Romantic corners abound in Athens and include spectacular views, intimate cafés and restaurants to share a meal by candlelight and shady arbors in the National Park to inspire romantics. You can also take a stroll through the neighborhood of Anafiotika in Plaka, a district which looks like a small island village with whitewashed houses, enclosed courtyards and old fashioned gardens with flowers and aromatic herbs.
Street in Anafiotika — Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou
Start from Dionysiou Areopagitou and wander aimlessly uphill, bringing you closer to the foothill of the Acropolis. Distances are short, streets are mainly pedestrian, and the many archeological sites you see on the way add even more interest.
If you are in the mood for a romantic dinner in a picturesque environment reminiscent of old times, Platanos Taverna is the ideal choice. On the way you can walk along Dionysiou Areopagitou, past the Acropolis, and continue until you reach Thission.
The central square offers a wide choice of cafés and a view of the Acropolis that is breathtaking. Wander along the side streets of Thission and have a drink at Bandoneon Mate Bar Cafe and enjoy the live tango music. For something livelier, stop by Stavlos on Iraklidon Street.
The pedestrian Apostolou Pavlou Avenue features an improvised open air market, selling trinkets and gifts, and itinerant musicians often give performances. The Athens Observatory and the imposing church of Agia Marina crown the scenery with their intriguing architecture.
Take another romantic walk through the National Garden. Ideal for the warmer hours of the day, the garden offers a welcome respite from the noisy traffic. The National Garden has many secluded arbors and romantic corners where one can relax and just enjoy the quiet and the scenery. Note, though, that it does close at sunset.
Shady arbor in the National Garden — Photo courtesy of Nelly Paraskevopoulou
The view from Lycabettus Hill is also spectacular, reaching down to the sea and the closest islands. The tiny church of Saint George, perched on the summit of Lycabettus, is a favorite for romantic weddings. You can reach Lycabettus by walking up the steep steps or by taking the funicular railway from Aristippou Street.
A romantic dinner at Orizontes, right at the top of Lycabettus, is a sophisticated choice. For something more casual you can walk downhill again and enjoy a light meal at historical Dexameni café on a quiet square just below Saint George's Lycabettus Hotel.