Spring is an ideal season for weekend breaks in Greece. The days are longer, the weather is mild, and the trees are blooming. Bonus: the cities are not crowded from tourists, which mean you’ll probably get better accommodation deals! Today I’ve rounded up 5 Greek cities ideal for a weekend escape and rounded up tips on what to do once you get there (visit, walk, shop and eat)!
Well, a proper city break guide for Greece should start with the capital right? (*cough, cough*), which happens to be my hometown as well!
Shop: Ermou is the busiest shopping street in Athens and a pretty central one, so it’s difficult to avoid! If you’re looking for luxury shopping you can visit Kolonaki and especially Voukourestiou street.
P.S. You can find more inspiration on things to do on my other blog Aspects of Athens!
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city. It’s built along Thermaikos Gulf, which means one thing: a killer promenade for (romantic) walks.
Visit: Byzantine Museum, TV tower (for the view), the White Tower by the promenade
Walk: Along the aforementioned promenade, Tsimiski street for window shopping, Aristotelous square for pigeon “hunting”
Shop: Thessaloniki has a really “rich” shopping center and you can find a cool store in the most unexpected places. My favorite streets are Tsikimiski, Proxenou Koromila and Mitropoleos
Eat: Make your way to Ladadika neighborhood which is filled with interesting restaurants. I also like Kitchen Bar by the port (the view is amazing) as well as the cafe/bar of Byzantine Museum for a drink!
Visit: Archeological Museum, Knosos archaeological site which is just 6km far from the city and you’ll get to visit King Minos palace (ideal for first timers and people who haven’t visited for ages, like me!), Saint Titus church (ehm, the one I was telling you above!)
Walk: Around the old port, along the promenade, along 25th August pedestrian street, in the old market
Shop: Dedalou and Kalokairinou streets are the obvious choices here!
Nafplio is just 2 hours ride, south of Athens, which makes it a very popular destination among Athenians. Some trivia: Nafplio was Greece’s first capital after it was liberated from the Ottoman Empire. It has a very well preserved old town, which is a marvel to walk at.
Visit: Palamidi Castle up on the mountain, for wonderful view over the city
Walk: Around the old town, along the promenade
Shop: the cobblestone streets Amalias&Othonos and Vasileos Konstantinou are full of lovely stores
Eat: Vasilis tavern on Staikopoulou street, Koustenis on Vasileos Konstantinou street for ice cream
Related: Day Trip to Nafplio
Volos is a 4 hour drive north of Athens, on the way to Thessaloniki. It’s the hometown (then named Iolkos) of the legendary Jason, who along with the Argonauts sailed to Colchis to retrieve the Golden Fleece. I prefer Volos as a gateway to Mount Pilio (where the Kentaurs used to inhabit), so I cheat a little bit with this suggestion
Visit: Mount Pilio and especially Markinitsa, Portaria and Milies.
Walk: Along the promenade or in the cobblestone shopping streets.
Shop: Ermou street is one of the most popular shopping streets in Volos.
Eat: You’ll find a lot of restaurants along the promenade. Volos is famous for a particular (shot) drink called Tsipouro, which you will find in all these restaurants. My favorite one is Monosandalos and it’s located near Agios Konstantinos church.
So, which are your “spring break” ideal destinations?