Athens is a fantastic off-season destination. From traditional tavernas to world-class restaurants, boutique hotels, rejuvenating spas, art galleries, historical monuments and outdoor activities, Athens is ideal for all tastes and ages. Here’s our guide to 5 cool things to do in Athens in winter.
5 Cool Things to Do in Athens on your City Break
1. Discover the Greek wine trails
Greek wineries are nestled among beautiful mountain slopes renowned for their rich traditions and diverse history. Wine lovers can embark on a half- or full-day tour exploring some of the best Greek wine trails situated just a little over an hour’s drive from Athens.
The birthplace of the god of wine Dionysos — Greece prides itself for the ancient winemaking techniques and the secret ingredients of its fertile soil. Over the years, Greek wines have gained world-class recognition.
2. Cape Sounion Sunset Experience
One of the most epic experiences not to be missed during your Athens city break is watching the magical sunset from the renowned Temple of Poseidon. Spend the afternoon driving along the coastal road which leads to the southernmost tip of the Attica region, passing by the resort towns of the Athenian Riviera.
3. Get pampered at a Hammam in Plaka
When you need an escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, sign up for a few hours of bliss at a Turkish Hammam in the heart of Plaka. Situated at the foot of the Acropolis overlooking the city of Athens, this spot is known for restoring your mood and well-being. After a rejuvenating treatment enjoy tea and sweet delights with breathtaking views of the Acropolis as a backdrop.
4. Dinner and drinks with an Acropolis view
Athens has stellar restaurants and bars offering captivating 360-degree views of the Acropolis and the Athenian skyline.
Elegant, hip and modern, the rooftop bars and restaurants serve exceptional menus and eclectic cocktails. Some great options include the landmark restaurant Dionysos, to elegant Zonar’s to the lively Galaxy Bar and Restaurant.
5. Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center
Athens has recently won the award for Best Emerging Culture City of the Year, presented by the Leading Culture Destinations Awards (LCDA).
One of the newest jewels added to the Athenian cultural scene is the state-of-the-art Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center which hosts an exquisite selection of educational and cultural events for both adults and children. The expansive public park, visitor center and art gallery are an absolute must-visit when in Athens.
We hope that our guide to the 5 cool things to do in Athens in winter will inspire you to book your next Athens City Break sooner than planned. Combine your trip to Greece with a stop-over in Athens before you escape to our Villa Hurmuses on Mykonos.