Published on January 30th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN ATHENS
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Athens is one of the oldest cities in Europe (it’s been inhabited continuously for 7000 years). It’s also the birthplace of Western philosophy and literature, the Olympic Games, democracy, political science, some major mathematical principles, and Western theories of comedy and tragedy. SUCH a show off.
9am Ascend the daunting cliffs to Santorini’s capital, Fira. Cable car is a pretty sweet way to travel – the views are ridiculous. Have a little wander, meet the local dogs and try your hand at souvenir shopping.
11am Make your way to Oia by bus, cab or car to enjoy some quintessential Greek postcard views (seriously, THE postcard – you know that picture you see of Greece on the wall of every cheap ‘Mediterranean’ beach house with the blue domed church and whitewashed buildings bla bla? Well, it exists, and it’s located in Oia) and a more chilled vibe. Meander along the cliff-side walkways; take some appropriately smug photos, generally love life.
1pm Make your way down the 300 steps from Oia to Ammoudi and hunt down Dimitris, one of many waterfront fish Tavernas. These guys have the freshest fish and friendliest peeps, definitely the place to feast and enjoy a few cold beers.
3pm Drag yourself away from lunch to the little village of Imerovigl. Wander the cobbled streets then settle down for a drink while the sun sets. Imerovigli may be quiet but it has the best sunset views on the island. Shhhh, don’t tell the others.
8pm Party time. Head from quiet village life back to pumping Fira for the best clubs and after-dark happenings. There are also restaurants and cafes and ice cream if you fancy, because eating is definitely not cheating when you’re in Greece.