A Weekend on the Athens Riviera | VOULIAGMENI
Athens is a city steeped in Greek mythology and history and has so much to offer for a long holiday. But in a weekend you can also do a lot, as LOVE BRAND & Co. Founders, Oliver & Rose discover on the Athens Riviera…
WHERE TO STAY
Vouliagmeni is a 25 minute taxi from the airport and is The Athens Riviera, with super hotels, restaurants and marinas. Home to one of our favourite Four Seasons resorts in the world, the Astir Palace, which boosts an incredible waterfront location from the most highly prized land in all of Greece. A smaller boutique hotel we recommend is Azur, also in Vouliagmeni, which was the ideal base camp for a city break in Athens.
WHAT TO DO
Leave Vouliagmeni to see some of the infamous city sites. We took a taxi to the Acropolis early, beating the rush and we recommend arranging a guide and visiting the Acropolis Museum. After a morning site seeing, it’s time for a drink and lunch at Strofi, a rooftop restaurant which you might never find! We struggled! It is unsigned, through an inconspicuous doorway and up 3 flights of stairs, giving the restaurant great views of the Parthenon. Next time we would time our visit to Athens and book tickets for an evening concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus or The Olympic Stadium.
WHERE TO SHOP
Walk around the flea markets of Plaka, at the bottom of the Acropolis. This is the oldest part of the city with narrow cobbled streets and shops, cafes and market stalls. If looking for beachwear however, you need to head back to Vouliagmeni and find Salt Water at the Four Seasons.