I highly recommend the breakfast buffet, along with ordering the French Toast. It is AMAZING!! I couldn’t believe I was eating breakfast while gazing at the famous Acropolis. This was a place I’d only dreamed about seeing and then I got to eat breakfast with it casually in my view!
Kappari is an outstanding place to grab authentic Greek food. This salad with strawberry, mastelo cheese and a honey balsamic dressing was fabulous. These fried meatballs with Haloumi cheese, honey mustard dressing and a mint, dill yogurt sauce were delicious!
However, it was the Manouri cheese in a pie crust with honey and sesame that was my absolute favorite! This is a MUST try. I promise you won’t regret it. There will be attempts to recreate this one at home!!
Go early enough to grab a drink and watch an incredible sunset with the Acropolis in view!
Then have yummy appetizers…
and if you are a sushi eater, try their sushi! I got the Tokyo Roll and the Double Salmon Roll (minus the cucumber
Head out to the terrace once more after dinner to see the Acropolis all lit up at night. It’s so pretty!!
WHAT TO SEE
Explore the Acropolis
TheOdeon is located just under the Acropolis. Built in the 2nd century AD in memory of Tiberius’ wife, it was used as a concert venue.
TheErechtheion is a temple that was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon.
On one side of the Erechtheion is thePorch of the Caryatids. It features 6 female figures as the columns.
Arguably, the most iconic building on the Acropolis is theParthenon. It was built starting in 447 BC and was dedicated to Athena. As you can see, it is under construction and from what I understand, has been for a little while now.
It was truly an amazing sight to see!
Equally amazing is this view from the Acropolis! It was just stunning!
SeeMars Hillwhich is the Roman name for the Hill of Ares (or the Aeropagus). The Greek mythology significance is this is where the Greek god of war (Ares) stood trial for killing Poseidon’s son. The Biblical significance is this is where Paul delivered one of his most important gospel sermons addressing Greek idolatry.
Walk through theAgoraand don’t miss theTemple of Hephaestusup on the hill. It is a beautiful temple in the Doric style architecture.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
TheTemple of Olympian Zeus dates back to 174 BC and has extremely tall columns. Because of these columns, it was considered to be one of the largest temples built in the ancient world.
ThePanathenaic Stadium is the only stadium in the world made entirely of marble. It was the host of the opening and closing ceremonies for the first modern Olympics in 1896. It was also used as an Olympic venue for the 2004 Games in Athens. This is where the finish line is for the Athens Classic Marathon as well as where Greece holds the ceremony to hand over the Olympic flame to the host nation.
Witness The Changing Of The Guards
Be sure to catch theChanging of the Guardsin Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) which faces the Greek Parliament.
The Evzone guards change every hour, but on Sundays at 11:00am, they do the official ceremony complete with the official costumes and you don’t want to miss it!
Walk Down Pittaki Street
This charming little alley way was once dim and dark until Athenians decided to clean out lamps and chandeliers from their own houses along with shopping for quirky antiques as well. Now it’s an alley worth walking down to see all of its personality!
Walk through Athens’ oldest and one of its nicest neighborhoods,Plaka. It has charming streets and restaurants with a whole lot of personality! I loved the “Where is my mind?” sign I found while walking around!
Plaka is located right below the Acropolis. ThePlaka Marketis where you will come across the most unique finds and the perfect souvenirs as well as some of the finest shopping on the famous Ermou Street.
For a neat photo opportunity, go toPhilopappos Hilland look back at the Acropolis.