So, as I promised – here is part two of my little getaway to Athens.
I left off at a lovely little trip up Mount Lycabettus, which has an incredible panoramic view over the city and out to the ocean.
And the ocean is where we were headed the next day. Mum & Dad had asked me to plan a little itinerary for our trip, and I wanted to include a trip to an island. Obviously the famous ones such as Santorini, Mykonos or Crete are too far away for a day trip, so we decided on something a bit closer.
But first – coffee! Upon recommendation from a Greek girl I’d flown with, we found a hotel called A for Athens, which has a gorgeous outdoor rooftop terrace. We sat outside in the sunshine, admiring the wonderful view of the Parthenon.
As it was a Sunday morning, the Monastiraki flea market was on. We decided to have a stroll around the market and saw so many antiques and wonderful quirky things for sale.
Not to mention piles and piles full of delicious fresh fruit! We couldn’t resist and picked up some strawberries to take with us on the boat.
After a good stroll around the flea market (and with limited luggage space, we resisted buying anything!) it was time to head out to the port, Piraeus. The metro was the easiest option, and within 20 minutes we were out by the sea.
We’d already got our tickets, so found our boat and got ready to explore the island of Aegina! It was only about a 40 minute ride on the hydrofoil, but even short rides make me feel sea-sick so I closed my eyes for most of the boat ride. (Lucky I work on planes and not boats!)
Once we arrived we stepped out into beautiful sunshine, and a pretty little port full of lovely boats.
We strolled around, taking in all the sights, and trying to work out how best to see all of the island. We spotted signs for car hire, and decided upon renting a car to drive to some of the further away sights.
Dad navigated and soon we were at the top of the island, at another ancient temple, the Temple of Aphaea.
As it’s located right at the highest point of the island, the view was incredible! It did get a little chilly though, as the sun decided to hide behind some clouds.
Even in the remote parts of the island, there are still churches to be found!
We drove back down, stopping to admire the pretty little beaches dotted along the way. I can imagine that they are even nicer in summer when it’s hot and sunny!
There was just time for a coffee by the port to warm ourselves up before the boat trip back. We had to take a slightly longer ferry back, so the sun was already set when we arrived back in Athens.
The night before Dad and I had discovered a lovely little restaurant not too far from our hotel, serving the freshest fish and tasty Greek mezze. Since we liked it so much, we decided to go back again!
The next day, our last morning, we had a few hours to explore before we had to head off to the airport. One area we hadn’t had a chance to see was the Plaka district.
It’s a beautiful little area full of winding cobbled streets, boutique shops, and local restaurants. The spring blossoms were out everywhere and we had a lovely time getting lost in the tiny streets.
There was just time for one final cappuccino freddo, and to write our postcards, before heading back to the hotel to pack up our bags and go.
It was most certainly a lovely way to end our final day in the beautiful city of Athens!
Of course I couldn’t end this post without saying a big thank you to Mum & Dad for inviting me along on holiday! 🙂