Crystal clear water, cliffs lined with bright white and blue homes and sunsets so beautiful you think you’re dreaming. It’s safe to say that everywhere you look in Greece is picturesque. This is a country that my husband and I have talked about visiting for years, and it’s definitely one that I recommend putting on your travel list. The people were kind, the sights were breathtaking and the flavors of the food were spectacular.
We began our trip with one day and night in Athens with a mission in mind: see the Acropolis. It’s one of the most iconic historical sites in the world, so to be standing in the ancient citadel next to buildings like the Parthenon was surreal. It’s said to be the place where democracy began. The Acropolis was also known as the center of Ancient Greece. The majestic entranceway to the Acropolis, known as Propylaia, was mesmerizing. It’s full of grand white marble steps and towering columns. Nearby you can also see an ancient theater, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, built in AD 161, the Temple of Athena Nike, and other historical sites. Just make sure to dress for warm weather if you’re visiting in the summer because it’s very hot on top of the hill. Also be sure to wear shoes that have a strong grip because the steps you climb to get to the top are very slippery.
We worked up an appetite so we headed to one of the most famous vegan restaurants in Athens, Avocado. It was delicious! Between the fresh guacamole, crispy tofu, lemongrass veggie stir fry, and juices and smoothies, I was in heaven! Athens is a city that is very vegan-friendly which was exciting to discover. After lunch, we visited the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. It hosted the first ever Olympics, which is why this spot is so famous. At night, we met our friends who happened to also be visiting Greece for a delicious dinner at The Albion. The manager, Christina, created an entire customized vegan dinner for us. The hospitality and ambiance were unmatched. We called it a night to get ready for our journey to Mykonos in the morning.
After a two and a half hour high-speed ferry ride, we arrived in sunny Mykonos. Our hotel, the Semeli, was in the center of town which was perfect for walking through all the action. The thing to do in Mykonos is to pick out a different beach club each day where you swim, have lunch and relax (or sometimes dance) all day long. Some must-visit beach clubs when you are in Mykonos are Principote, Nammos, and Scorpio. While the days are pretty zen, at night the beach clubs turn into actual clubs so you better be ready to put on your party hat!
Of course we found our vegan spots in Mykonos like Bowl, which is a trendy spot full of local, organic, healthy foods. Their grain bowls, smoothies and juices were unreal! I also became hooked on fava, a popular local dip made from white beans. The manager of The Albion in Athens invited us to their other restaurant, Farma, when she knew we were heading to Mykonos. She gave us yet another incredibly special dinner at this farm-to-table restaurant in the quiet countryside of the island. Christina created another custom vegan menu and joined us for dinner as we sipped local rosé and learned about each others lives. It was a beautiful night that is one of my favorite memories of the entire trip.
The last stop on our trip was the picturesque Santorini. Within five minutes of being on the island, I realized why it’s one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. It’s calm and quiet, in contrast to the party scene of Mykonos. Everywhere you look screams romance. The Andronis properties on the island are spectacular. With views overlooking the Aegean Sea and a staff that couldn’t be more welcoming, it was the perfect spot to catch up on some rest and relaxation after the busy first half of the trip. In Santorini you spend the days at different infinity pools and the nights trying different local restaurants. On the final day, we took a boat around the entire island that stopped at the hot springs near the underwater volcano and near the red rock and white sand beach before watching sunset from the water.
Greece was a trip full of many wonderful memories. We celebrated life with friends in Athens and Mykonos, and had a special getaway in Santorini. I’ll never stop craving seeing the world, and to do that with my love, well, that’s just priceless. ❤️