours, but can very from anywhere between 2.5 hours to 5 hours depending on the speed of the boat that you book!

Airbnb

Mikonos, Airbnb
Mikonos, Airbnb
Mikonos, Airbnb

Content: Head straight to your accommodation to settle in! I’d recommend staying in an AirB&B so you have the option to cook at home as well. I stayed at ‘Artemis and Nikos’ place which I absolutely loved! It was really centrally located and though it was small, it had everything we needed.

Mikonos

Mikonos, Mikonos

Content: Once arriving into Mykonos island, you will need to get a taxi from the port to the town. The taxis can only go so far (some parts of the islands are no vehicles allowed) so be ready for the possibility of having to carry some of your luggage!

Raya Restaurant

Mikonos, Raya Restaurant

Content: Spend the rest of the afternoon settling into your accommodation, getting your bearings and resting after a busy few days in Athens! In the evening, head to Raya Restaurant for a meal right on the water front!

Location: Mikonos

Day 5 - 5 Aug 2021

Mykonos

Mikonos, Mykonos

Content: It’s time to explore the island! Start by heading up to one of the most famous spots on the entire island- the windmills! They were first built and in use from around 1500 and were used all the way up to the start of the 20th century. Nowadays, not only do they provide a beautiful insight into the history of Mykonos, but their location provides a wonderful view over the island!

Location: Μύκονος

Day 5 - 5 Aug 2021

Little Venice

Μύκονος, Little Venice

Content: Next, wander down the hill into the gorgeous Little Venice! This is one of the cutest parts of the entire island, and is a hot spot for sunsets. Sit by the water front and have a coffee and some breakfast, or return later for a romantic meal! I recommend Captain’s Restaurant for all three, and it also has good wifi! Don’t miss Mykonos’ most famous resident- a pink pelican named Petros! He came to Mykonos after he was rescued by a fisherman in 1958 and is often found wandering the cafes in Little Venice! Little Venice is also a great place to pick up souvenirs to take back home!

Location: Mikonos

Day 5 - 5 Aug 2021

BAKALO Greek Eatery Mykonos

Mikonos, BAKALO Greek Eatery Mykonos

Content: For dinner, head to Bakalo Greek Eatery for an authentic Greek meal! To make sure you get to samples a few dishes, I would recommend ordering a few things and sharing!

Cine Manto Mykonos

Mikonos, Cine Manto Mykonos

Content: Finish off your evening with a trip to Cine Manto, an outdoor cinema! They run English films and even serve food, so you can have a meal while you watch your film! This was one of my favourite activities across the entire trip!

Location: Mykonos

Day 6 - 6 Aug 2021

Mykonos Island (Μύκονος)

Mykonos, Mykonos Island (Μύκονος)

Content: What else is there to do on a gorgeous island but relax and enjoy the beaches? Mykonos has some absolutely stunning beaches and lots of different options to suit everyone! My favourite was Kalafati Beach. It’s gorgeous and sandy, with lots of room to swim. You have to take a bus to reach it, but this is easily organised from Mykonos and very affordable. We ended up spending an entire day here!

Mikonos

Mykonos, Mikonos

Content: Enjoy your dinner on the beach front, at the beach restaurant Petrino Aquarius! It is a little pricy (to be expected, as it’s right on the water front) but the food is very much worth it! I hope you have enjoyed your trip to Athens and Mykonos! They are some of the most beautiful places I have ever travelled to, so I can’t wait to get back and explore further!