You are on your honeymoon or enjoying a romantic cruise as a couple and have half a day free, when your cruise transits at the port of Piraeus, close to Athens. Make the most of these hours by enjoying this romantic itinerary.
Temple of Poseidon, one of many romantic stops for your short Athens visit — Photo courtesy of Aegeon Hotel
An excellent idea would be to visit Sounio, which can be reached by car in about 40 minutes from Piraeus. The drive is enchanting, as you pass close to secluded bays; residential areas, like Lagonisi, Anavyssos and Saronida; and fish restaurants right on the beach.
Sounio is famous for the ancient temple of Poseidon (Neptune) that's built on the promontory. It offers a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea. Athena's temple is built lower down on the slope. After seeing the temples, you can enjoy a swim in the sea on the nearby beach of Legrena, followed by lunch at tavern Merida, which specializes in fresh fish.
If you prefer something closer by, head for the beach at Glyfada or Vouliagmeni, where you can also enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants in the district, or return to Piraeus for lunch at one of the famous fish restaurants at Mikrolimano, amongst which Istioploikos is definitely the most romantic.
For those who are not interested in swimming, the view from the highest point in Piraeus, Profitis Ilias, is certainly worth seeing and makes a wonderful setting for photographs. Discover the picturesque center of Piraeus, walking through the streets around the Municipal theater, and find that special gift you were looking for.
The interior of Melina Cafe, a famous eatery in Plaka — Photo courtesy of Melina Cafe
On the other hand, you might like to see a bit of Athens, which is only 12 kilometers away. In this case, you have time to grab a taxi and get off somewhere near the famous neighborhood of Plaka, considered the most romantic place in Athens.
Plaka is admittedly the most picturesque neighborhood in Athens, and all visitors make a point of visiting this area, strolling through the narrow alleys and walking up and down steps that lead to still more streets, unexpected parks and houses which seem to belong to another era.
Enjoy a walk at your own pace through the quaint alleys in this singular location, and have lunch at one of the traditional taverns, such as Diogenis or Platanos, or a quick snack at famous Melina Cafe. If you are looking for a special souvenir, visit Yannis Souvatzoglou or the Attic Black Shop.