The romantic side of Athens

Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Athens is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway with your special someone.

Start your day with some pampering at Wellness Suite, the spa of Scale Suites, a Luxury & Wellness Residence in the Athenian Riviera. For those who book a 60 or 90 minute massage or facial treatment at Wellness Suite, through the Wellness Treatment Menu, Scale Suites offers full day use of one their luxurious apartments, completely free. Now that’s the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day! All treatments are powered by ELEMIS, the #1 Luxury British Skincare Brand.

Following a relaxing pampering session, you are now ready to make the most out of your day. You can experience the ‘green side’ of Athens right at the heart of the city centre, minutes away from Syntagma square. Visit the National Garden of Athens (formerly the Royal Garden), commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838. It has a romantic and nostalgic atmosphere with scenic paths and elements of the neoclassic Athens, with some remains of the ancient palace and statues of famous poets and artists. In addition to a wide variety of plants, the garden also features a small zoo and a pond.

For nature enthusiasts wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, an increasingly popular destination is the Diomedes Botanic Garden, a green wonderland spanning 460 acres west of Athens, in Haidari. It is Southeastern Europe’s largest botanical garden, with over 3,000 plant species, ranging from passion flowers and lavender to Luisa and thyme. There is also a section dedicated to Greek history, like the sacred myrtle of Aphrodite and the symbolic Greek olive tree. It offers great walking paths and recreation areas for a romantic evening.

After an intense day of walking, have a little treat at Petite Fleur in Kolonaki, a cosy café with a unique retro feel. It is popular amongst locals for its signature chocolate drinks and sweets like the chocolate and lemon tarts. Be prepared for a bit of waiting, as the place is typically busy. Petite Fleur uses for all chocolate drinks the premium French Valrhona chocolate, made in the small town of Tain L ‘Hermitage in France since 1922.

Before dinner, visit the Lycabettus Hill to enjoy some of the most spectacular views of Athens. Standing 277 meters above sea level, Lycabettus Hill is the highest point of Athens. Besides the amazing views of the Acropolis and Parthenon, the views reach all the way to the sea and nearby islands. Make sure to stick around for the stunning sunset. A café / restaurant operates on Lycabettus Hill where you can enjoy the beautiful views with a drink or snack (but make sure to keep your appetite for dinner).

Because the views of Athens are never enough, experience dinner at the St George Lycabettus hotel (very short distance from the Lycabettus Hill), with more breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the Athens skyline. Located on the hotel’s 6th floor, the all-day fine dining restaurant serves modern Mediterranean and Greek aromatic cuisine. Reservations are strongly recommended. For those who want to keep on going, there are plenty of bars in the old town, in Monastiraki and Plaka. Great choices include the roof top bars like A for Athens, The Zillers and 360.

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