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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.
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.
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.