I had little or no expectations before going there and all I knew was Acroplis and Santorini. But boy, was I so wrong that there are more things and experiences waiting for me in Greece. And so Greece turns out to be one of my favorite countries as of now. 🙂
Hotel – Where did we stay
Well, I must say my then-BF (Now Fiance) always do a good job in finding the best accommodation (I’m usually the air ticket I/C). After intensive research, we booked Athens Gate Hotel and their rooftop dining is one of the most recommended places to go. Our daily breakfast had us in awe with 3 different views – Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Mount Lycabettus! Seriously, where else can you find a view like this?
Our first stop when we arrive via Qatar airways was Mount Lycabettus. Before that, we went to nearby eatery named Smile, to get a taste of Moussaka. And one key thing I learnt from this trip was that Hummus is not a Greek dish but a Middle-Eastern dish. :p
1. Mount Lycabettus
We dropped by Arch of Hedrian along the way since it was just opposite our hotel. Thereafter, it was a 20-min walk to Mount Lycabettus
2. Temple of Olympian Zeus
We kick-started the next day with visits to main attractions. During winter season, the sightseeing pass is slashed to half price but they closes earlier. So it would be better to check out the timings and all of them are closed during public holidays such as Christmas and Boxing Day.
We headed to the nearest cafe to get our coffee fix. A quaint cafe that offers specialty coffee – Coffee Dive.
3. Odeon of Herodes Atticus
This is a stone theatre structure at the ascent to Acropolis. It used to be a music concert venue for them.
4. Acropolis of Athens
This hilltop temple monument was undergoing some construction work so we tried to take a good photo from different angle. And there’s a resident cat there! We call it the Guardian of Acropolis. 🐱
5. Temple of Hephaestus
I guess out of many attractions, this building is the most well-preserved. It was dedicated to Hephaestus, the ancient god of fire and Athena, Goddess of pottery and arts. It was known that a lot of craftsmen worked at this temple.
It is situated near the Acropolis and within walking distance. It has an awesome view from the top as well.
6. Ancient Agora of Athens
This place was previously used for the local residential as gatherings.
Here’s a few main attractions of Athens and they are all within walking distance if you live around Plaka, Syntagma Square, Monastiraki area. For next entries, I’ll feature more on our day trips to Meteora, Temple of Poisedon and a visit to Santorini! So stay tuned.