Athens, Greece

This summer, I went to Greece.

Our first stop was in Athens. We spent 4 days there in total (2 days when we arrived and the last 2 days of our trip in Greece), then we took the boat and the plane to heaven and turquoise sea: the islands of Mykonos and Santorini (I’ll talk about them in two different posts later).

In Greece, because of the crisis, the cost of life is not as expensive as it is in France. Especially food, and especially in Athens (not so much on the islands). And because I LOVE food, well, I was in my element. OUPSI. Talking about food, greek food is, in my opinion, one of the best food you’ll find in Europe (I know, I am French and I say this …)
Flights departing from Paris are pretty cheap, but the hotels are expensive (sometimes REALLY expensive).

What we did: 4 days in Athens, 5 days on the island of Mykonos and 5 days on the island of Santorini.

I fell in love with Greece. Really.

 

When we arrived, we went to our hotel: Electra Metropolis.

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  • Great location, in the city centre, with an amazing view on the Acropolis
  • The rooms are clean and comfortable
  • Breakfast is really good with a large choice (it was included in the reservation we made on Booking.com) and served on the hotel rooftop
  • WIFI Access
  • A small gym, Spa (apparently really good but never went), a really good but really expensive restaurant
  • Some of the staff speak French (and many other languages)

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  • The swimming pool is right next to the breakfast tables

 

And when we came back to Athens we stayed at Mélia Hotel Athens.

+:

  • View on the Acropolis from the rooftop
  • The rooms are a bit smaller but are also really clean and comfortable
  • Swimming pool and Jacuzzi on the rooftop, small gym
  • Really nice bar on the rooftop
  • WIFI Access
  • Good Breakfast (Less variety than at the Electra)
  • Some of the staff speak French

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  • The hotel location is not as good at the other one. A taxi driver told us to “not walk around this neighborhood at night” so …

Hotel Links: Electra Metropolis & Mélia

 

A lot of building in Athens are abandoned, especially in the city center. Crisis ?

I love Athens because of how historic the city is. You can find historical sites anywhere you walk in the city. They even destroyed a whole part of the city to do archeological researches.

Greeks are really nice and welcoming.

We travelled mid-September and the weather was really hot.

 

WHAT TO DO:

  • Visit of the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Agora (show up early so you don’t wait in line and get “cooler” temperatures – entry fee : 20e, 10e for students and people above 65 years old, free for people under 18 years old and people with disabilities)
  • Walk in the Plaka (really touristic neighborhood but really cute)
  • Visit of the National Museum of Archeology (entry fee: 10e, 5e for people above 65 years old and non european students, free for people under 18 years old and european students)

My advice is to take a 2 days ticket for the “HOP ON – HOP OFF” red buses (you can have a discount with your hotel) because means of transportation can be a pain in a city you don’t know, especially when you’re short on time. The bus goes everywhere from the Piraeus to all the touristic places.
Taxi is pretty cheap too.

 

WHERE TO EAT:

  • ERGON (located near the Electra Metropolis, the Mezes are FENOMENAL)

 

WHAT TO BUY:

  • Skin products from the brand “Saponaria”, I highly recommend them, THEY WORK (https://saponaria.gr)

 

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