[Travel As A Couple] Romantic Greece
κλείνω τα μάτια μου και βλέπω το πρόσωπό σου I close my eyes and see your face.
Let's embark on a romantic getaway to Greece.
Greece is undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations on earth. Being the top hotspot among honeymooners, Greece has it all living up to romantic expectations. The breathtaking beaches for sunset watching and the picturesque towns for a romantic hand-in-hand afternoon stroll, every step you take in Greece makes a romantic remark. With an exciting spread of authentic food and a plethora of historic sites to visit, there is never a dull moment you spend with your loved one in Greece.
Sometimes, the struggle could be between buying air ticket from a third-party ticketing websites (which usually offer lower price) OR from the official airline website (often at a higher price, but the after sales service is guaranteed).
Our advice is to play safe. If the airfare isn't much of a difference, we would definitely purchase the tickets from official websites. In that case, we know our rights as consumers are protected, in any circumstance.
The IATA code for Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is ATH.
FROM ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO CITY CENTRE
Transportation network between Athens International Airport and city centre is straightforward and simple. There are three easy ways to get to the city centre:
Take Metro Line 3 (Aghia Marina – Douk. Plakentias - Athens International Airport), which connects the Athens airport with the city centre. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The trip duration from/to the Airport to Syntagma station (city centre) is approximately 40 minutes.
Check here for metro timetables from/to airport.
2. Express Buses
Express Bus services are available. Depending on your destination, the bus routes connect directly the Athens (city centre) and Piraeus (port) with the Athens International Airport. Buses run on a non-stop basis seven days a week, including holidays (24/7 operation). All buses disembark passengers at the Departures Level (inbound trips to airport) and depart from the Arrivals Level (outbound trips from airport).
1. Info/ticket kiosk (located outside the Arrivals between Exits 4 and 5) 2. Onboard (at no extra cost)
Χ93 : Kifissos KTEL (long-distance buses) Station – Airport (Direct Connection to the intercity bus (KTEL) terminals KIFISOS and LIOSION.)
X95 : Syntagma – Airport (Direct Connection to Syntagma Square at Athens city centre.)
Χ96 : Piraeus – Airport (Direct Connection to Piraeus central passenger port terminals.)
Χ97 : Eliniko Metro Station – Airport (Direct Connection to ELLINIKO metro station.)
Taxis are available at designated Taxi waiting area (Exit 3, Arrivals Level).
Costs (flat rate):
€35 from 5:00 a.m. to midnight;
€50 from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
Rate includes all applicable surcharges and extras.
MOVING AROUND ATHENS
Moving around Athens is relatively easy with its extensive public transportation network. Most sightseeing spots are fairly centralised and easily accessible with the public transportation. The route map below shows the network of buses/trolleys, trams, suburban rails, and metro.
For ticketing and timetables information, read this.
ABOUT TRAVELLING TO SANTORINI & MYKONOS
From Athens to Santorini
There are more than 20 flights per day from Athens to Santorini in the summer months. In winter, frequency is reduced to 2 or 3 flights per day.
Departure airport: ATH - Athens International Airport
Arrival airport: JTR - Santorini International Airport (10 minutes from the town of Fira)
Flight duration: 45 minutes
Cost: MYR160 - MYR720
[Olympic recently bought Aegean and you can book flights for either airline on both websites (and at the same price)]
During the summer months, there are more than 6 ferries per day from Athens to Santorini.
Departure port: Piraeus Ferry Port (20 minutes by train outside of central Athens) Arrival port: Anthinios Ferry Port (15 minutes from the town of Fira)
Costs: 40€ to 80€
Duration: Blue Star Ferries - around 8 hours (comfortable ride)
*If you're worried about seasickness, do opt for Blue Star Ferries*
Most ferries rarely sell out. However, if you absolutely must be on a specific ferry on a specific day and time, it is advisable to buy in advance online.*
If you want to compare prices and timetables of ferries, do check out FerryHopper.com.
From Santorini to Mykonos
Most years, there are around 4 to 5 weekly flights between Santorini and Mykonos (April to mid October). Some years, there is only 1 weekly flight. Some years, there's no direct flight between the two islands. Therefore, it is advisable to check in advance for flight tickets. Usually, flight schedules come out in December or January and sell out quickly.
If flight is your only choice, you may also consider flying via Athens, which takes about 4 hours in total travel time.
Ferry schedules change every year but usually there are direct ferries between Mykonos and Santorini from April to October. From November to March you’ll need to ferry or fly via Athens to get between the two islands. To check the latest ferry schedules and updates, do visit FerryHopper.com.
ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS
Athens is a storied capital filled with surprises. Here are a few suggestions on the romantic things to do with your loved one in Athens.
(From top left to bottom right):
2. Monastiraki neighbourhood
3. Temple of Poseidon (taking a day trip)
4. Plaka neighbourhood
ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN SANTORINI
Who would disagree with the statement of "Santorini is the most romantic island one can ever hope for"? Now that you have found someone you love, why not escalating the romanticism between you both by soaking yourselves in the postcard-perfect island-scape of Santorini? Find yourself in these romantic activities in Santorini:
(From top left to bottom right):
1. Wander around the town of Fira
2. Boat tour to Volcano and Thirassia
4. Marvel at the beauty of alleys in Oia
5. Romantic dinner at patio overlooking caldera
6. Sunset in Oia
If you need to rent a car to drive around Santorini, do visit Santorini Car Rental.
ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN MYKONOS
Mykonos is an adorable island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Although well-known for its party atmosphere during summer months, Mykonos has so much more to offer to romanticism-seeking couples or even honeymooners.
(From top left to bottom right):
1. Wander around the town of Mykonos
2. The Windmills (Kato Milli)
3. Dinner at Little Venice
4. Look for pelicans!
5. Beach time (or even beach-hopping)
WHERE TO STAY?
1. Electra Metropolis
Address: Mitropoleos 15, Athina 105 57, Greece
Phone: +30 21 4100 6200
2. Royal Olympic Hotel
Address: Athanasiou Diakou 28, Athina 117 43, Greece
Phone: +30 21 0928 8400
Address: Nik. Nomikou (Main Street), Oía 847 02, Greece
Phone: +30 2286 071401
2. Lilium Hotel Santorini
Address: Fira, Thira 847 00, Greece
Phone: +30 2286 025333
1. Poseidon Hotel Suites
Address: Axioti 310, Mikonos 846 00, Greece
Phone: +30 2289 022437
2. Ilio Maris
Address: Despotika, Mýkonos City, 84600, Greece
Phone: +30 2289 023755
Valentine's Day is just a few days away. If you're looking for ideas to surprise your loved one, or you're planning to make this year's Valentine's Day extra special, a romantic getaway to Greece a "Yes" to all.