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. That means you will find better accommodation deals! Today I’ve rounded up 5 Greek cities ideal for a weekend escape. I have 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!
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Shop: Ermou is the busiest shopping street in Athens and a pretty central one, so it’s difficult to avoid! If you’re into luxury shopping you can visit Kolonaki and especially Voukourestiou street.
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
Related: The essential guide to Thessaloniki
Walk: Along the 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!
Related: Foodie Guide to Thessaloniki
Heraklion has become my “adopted” hometown the past 3 years since my husband is from Crete. I even got married there in beautiful and unique church!
Visit: you can start from the Archeological Museum which is the city center. Then venture out to Knossos, which is just 6km far from the city.Here you’ll visit King Minos Palace. This visit isideal for first timers and people who haven’t visited for ages. Also check out Saint Titus Church (ehm, the one I was telling you above!)
Walk: Around the old port. Αlong the promenade. Αlong 25th August pedestrian street. Ιn the old market
Shop: Dedalou and Kalokairinou streets are the obvious choices here!
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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. Jason sailed along with the Argonauts to Colchis to retrieve the Golden Fleece. I prefer Volos as a gateway to Mount Pilio (where the Centaurs used to inhabit).
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.