3 days in Athens for singles
Are you single and planning to visit Athens? Then, the Greek capital is an ideal destination for solo trips as it offers a plethora of choices to make the most of your independence and freedom as well as make some new acquaintances. Indulge in the pulse of a city that respects its past, while at the same time enjoys its present.
If you have three days to get to know Athens, then, your options at your disposal are plenty. Take a pick and prepare for new and exciting experiences.
The Acropolis, the city’s landmark, and the impressive Acropolis Museum (bear in mind that you’ll need about 2 hours minimum) is your first destination. Take a stroll in the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou Pedestrian Street, wander through the alleys of the picturesque Plaka, and visit Monastiraki with its flea market.
Next, your walk will lead you in Psiri, one of the most historic and picturesque neighbourhoods of Athens, that is always pulsing. Your day will continue with a cocktail at one of the terraces of the area or with a glass of wine in one of the wine bars downtown.
For dinner, you can choose any of the splendid terraces overlooking the Acropolis, like Kuzina in Thissio or City Zen in Monastiraki. In the evening, get ready to experience the vibrant nightlife of the city’s centre, in the bustling Gazi, the cosmopolitan Kolonaki, the alternative Karitsi Square and the ever-busy Agias Eirinis Square. If you aren’t too tired, follow the locals to the so-called "bouzoukia" on Iera Odos Street to see what the real Greek nightlife is all about.
Enjoy a cup of coffee in Kolonaki at Chez Michel or Dharma, and afterwards visit the Benaki Museum or the Cycladic Art Museum. A few steps away, you will find the ever-crowded Syntagma Square and the Parliament building. Don't miss the changing of the guards of evzones, once every hour. If you are art lovers, you should also pay a visit to the Contemporary Art Museum.
If you're in the mood for a walk by the sea, then the compass points to Flisvos Marina. You can then take the tram and head for Glyfada, the coastal suburb of southern Athens that offers countless "summer" moments throughout the year. Young people fill the main streets all day long for coffee, shopping, lunch or just walks. You can enjoy lunch here in one of the numerous and varied eateries of the area (e.g. Vincenzo, ARK, Mezze Glyfada) or go to Mikrolimano for fresh fish.
What better way to start your last day in Athens than with a morning walk in the green area of Zappeion Mansion and the National Gardens! If you like museums, you shouldn’t forget to visit the Archaeological Museum on Patision Street, one of the most significant museums in the city.
In the afternoon, head north taking the metro. Make a stop at the Athens Olympic Athletic Centre (OAKA) and wander around the area where the biggest part of the 2004 Olympic Games took place. Your next stop is Kifissia. Either for food, coffee, walk or shopping, the majestic neighbourhood of the northern suburbs is a popular destination of Athenians offering a plethora of choices.
To Kalosorisma tou Antoni tavern is an excellent choice, if you are into something more traditional, and the exotic and impressive Zambri gives another meaning to your night. Your last day in the city is ideally completed with a visit to the neighbouring Halandri, which is one of the hottest spot in Athens, with Theory bar & more being a guarantee of a good time.
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