Day 1 - 31 Jul 2021
Content: We landed in Athens on a hot, sunny afternoon, and immediately checked-in to the Golden City Hotel, which is situated within walking distance from the sites we were planning on visiting.
Content: With the city being famously known for its ancient history, it was inevitable that our first stop would be the Acropolis. A heatwave hit the country during our stay, and unbeknown to us, the Acropolis was closed to visitors during the afternoon as a safety measure. The closing time is usually between noon and 5pm, but please check beforehand when ordering tickets. We had to wait a little bit but the visit was well worth the wait. If you intend to visit in summer, make sure you are well prepared. Hats and caps are a must, as well as plenty of sunscreen and cold refreshing water.
Content: The first site one comes across is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus - a stone Roman theatre which is still used to this day for concerts and theatre productions.
Content: A few metres uphill will lead to the Parthenon - the most prominent structure, which is currently undergoing restoration. Alongside it, one finds the Erechtheion, a temple dedicated to Athena and Poseidon. Needless to say, the history here is palpable and as we were exploring we could not help but wonder how the ancient Greeks used to worship their gods here. The Parthenon is in fact a monumental and long lasting symbol of democracy and Western civilization. If you are a history buff, you will love this place!
Content: At the end of our visit, we encountered a viewpoint from which we could see Mount Lycabettus from a distance. We finished the day with a stop at a nearby restaurant to try out some traditional Greek cuisine: fried feta with honey and sesame seeds, and chicken souvlaki. Yum!
Day 2 - 1 Aug 2021
Content: With the relentless heat seemingly not giving up, we set off to our first stop for the day: the Panathenaic Stadium. Built entirely of marble, this was home to the first modern Olympic games in 1896. We could not resist taking some pictures on the podium and running on the track ;). The entrance fee for this site also includes access to the Olympic museum situated adjacent to the stadium itself. Here one can find a display of torches, together with the posters of all the previous respective games, up until the latest Olympics.
Content: By mid-afternoon, we arrived at the Acropolis museum, where we spent the afternoon. You can truly spend a whole day here. A vast and extensive collection of ancient Greek relics and artefacts. Truly mesmerizing.
Day 3 - 2 Aug 2021
Content: We planned to spend the rest of the week at two of the most popular Greek islands: Mykonos and Santorini. We had booked an early flight to Mykonos from Athens, and landed later in the morning.
Content: We checked into Makis Place, close to the Old Port.
Content: We then headed to our first stop: Agios Stefanos Beach, which was a half hour walk away. The crystal clear sea easily made it one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever visited. Of course, it was time for a refreshing swim.
Content: We lunched in a nearby restaurant, and then walked back to Mykonos Town. One can immediately notice the unique white-washed walls which make up most of the town. We enjoyed getting lost in the streets as we also explored less popular areas of the town. No type of vehicle is allowed in this area, so we could walk freely and undisturbed.
Content: Later in the afternoon, we reached Boni’s windmill, from which we could also get a view over the city beneath. Just across the road, one can also find Nus-et restaurant, home of the well-known “Salt Bae”. Who knows, you might even get to meet a celebrity here :)
Content: We made a stop at the Church of Panagia Paraportiani.
Content: By the evening, we were famished, and so we stopped at a restaurant at Old Town. Some of the best food in the Greek islands is seafood, make sure to try some especially if you visit in summer. The octopus stew was to die for!
Content: After that we headed to the windmills for a stunning view of the sunset.
Day 4 - 3 Aug 2021
Content: Mykonos is known as a party island. We however opted to spend the day relaxing at Agios Stefanos Beach. There are many other beaches one can swim at in Mykonos.
Day 5 - 4 Aug 2021
Content: We took the 2-hour fast ferry from the Old Port to Santorini early in the morning, and then took a taxi to Oia. We settled down at Anemoessa Villa and later set off to explore the town.
Content: Oia is situated on a cliff side, so you will see stunning views from literally every angle.
Content: We headed to Oia Castle later in the afternoon to find a viewpoint for the sunset. It is the most popular sunset spot on the island, and so we recommend going there at least an hour before since it gets quite crowded! Totally still worth the wait!
Day 6 - 5 Aug 2021
Content: Our plan for the day was to explore Oia while it was less crowded, and then visit the other towns on the island.
Day 6 - 5 Aug 2021
Content: We rented a quad bike from the hotel and visited Imerovigli, Fira and Megalochori. All these towns have their own wonders. Best thing to do is to get lost in the winding streets.
Day 6 - 5 Aug 2021
Day 6 - 5 Aug 2021
Content: We made it back to Oia just in time for another sunset.
Day 7 - 6 Aug 2021
Content: For our last day, we decided to visit the different beaches that Santorini has to offer: our main stops included Red beach, Perissa beach, Ammoudi Bay and Paralia Paradisos beach. All very accessible with crystal clear and clean waters. Have a dip in the Aegean Sea :)