Summer in the heart of Athens: top tips for city lovers.

Athens is a great city, especially during summer! With the city emptying out, as the locals head towards the admittedly fantastic Greek islands, Athens reveals itself as a true gem: easy-going atmosphere, relaxed lifestyle, cool people, minimal traffic, easily accessible sites, and more time to discover small, unexpected oases.

Start your day early to watch the impressive changing of the guards in front of the Hellenic Parliament at Syntagma Square.

When that’s done head over to the nearby Benaki Museum of Greek Culture – not only home to an incredible collection but also to an excellent café on a shaded terrace overlooking the National Gardens, the green lung of Athens. Continue to the elegant neighborhood of Kolonaki with an amazing array of stores, cafés, bars and restaurants. End your walk at the Numismatic Museum, residence to the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, and enjoy a delicious cold coffee in the small garden café, a true oasis in downtown Athens.

On your second day, explore the famous old city of Athens (Plaka)!

After an early morning hike up the Acropolis, pay a visit to impressive new Acropolis Museum, where you could take a break at the museum cafe to enjoy the stunning view of the Acropolis, and then discover the vibrant Plaka with its small shops, tavernas and cafés.

In the afternoon, it’s definitely time to cool off! Head towards the beaches at the southern suburbs of Athens and dive into the sea or, if you are more adventurous, continue to Cape Sounion and enjoy your dip in the sea with the amazing view of the Temple of Poseidon! End your day on a romantic note, watching the golden sunset over the Aegean.