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Living in Athens means that other travelers usually ask me for tips on what to do here. And look, there are some amazing things to do here (check out my post about Plaka in Athens). But I don’t think Athens is worth more than a two-day stay. That’s why I wrote this post for three amazing weekend trips from Athens.
Because what do you do if you booked a longer stay in Athens? One option is to use it as a base for exploring the most popular Greek islands, of course. But why not spend a weekend in one of these places instead?
So this tiny Greek island is less than two hours by boat from Piraeus. And while it gets busy with Athenian tourists on weekends, its lack of foreign tourists gives it an authentic atmosphere. And the water here is gorgeous. But unlike some of the other islands close to Athens, it’s a fairly green island. So you even get to enjoy some nature as well. Several places even offer bike rentals to explore the island.
So you don’t want to travel from Athens all the way to the northern city of Thessaloniki? But flights can be actually be as cheap as €20 return. (You can search via Skyscanner or the Skyscanner app for which I get points at no additional cost to you.) The flight duration is about an hour so it’s really not that much of a trip.
Many Greeks consider Thessaloniki to be far more beautiful than Athens. It’s a student city so it’s full of bars. But as the second-largest city in Greece, it also has a lot of history and culture to offer. And don’t forget that Thessaloniki has direct access to the sea. You can go for wonderful walks along the promenade.
Corinth is only about an hour away from Athens by train. Note that the famous Ancient Corinth is not located in the modern town of Corinth. But you can easily take a taxi to see the archaeological site. Modern Corinth is well worth a stroll itself. You will appreciate the lack of other tourists as you walk through the town center and along the sea.
So if you’ve spent too much time in the Greek capital consider one of these weekend trips from Athens. It’s truly the best way to escape the hustle and bustle of Greece’s capital.
Have you been to any of these places? Do you prefer them to Athens? Let me know in the comments.