As one of the oldest cities in the world, and recognised as the cradle of Western democracy, philosophy, modern civilisation and (of course) the world-renowned Olympic Games, it’s not hard to see why Athens is on so many people’s bucket lists.
We’re welcomed to our stay at the city’s stylish Hilton Hotel with a smile and a bottle of wine – always a winning combination – and shown to our spacious, modern rooms. two enticing pools and a bar, you’ll be tempted to spend the whole of your trip inside, but we’d encourage you to venture out as soon as possible and explore all that Athens has rocky streets of the worldfamous city with the sun beaming down on you is an experience unlike any you’ll
Top of anyone’s Athens to-do-list is likely be the Acropolis, the sacred citadel upon which the remains of many Greek temples still stand. A pilgrimage to one of the world’s most recognised landmarks is bound to be humbling, and the Acropolis certainly doesn’t disappoint. As you marvel at the unimaginable amount of manpower and craftsmanship that must have gone into building the structures in a pre-technology era, remember to take in the breathtaking sight of the city from high above.
But while Athens may of epic fantasies like Game of Thrones to take you away from everyday life, there’s also plenty of luxury shopping and modern nightlife to be found, including the chic rooftop Galaxy Bar and Restaurant back at the Hilton best views the city has to
If clubbing is your thing, it’s worth noting that Athens’ exuberant nightlife doesn’t truly begin until late at night, with many bars opening around 11pm and remaining open until the early hours – something we found out when we visited the city’s hottest gay nightclub Sodade2; a small but satisfying venue that adds new meaning to ‘meatpacking’ with its gorgeous men and distinct lack of personal space.
Playing a constant steam of Britney Spears, Madonna, and even the occasional Bette Midler, there’s no better place in Greece to lose your inhibitions and dance to your hearts content.
LGBT-friendly tour guides are available from Big Olive, with numerous stops at historical points of interest and nuggets of information
the more ‘mainstream’ tours. Featuring expertly told stories of homoerotic bath houses, and mortals, and the LGBT+ landmarks, it’s a tour you’re
Speaking of bath houses, a visit to the Hammam of the most authentically ‘Greek’ experiences that money can buy. Modelled after traditional communal common in ancient times, scrubbing salts and and an experience to share such sauna full of strangers, but you’ll feel liberated doing it, and achieve a dreamy state of mind in the process.
Greek cuisine served as the focus of much of our trip, and for good reason – the various dishes savoured during our time in Athens truly put British food to shame. With the Mediterranean diet largely considered one of the caught from the adjourning oceans, the country’s famous grilled souvlaki, or juicy salads something for all foodies to enjoy – even the fussy ones.
One of the most memorable undoubtedly Mama Roux’s, eccentricity matched only by cocktails or fresh milkshakes missed one of the restaurant’s revered street food parties being held later that evening.
When you’ve truly exhausted all that Athens attractions and exuberant host of Greek islands at your living are your thing, then look no further than Hydra, one of the region’s most satisfyingly quaint destinations.
us to the ultimate relaxing sign that the island is so heavily reliant on tourism Hydra is quite literally your footpath. Well, yours and the occasional donkey. Aside from that’s not authentically Greek about the island.
But there’s more to this destination than sandy beaches and sunset cocktails those things – as Hydra is rich in culture and history, too. A visit to the Historical Archives Museum of Hydra some impressively detailed donated by descendants of throughout history.
customers to enjoy, it’s the the sea and reminisced over proudly recalled hosting the imagine a more romantic location to tie the knot.
While the many historical no keep you on your feet as you soak up as much culture as possible, it’s important to so many people continue to visit, and revisit, Greece – its incomparable beauty.
GT travelled to Athens with British Airways from London Heathrow. GT stayed at the Hilton Athens Hotel, hiltonathens.gr. For more information on what to do in Greece see visitgreece.gr
RIGHT THE ACROPOLIS BELOW HYDRA