Although born in Greece’s 2nd biggest city, Thessaloniki, in Macedonia, I’ve spent most of my life in Athens, traveling Europe and the Near East, and studying in Italy and the UK. I’m currently a Tourist Guide but I also act and write. (No, I’m not famous… yet!)
Since my job requires a lot of walking and of lot of sights, I usually do more easy-going stuff, like enjoying a coffee/drink with friends in the rapidly developing area of Peristeri (Peristeri Station, red metro line) where you can find a different crowd than the one hanging out in the centre, the actual Athenians, as no tourists ever set foot here. It’s also good for shopping.
You would think that I would be fed up of the Acropolis and the old town, Plaka, but you would be mistaken… A walk among the ancient ruins and the early 20th-century houses of the rich inhabitants of the capital always holds surprises and various calm spots for coffee and a meal away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Going on a walk on the nearby hills of the Nymphs or the Muses definitely does the trick too and offers breathtaking views of the Acropolis.
My favourite place, though, is Lycabettus Hill, the highest point in the centre, a rock dropped there by Athena, the goddess of wisdom herself… It’s the perfect place, especially at night, for friendly or romantic (or even carnal) getaways. Oh, and did I mention that this is the place with the ultimate view of the entire city and the Aegean Sea?