🇬🇷🇬🇷 Discover the Charm of Athens in April 🇬🇷🇬🇷


🌞 Embrace the vibrant atmosphere of Athens in April! From 9 to 19 degrees, our weather journey was unpredictable. But with a stroke of luck, sunshine blessed our days occasionally sprinkled with gentle rain. 

Ditching taxis and metros, we opted for strolls, averaging 20k steps daily. Walking ensured we got all of Athens’ marvels and allowed us to immerse ourselves in its enchanting ambience.


As the capital city, Athens was at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilisation and empire. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the collonaded Parthenon temple. This historical city has just over 3 million inhabitants.


I wanted a cost-effective way to see the beautiful sites of Athens, my first ever visit, and I came across this website called Tiqets. We didn’t buy a combined ticket for other sites as we wanted to ‘play it by ear’ with what the teenagers wanted to do.


With two teenagers in tow, we ensured our hotels served breakfast until 11.00 am; it’s hard to get them started in the morning! We would then set off for our day’s excursion at about noon, returning to the hotel at 4.30 pm to drop them off as they wanted to do ‘homework’, and Tom and I would pop out again and meet them for supper at about 8.30 pm.


We are a family of foodies, and we all love trying different cuisines; it’s a top priority when deciding where to go on holiday. We are lucky our children LOVE to experiment and try new things, so we tend to eat the local cuisine in the city or country. However, the teenagers occasionally snuck in the odd burger, chips, or pizza!



Athens accommodation

Inn Athens

I highly recommend this hotel located in Plaka’s safe and trendy neighbourhood. The rooms are lovely, and the breakfast is utterly delicious. As well as a great buffet, there’s a menu of specials; we loved the vegan tacos, white omelette and open pastrami sandwich. Here’s a link to an article about the hotel in The Telegraph.



Things to do

With so many unique historical sites, museums, parks etc., we made sure we saw and did things that all the family would enjoy, as too many historical sites would have pushed my teenagers over the edge!


We booked online for Acropolis tickets from Tiqets, and they also do combined tickets for other historical sites. The prices are competitive, and tickets are emailed so you can have them scanned at the sites.


Not mentioned in guidebooks, but a friend tipped me off; the Mount Lycabettus funicular was worthwhile. The cost is €10 each (up and down), and the views at the top were breathtaking. There is also a cafe for drinks at the top, which we didn’t visit.




Places to eat

Too numerous to mention, and we found the portions were huge! So between the four of us, two starters and two mains worked well. If the teens were still hungry, we ordered more (and dessert), but I loathe wasting food! Most restaurants are mid-range, with one splash-out meal as a treat. The salads, vegetables, fish dishes, dips and grilled meats were sensational, and we ate some fantastic meals. I have only listed cafes and restaurants that we gave 8 out of 10 and above!


For stunning views of the Acropolis at night, a cocktail and ambient house music, head to A for Athens rooftop restaurant. We arrived at the restaurant at 10.30 pm due to a late landing at Athens airport, and we all ordered a salad for a starter as we weren’t that hungry. They were huge and delicious too.


We had lunch on the terrace of the Acropolis Museum café, which had lovely views of the Acropolis.


Psaras Tavern one of the oldest in Athens, had the most delicious taramasalata and grilled meat and fish.


For €18 each, Tom and I did wine tasting at Brettos; excellent selection of wines, and it’s only until 6 pm.


We had a cheeky drink (and snack) at Ydria a Greek restaurant. It was relaxed and informal, and the teens loved it.


By the glass next door to our hotel Inn Athens, for a delicious supper. However, at lunchtime, it’s very quiet and not much atmosphere. Better in the evening.


Dopios was another family favourite – great atmosphere, service and food. We sat outside under heaters. My only criticism is the Greek music was playing far too loud and detracted from the meal’s enjoyment.


A cocktail at the luxurious Hotel Grande Bretagne is a must. It’s so beautiful and takes you back to bygone days. After an €87 million makeover in 2004, it’s no surprise it has earned its place as one of the world’s best hotels where the rich and famous come to stay.


Other things I loved about Athens

The cats! I’m a cat lover, and there are many in Athens. They do beg at the table in restaurants but are friendly enough.


I loved the temperature in April, though the low twenties would have been ideal. Nevertheless, I would not want to be here in the sweltering heat, so avoid July and August; there is no shade at most historical sites.


Beautiful jacaranda trees everywhere.


It’s a lovely city to see on foot. You might need a taxi or Metro if you’re going further afield. You can get to most places on foot in 30-40 minutes. It’s €46 flat fare from the airport into central Athens.


The Athenians are friendly and helpful and are super proud of their city.


Our neighbourhood, Plaka, felt very safe, especially walking back to our hotel at midnight.


Let me know if you’re planning a visit to this wonderful city. Here’s a video to show you what I wore for this Easter break. I’ve also written a blog on Hydra, where we stayed for two nights on this trip.



Here are ten things you might enjoy doing while visiting Athens in April as mid-lifers:

  1. Explore the Acropolis: A visit to Athens would only be complete with exploring the iconic Acropolis. 
  2. Visit the Acropolis Museum: Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of ancient Greek history and culture at the Acropolis Museum. Its artefacts and exhibitions are not just fascinating, but also a window into our shared human heritage.
  3. Stroll through Plaka: The charming neighbourhood of Plaka, with its narrow streets, neoclassical architecture, and quaint cafes, is perfect for strolls and soaking in the local atmosphere.
  4. Indulge in Greek Cuisine: Greek cuisine is renowned for its freshness and flavour. I remember trying the most delicious moussaka at a local taverna in Athens. It was a culinary experience I’ll never forget. I highly recommend trying authentic Greek dishes like moussaka, souvlaki, and Greek salads at local tavernas or restaurants.
  5. Take a Cooking Class: For those who love to cook or want to learn more about Greek cuisine, taking a cooking class in Athens can be a fun and educational experience. Learn to prepare traditional dishes using fresh, local ingredients.
  6. Enjoy a Sunset at Lycabettus Hill: Lycabettus Hill offers panoramic views of Athens, which are stunning at sunset. Enjoy a leisurely hike to the top or take the funicular for breathtaking views.
  7. Shop at Monastiraki Flea Market: The Monastiraki Flea Market is a bustling bazaar where you can find everything from antiques to souvenirs. You’ll enjoy browsing the stalls for unique finds and soaking in the vibrant atmosphere.
  8. Relax at a Traditional Hammam: After a day of sightseeing, treat yourself to a rejuvenating hammam experience. Let the soothing baths, massages, and spa treatments wash away your fatigue, leaving you refreshed and ready for more adventures.
  9. Attend a Greek Dance Performance: Experience the beauty and energy of Greek dance by attending a live performance in Athens. Watching Greek dance, whether traditional folk dances or contemporary interpretations, can be a memorable cultural experience.
  10. Take a Day Trip to Cape Sounion: Just a short drive from Athens, Cape Sounion is home to the stunning Temple of Poseidon. It’s a picturesque coastal area where they can explore ancient ruins and enjoy breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.


Finally, none of this holiday was gifted.

Anita xxx






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