Cruise Part 1: Athens
Arriving in Athens
Flying from London we started our holiday adventure at Athens international airport. From here we wanted to take a taxi direct to our accommodation as it was late – although you can get public transport easily from the airport on the metro.
Being the organised sort I had read about an app called TAXIBEAT. Similar to Uber you can request a driver and watch them arrive, with number plate info and ratings. With our luggage, we headed to the P1 parking area as this is the best place to wait for pickups.
Our driver, Vasilis, was great – his English was brilliant and we chatted all the way into the city centre. He gave us a very informative journey, telling us lots of historical facts about Athens and the greek language. When I exclaimed I didn’t know any greek, he laughed and said I knew about 6,000 greek words. Like ‘lyric’, ‘olympian’ and ‘galaxy’. What a great first person to meet!
I would definitely recommend using this app – it was very useful when we were out and about around Athens. It also makes is easy for you to type in your destination rather than possibly struggling to tell a driver. And it means you don’t have to negotiate a fare or have the cash on you – like Uber it comes directly from your bank account through the app.
Tip: Download the app at at home and set up and account so you are ready to start using it as soon as you land.
The journey time was 45mins and cost 45€ (including tolls etc).
I made a fantastic booking through Air BnB – even if I do say so myself! The apartment was everything we needed and as an added bonus we were pleasantly surprised by the bars and restaurants we were literally on top of (see below tips). Two minutes from the door we found great food and we were happily within walking distance of all the activities we wanted as well as the metro stop Thissio.
The beautiful terrace was full of greenery which I love! And the interior was cool and modern.
It was my parents’ first experience of Air Bnb – if you haven’t tried it before use my discount code on the right sidebar for £20 off your first stay.
Sunset dinner with a view
Completely by chance, we came across a real gem of a restaurant right near to our apartment. From downstairs it looked like a nightclub but when we stopped to chat to the waiter outside he told us about the rooftop. I was sold! Many stairs later, we came out to this incredible view.
And not only that, the owner was so charming and the food was the most delicious we had in Athens.
Be sure to swing by this place for dinner, you can’t knock the view and the Tzatziki was so creamy it was the best I’ve ever tasted.
Adnvá roof garden restaurant Sin Athina (Irakleidon 2, Thisio)
By night, the Acropolis and Parthenon are well lit so they can be seen from all over the city, making for a perfect picture.
The previous night we also ate nearby at Lontos (Apostolou Pavlou, 35) and has some tasty Souvlaki and a Mythos beer. Another recommendation for the area.
Check out my other posts on Athens below and come back soon for the next installment of my Cruise series.