The most romantic things to in Athens

Sep 8, 2021
Acropolis, Lycabettus and Athens city from Filopappou Hill

Are you considering visiting the Greek capital with your other half? Is it for a short city break before you get to one of the gorgeous islands or are you planning on staying here for a little longer? Whichever the case, one thing is for sure. Athens city is a destination in its own right and visitors should not treat it just as a stop over, simply because there is so much to experience.

At Keytours, we feel you should spend at least 3 full days in order to get to grips with the fascinating ancient history and in order to sense the urban pulse of the Athens of today. Athens is a seductress of a city, able of offering its guests a multitude of experiences. And if you are visiting it as a couple, here are some of the most romantic things to do in Athens, where love can flourish almost naturally in the most wonderful of ways. 

Couples choice: top romantic things to do in Athens

1. Romantic walks: Holding hands under the Acropolis

The form of Athens city allows for some of the most inspirational and romantic walks around its most iconic landmark; the impressive Acropolis rock and citadel. The Acropolis dominates the historical center, around which the ancient and modern city developed. It is surrounded by a pedestrian walkway, one of the quintessential things to do in Athens favoured by visitors and locals alike. If you want to know about the fascinating history and culture as you stroll, feel free to choose one of our guided walking tours of Athens. Otherwise, start your walk from the pedestrian Areopagitou Street, at the southern side of the rock, from where the Acropolis appears all the more glorious, and follow the route as it goes around the bend and reaches the area of Thiseion and then follows up to Monastiraki and soak up the atmosphere. During the day, the light graces the surfaces in a divine-like manner while at night, the Acropolis is illuminated against the dark sky, turning it into a magical sight to behold. On a full moon night especially, the ambiance is positively disarming. 

2. Romantic dinners:  Dinner in the sky

Athens city is your oyster when it comes to options for romantic dinners. There are restaurants on rooftops with views over the Athenian skyline, quaint little tavernas and bistros all around and especially in the area of Anafiotika, one of the oldest residential districts at the northern side of the Acropolis. Traditional eateries, fine dining, places that combine live music and meze culture, street food stores, vegetarian and vegan restaurants, snack bars, the list just goes on and on. Yet, if you and your partner are looking for something completely out of the ordinary, why not try a romantic Athenian dinner in the sky, as the city’s vistas are literally strewn 50 meters beneath your feet. Heavenly, six course dinner with flavours that are absolutely divine. This romantic dinner option is not for the faint hearted as it requires some courage while you should expect a surge of adrenaline and excitement. 

Dinner in the sky in Athens city

3. Open-air cinema: Movies under the stars

The fantastic weather we enjoy in Athens, lends itself to experiences that are often associated with being indoors. One of these is open-air movie viewing. Athens has a plethora of open-air cinemas in various locations around the city. They are fitted with tables and chairs and an easily accessible bar that is open throughout the duration of the film. If you and your partner are movie enthusiasts, can you think of anything more romantic that watching a film under the stars? Well, perhaps a private viewing would be more romantic but until then, be sure to check out the open-air cinemas in the city center and especially those around the Acropolis, for that added wow factor. These are usually open in the summer period which typically runs from June till September. All we need to caution you about is the occasional nuisance of mosquitoes. 

4. Chase the sunset: Sunset tour to Sounio 

Chasing sunsets is one of the most romantic things to do with your chosen one. Apart from it being a magical natural sight to behold, there is something innately symbolic about sunsets that couples find irresistible. It has to do with the day ending and the beginning of the night, meaning it is important on two counts: replaying all the day’s moments and looking forward to even more exciting ones come nightfall. But what if you and your loved one were to experience a breathtaking sunset strewn sky with an iconic ancient temple landmark to add even more enchantment? If this sounds like your cup of tea, then choose to go on a magnificent sunset tour of Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

Sunset tour to Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon

5. Lycabettus Hill: Stargazing & city views

There is a spot in central Athens that not many tourists know about. Often frequented by locals, Lycabettus Hill, is one of the city’s highest points. Offering stunning views of the Athenian plateau below, it is the perfect place for a romantic stroll. At the top, there is usually a canteen for refreshments but no designated seating. If you go early, you can secure a bench where you can sit and take in the city views and contemplate all things coupley. Alternatively, there is also a nice cafe bar lower down. Sunsets here are wonderful too but it is a great spot for stargazing as the city lights are further away. It is a must visit on a full moon night especially. 

6. Smooth sailing: Cruise the Athenian Riviera

Why not take advantage of two of Athens’ most incredible features: the fantastic climate and its coastal location. A scenic, sailing cruise to Athens Riviera combines both a laid-back activity and some of the most astonishing views as you cruise along the coast. If that kind of combination is not romantic, then what is? You and your loved one can sit together as the visuals roll on by, one after another, while we take care of food and drink since we also offer a delicious BBQ lunch on board. Discover a hidden side of Athens while you soak up all the sun rays on deck and make plans about your next trip together. All you and your partner need to do is show up with your sunscreen and your best mood for a bit of adventure. 

Catamaran sailing cruise to Athens Riviera with Keytours

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