Celebrate the glory days of bachelorhood, bid your single life goodbye, and get ready to embark on a life-long journey of companionship with your significant other, with a bang! After all, it’s an end of an era and should be treated as such.
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If you’re looking for inspiration for your bachelor and bachelorette getaway in Athens, here you can find ideas for the best things to experience on your last trip as a single individual!
Brunch it up like a true millennial
If you don’t Instagram your avocado on toast, are you even on vacations? Thankfully, the hip city of Athens is full of cozy places that offer delicious brunch menus for all tastes, with most of them putting a Greek twist on the millennial-favorite meal. Although as a concept ‘brunch’ is not Greek, the principle behind it is very much so; you get to enjoy a luscious meal that combines breakfast food with lunch while relaxing with your friends on a lazy sunny day. As a result, brunch in Athens has swiftly become a local favorite and the market has grown -lucy for you- competitive. Savor the fresh Greek flavors and enjoy a chat with your mates while relaxing and letting the mimosas wash your worries and your stress away. Bel ray, located in the trendy neighborhood is our favorite brunch destination in the city. The coffee shop, which turns to a vibrant bar at night, offers the yummiest creations, incorporating Greece in all of its dishes. Additionally, in the heart of Athens, ‘Ergon’ is a family business that promotes Greek gastronomy by using its own production of high-quality Greek products that combine tradition with modern-day technology. The result is unique combinations of traditional flavors, all in a wonderful urban setting! #blessed
Visit the ancient Greek ruins to feel young by comparison
Aerial view of the Acropolis - credits: Aerial-motion/Shutterstock.com
Yes, we know that when you were thinking about your bachelor or bachelorette trip to Athens you didn’t exactly envision yourself gazing at an ancient monument, we get it, however, it would be a pity to come all the way to the cradle of western civilization and experience none of its archaeological sites and city highlights! The Acropolis, the Acropolis museum, the Roman Agora, the Tower of the Winds, and the Philoppapos hill are all within walking distance from one another and are an absolute must-see for visitors, even the ones that came for the lovely weather, the sea, and the city’s party culture. In order to visit as many sights as possible in the most efficient and stress-free way possible, you can book a Skip The Lines: Mythology Tour Of Acropolis, Acropolis Museum & Temple Of Zeus and have an expert guide introduce you to ancient Greece. You can even combine luscious Greek flavors with you sightseeing ventures through an Acropolis Delights: Acropolis & Athens Food Tour.
Hop on the relaxi-taxi
If being on your bachelor and bachelorette party doesn’t get you a one way to ticket to relaxation town, then nothing ever will! Treat yourself to a full spa experience that will help you unwind and appreciate your time off before your big day. Asian Spa Ayurvedic & City Retreat is one of the most recognized spa chains in the Greek market, having ranked the InterContinental spa among the 30 best spas worldwide in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s "Reader's Spa Awards", in 2012. If you’d like to experience different spa and massage techniques from India, Morocco, China, Japan, and Sweden, then Hiltonia spa is the one for you. Last but not least, over 30 spa treatments inspired from all over the world are waiting to welcome you to Elena’s day spa. Located in the heart of Athens, in Kolonaki, its treatments are designed for both women and men and combine innovative methods and the use of advanced technology.
Take a ride on the wild side
Gather your group of friends, let your hair down and try something a bit out of your comfort zone: a go Kart ride! Go kart is a favorite pastime that doesn’t require any special skills; only a strong will, confidence and a love for speed! Get a taste of the adrenaline rush Formula 1 stars are after and get in touch with your inner driving fiend. You’ll soon find that pushing your limits is the ultimate stress-relief - everyone knows how stressful wedding can get- and along with your group of friends, you’ll make some of the fondest memories of your life. There is a fair amount of go Kart tracks around Athens, but our favorite by far is ‘Karting Center’, located right beside St. Kosmas beach in the south of Athens. It is one of the largest and most popular go Kart tracks in the city, but what makes it even more special, is its position right by the sea, that gives it an excellent sea view offers visitors a refreshing and salty breeze. Another excellent choice is ‘Kartland’, which the first track in Greece that complies to European standards and offers an automatic timing system.
Conquer the Greek cuisine
Traditional Greek dish of gemista - credits: Phuong D. Nguyen/Shutterstock.com
If culinary heaven existed, it’d be the Greek cuisine. Since you’ve chosen Greece to spend your last holidays as an unmarried person, you should take full advantage of Greece’s mouthwatering cuisine and indulge in scrumptious local delicacies. Calories shmalories! All you’ll need to do in order to try the best of Greece’s food offerings is an empty stomach and an open mind, and you can leave the rest to us: join a food tour around Athens during the day or an Athens night food tour along and wine-tasting experience, where you’ll be taken around the best, off-the-beaten-path local taverns to try local dishes and wines. If you’re looking to kill to birds with one stone you can even combine the exploration of Athens’ highlights through an evening tour that includes meze dinner and get the best of both worlds! Athens’ restaurants and tavern are to die for, however, it’s common knowledge that nothing beats a homemade meal. If you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, get an insight into the local cuisine with an Athens cooking lesson that will introduce you to Greece's local products and methods of cooking. Since Greece is known across the globe for its production of quality olive oil, you can even indulge in an olive oil-tasting and farm tour in Athens, where you’ll take in an interactive workshop, tasting and learning all about Greece’s most precious commodity. Whichever way you choose to experience Greek gastronomy, rest assure it will knock your socks off!
Shake it like a polaroid picture
A popular Greek songs quotes ‘take me to the country where everyone dances all day long’. Well, you’re there! Partying is a prerequisite of any self-respecting bachelor, and what would a party be without loads of dancing? Boring. Athens is known for its vibrant nightlife, with the locals infamously partying till the early morning hours. If there is a time to feel part the Greek way, it is now, before your wedding and the start of your life as a responsible adult! There is a plethora of places to dance in Athens depending on your dance and music preference. Whether you like to move to the rhythm of swing, ballroom, rock-n-roll, house or salsa, you won’t be disappointed. You could choose any club and dance to the contemporary music that tops both the international and the greek charts. If however, you fancy something a bit more traditional, you can also schedule a greek dancing lesson in Athens and experience an unforgettable evening full of Greek music, dance, and fun! Get the chance to learn how to dance popular Greek folk dances and celebrate life the way the Greeks do: by eating, drinking, laughing and dancing your evening away!
Drink wine, feel fine
Wine-tasting outdoors along with snacks - credits: eyeris.work/Shutterstock.com
Perhaps the closest thing the planet has to an elixir of life, wine holds a special place to the hearts of Greeks. Wine and friends make a great blend, one you should not deprive yourself of during your hen or stag party! Being the birthplace of the god of wine, Dionysos, and all, Greece has no shortage of decadent local wine varieties, with the elements of the Greek apparent on every sip. To taste as many of the Greek wine varieties as possible and explore a local winery at the same time, embark on an Athens winery and wine-tasting tour, where you'll have the opportunity to wind down with some of Greece’s best wines in the scenic countryside of the Attica region; a sweet escape from the city buzz and a unique chance to appreciate the wealth of the Greek wines. Trust us, there is nothing better than drinking good wine with good food in good company!
Make bar-hopping your cardio for the day
Staying in the theme of drinking and dancing, the overwhelming amount of choice in regard to the charming bars that are spread out throughout the city makes it impossible to restrict yourself to one or two. That’s where the genius concept of bar-hopping comes out to play. Grab a map, make google your best friend and set on a bar-hopping adventure around the city of Athens! Your wallet and liver will hate us, but you can thank us later! If you’d rather spare all the fuss and organizing that this idea entails, you and your friends can opt for an Athens nightlife tour in Koukaki neighborhood, one of the coolest neighborhoods of Athens. This way, you’ll stay out of any tourist traps and, with the help of a local guide, you’ll explore the streets and discover the best places for drinks in Koukaki!
Chase the waves of the Aegean Sea
Group of friends jumping in the sea from a sailboat - credits: DisobeyArt/Shutterstock.com
Despite being the capital of Greece and part of the country's mainland, Athens is a seaside city that, apart from a lovely view, it provides its visitors with an excellent excuse to discover the seaside beauties of Greece through sailing. Dive into the blues of the Saronic Gulf with our luxurious Athens Riviera sailing cruise; sail along the Athenian coastline and try traditional Greek dishes while admiring the striking views. This sailing adventure will offer you unforgettable moments with your group of friends, swimming, laughing and eating your day away. If sailing is not for you, but you’d still like to take advantage of the mesmerizing sea before you, you can enjoy one of the -many- beaches Athens has, that will refresh you and help you get the sun-kissed look everyone lusts after. I’m sure you’ve seen many a picture of people diving in the crystal clear waters of Greece, turning green with jealousy that it’s not you and your gang. Well, now it can be you! Dreams do come true!
These boots are made for shopping
Do you know what will keep you from getting cold feet? A nice pair of shoes! You can purchase them, along with anything else your heart desires, in one of the many unique shops you can find in the center of the city. From souvenirs shops to haute couture, Athens offers a retail therapy experience for both women and men that compares to the one of Milan and Paris, despite it not getting that much hype. The diversity of the market is what makes shopping in Athens extra special, as you can find hidden treasures for all tastes and budgets! Head to Ermou street the most commercial street in Athens, for some conventional shopping in international chains; visit the alternative neighborhoods of Psirri and Exarchia to discover vintage shops and indulge in thrifting; Go to Kolonaki neighborhood and marvel at the luxury brands that are lined up for you to enjoy and spend your money on. Money spent on your honeymoon is money well-spent by default, right?
Travel in style
Throughout your trip to Athens, it is important for you to feel comfortable, relaxed and luxurious. Therefore, have a thorough look in our Athens travel guide and ensure your transfers around the city are taken care of without you and your pals having to fuss over them, hailing taxis and running to catch the busses covered in sweat. To prevent the dreadful scenario we just described, consider booking a transfers service, where a professional driver will ensure your smooth drive around, so you don't have to worry about the details, but only how to have the best time during your stay in Greece! Additionally, you can book a tailor-made tour with us, fully adjusted to your needs and taste, ad spare yourself the stress of organizing the trip of your dreams for you and your friends!
Greece is an obvious choice for stag and hen parties. It’s striking landscapes, enchanting beaches and wonderful weather make it a dream destination for people from all over the world. Athens, in particular, with its diverse and vibrant vibe, is all bachelors and bachelorettes are looking for; it has an abundance of things to see and do that accommodates all tastes, a wild nightlife and a scrumptious cuisine that will make the getaway not only one of their most entertaining experiences of their lives but one of the most delicious as well!