Another dream come true, I finally get to travel with two of my best friends Alexis and Sara to an amazingly beautiful country “GREECE”.
My girlfriends and I decided to meet in Athens and explore the Greek capital for one day and two nights. Many people would recommend us to skip Athens but we wanted to stop by and make our own opinion about the city and visit our Greek friend Anastasia.
Alexis, Anastasia, Sara and I met in a beauty pageant called “Miss teen world” on 2010 and it was very exciting to get all together again.
Greek families are great host and Anastasia and her family received us with a very tasty traditional Greek dinner. I have to say that the feta cheese that Anastasia’s family served us was the best one I have ever had.
We only had one day to see the best of the city so we woke up very early in the morning and visited the famous “Acropolis”.
Acropolis it’s an ancient citadel located on an extremely rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.
If you are going to visit Acropolis in the summer, please be there at 8am to avoid large crowds of people. Also, bring water and if possible an umbrella to cover yourself from the strong heat.
2) 360 DEGREES
After Acropolis we went to a trendy rooftop restaurant-café-bar loved by the locals called “360 degrees”. Anastasia is a coffee lover and she said that at 360 degrees we we would find the best coffee in town and indeed the coffee was delicious. The panoramic view overlooking the ancient city was spectacular and definitely worth the visit. Check out 360 degrees website so you know what I am talking about.
3) MONASTIRAKI FLEA MARKET
360 degrees is located right by the “Monastiraki Flea Market”. The Monastiraki market is like a Grand Bazaar where you can find just about anything. Most of the shops sell the same stuff you find in the tourist shops on the Greek islands but cheaper. Monastiraki is one of those markets where you can find something really cool if you look carefully, for example I bought my favorite pair of sandals of this summer in one of the shops. You guys have probably seen the sandals on my Instagram I love them (sandals picture here).
4) THE MALL
My friends and I wanted to keep shopping so Anastasia took as to a proper shopping center called “The Mall” where you can find many popular and local brands. This shopping center reminded me to the typical huge shopping centers in the U.S. no wonder why this mall is a favorite shopping destination among locals.
5) BEST FRIEND’S COFFEE
To finalize our day, we spent a nice relaxing evening at the “Best friend’s coffee”, there are two of these coffee places in Athens and we went to the one in “thrakomakedones”(pictures here). The atmosphere was great, my girlfriends and I stayed for about four hours, we started with coffee and snacks and finished with complementary shots and pizza. This place is trendy among locals, go there for a chill, fun and enjoyable time.
In conclusion please try the authentic Feta Cheese, visit the Acropolis early in the morning, go for a drink/coffee to 360 degrees and enjoy the view, check out the Monastiraki Flea Market and The Mall for shopping and last but not least have a nice evening at Best friend’s coffee.
Are you thinking of taking a ferry from Athens to Mykonos?
The morning after we had to wake up at 5am to take the ferry from Piraeus port to Mykonos at 7am, its important to mention that we had to be at the port at 6am latest to pick up our ferry tickets.
The Piraeus port is far away from downtown Athens so be aware of the travel distance from downtown to the port. We were so lucky though, Anastasia’s father was super friendly and drove us to the port. If we didn’t have a ride to the port we would have paid a good amount of money for a 40 min taxi ride. We could have also take public transportation and It would have take us around 90 min to arrive to Piraeus port, so thank you very much to Anastasia’s father.
Once we arrived at the port we picked up our tickets and started boarding on time with “Seajets“. The tickets from Piraeus port (Athens) to Mykonos town costed 65 euros for a two and a half hours trip. We could have pay around 40 euros with other ferry companies but we didn’t want to be on a ferry for five hours. We arrived to Mykonos at 9:30am making our trip a total of 4 hours since we left the house in Athens. (The same amount of time as if we would have taken a plane but cheaper)
Special thanks to my friend Anastasia for showing us the best of her city in 24 hours. By the way Anastasia is the former Miss Universe Greece 2013, how cool is that?
Thank you very much for reading my blog post and if you like it please check out more about my Greek experience in Mykonos and Santorini.
If you want to share with us your favorite spots in Athens please comment below!