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Vas­sile­nas

Vas­sile­nas is an in­sti­tu­tion in Athens known for its fresh seafood dishes. The restau­rant has nearly 100 years of his­tory, start­ing as Thana­sis Vas­sile­nas’ hum­ble tav­erna in the 1920s near the port of Pi­raeus but even­tu­ally be­com­ing an up­scale, mod­ern eatery in the cen­tre of Athens. Within the restau­rant’s vol­canic pumice-stone walls from San­torini, hon­ey­moon­ers can dine on sump­tu­ous seafood dishes in­clud­ing smoked octopus and grilled fresh catches of the day, paired with some of the 150 Greek and in­ter­na­tional wines from the restau­rant’s walk-in cel­lar.

Mount Ly­ca­bet­tus

Catch the sun­set to­gether from Athens’ high­est point, Mount Ly­ca­bet­tus, which rises 277 me­tres above sea level and of­fers panoramic views of the city below. Cou­ples can ei­ther walk the cir­cu­lar path or take a fu­nic­u­lar all the way to the top, which is rec­om­mended dur­ing the sum­mer. At the top, make time to ex­plore the Church of Agios Ge­or­gios and head to the view­ing plat­form to take in the views of Athens and the Aegean Sea. And as dusk sets in, the city lights up, in­clud­ing his­tor­i­cal sites such as the Acrop­o­lis, Tem­ple of Olympian Zeus and An­cient Agora.

Be­naki Mu­seum

Housed in a beau­ti­ful neo­clas­si­cal man­sion, the Be­naki Mu­seum was founded in 1930 and named af­ter art col­lec­tor An­to­nis Be­nakis, who do­nated more than 45,000 his­toric items to the Greek state. One of Athens’ lead­ing mu­se­ums, it ex­hibits a huge, di­verse col­lec­tion of relics that tell the story of how An­cient Greece evolved into the mod­ern na­tion. Art- and cul­ture-lov­ing cou­ples can see arte­facts from pre­his­toric to mod­ern times, with some dat­ing as far back as 3,000BC. High­lights in­clude works by painter and sculp­tor El Greco, Lord By­ron’s desk and the en­trance hall of a 17th-cen­tury Egyp­tian palace.

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