Shhh don’t tell anyone but Athens is one of my favourite European cities…it’s authentic, charming and there is a dose of history around every corner.  We only had 48 hours in Athens on this occasion however we put it to good use by *cough* relaxing and eating.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

We arrived late afternoon in Athens and caught a taxi from the airport (beware of the taxi drivers; we were pretty firm with our driver after he tried it on…just the once!) and checked into the Intercontinental Athens (not my favourite hotel in Athens and will write a review one day; it felt a bit dated, soulless and the service was mixed).

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

The first night we had access to the Intercontinental Club lounge where we enjoyed a light supper via the nibbles in the lounge and a few drinks while appreciating the view over the city.

The next morning we had a full day…to be fair we’ve done a number of the touristy things in Athens that you really should tick off on a visit to the city so we decided to climb a hill to get another view over the city from the Hill of the Muses…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…it’s pretty wonderful up there…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…with great views over the city…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…make sure you wear sensible shoes as it’s not stable ground.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

After our stroll up a hill, we managed to end up in a middle of a religious procession that we had no idea about…thankfully a lovely old Greek lady grabbed me and explained that it was a particular saints day and we were close to her church (I have a funny feeling it was Catherine but I could be just making that up!) but it’s one of the reasons why I love Athens – the culture, history, religion and the friendly people that stop and chat to you…we held hands as she explained everything.  A truly lovely moment that I will cherish.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

G decided that he needed a ride on a segway and I wasn’t really feeling up for a segway tour so while he whizzed around seeing the city from different vantage points (he really loved this tour!)...I used my feet and just lost myself in the streets of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…photographing the hell out of it…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…the city felt a tad festive which surprised me (never thought of Christmas and Greece together before…doh!)

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens at times does remind me of Paris…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…pretty in pink to make the boys wink!

The city felt empty of tourists, it was November so it was nice to chat to shop keepers and one in particular stopped me when he saw that my camera was on manual mode not auto…he loved photography so we had a chat…the Greeks love to chat.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

I managed to photograph myself a few doors of course!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Unfortunately I had fibroid issues on this day (once you overheat, it’s game over!) and ended up having to change my entire bottom half in the smallest and smelliest toilet in all of Athens…the joys of not being able to flush paper down the toilet makes public toilets reek even more than usual!  I’m still pretty proud of myself balancing on one shoe while trying to pull off and chuck on jeans in what felt like a tiny cage.  I survived to tell the tale!

I did ponder about buying a pair of slippers…I haven’t succumbed yet but next time a pair of these bad boys are coming home with me…along with another 25 litres of olive oil.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

After a quick walk back to the hotel, a shower and a brisk walk to the Hotel Grande Bretagne as I was meeting G for afternoon tea…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…G wanted to make sure that the Grande Bretagne in Athens still made the best scones in the whole world…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…they were rigorously tested (don’t ask me why the napkin ended up there…the shirt desperately needed a iron and he needed a trim as well which I was nagging him about)…they still hold the number one spot so if you’re a gluten eating monster then you need to make sure you pop in and taste their scones and their gluten free afternoon tea is pretty good as well!

We decided to head up to the terrace bar at the hotel which offers fabulous views over Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…and then watch the sunset…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I managed to get over my fear of flying rats (joking…still totally petrified of birds!  And I forgot to focus the darn thing on the bird…doh!)…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…they make a rather tasty mocktail if you’re that way inclined which I am!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

The following morning I decided to head out again to discover some more beauty spots around the historical centre of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens is famous for it’s street art…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…in between ducking inside a few art shops, Athens does some seriously good art if you like bright bold striking colours (which I do!)….and yes there is a lot of graffiti as well…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens is fabulous for people watching as it’s full of funny little characters like this gentleman who gave me a wink when I dropped in a few coins; traditional Greek music and possibly helping someone out is good for the soul (you never know a persons circumstances)…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I found all this just by walking around the touristy area of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I love a colourful destination…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens does make me smile and I thought to myself, hmmm 48 hours in Athens really isn’t enough even on my 4th visit to the city!  I stumbled on a few ancient ruins…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…another man entertaining the small crowd of only me…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…and just kept wandering around (I managed to find myself a few cushion covers and a load of olive oil…yes I’m officially old!).

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Travel Tips for Athens, Greece

  • The historical centre of Athens is quite compact so you can walk around with slightly pretty shoes if you fancy (just don’t do heels!)
  • I’ve stayed at a few hotels in Athens and my favourite is the Hotel Grande Bretagne (great location, lovely service, iconic hotel which is part of the Starwood chain of hotels) or there is the Intercontinental Athens (IHG chain of hotels) which is more business focussed and takes approximately 10 minutes to walk into the historic centre.
  • A taxi will cost you 38 euros from the airport to downtown Athens and this is a fixed rate but could change so check the board at the taxi stand – some taxi drivers will try and play funny buggers so I suggest having two 20 euro notes available rather than a 50 euro note and don’t listen to their bollocks about riots closing roads in central Athens – they just don’t want to take you all the way into the city
  • You can catch the metro or buses from the airport which takes approximately an hour and is a cheaper alternative.
  • If you are looking for a day trip from Athens then I would suggest Nafplio, the Islands of the Saronic Gulf or the Poseidon Temple which are all worth while and I’ve visited them all.  Plus I have a load more Athens tips here including where to buy Greek Sandals and another great view point.
  • Athens is really quite hip and it’s slowly becoming a foodie hotspot – Greek food is on the rise; simple but tasty flavours and you can easily find gluten free options!
  • The Hotel Grande Bretagne offer a lovely afternoon tea in their Winter Garden which is definitely worth checking out.
  • Athens is often dubbed as boring and overlooked as an entry / exit point for the Greek Islands; I always suggest 48 hours in Athens to really discover an authentic European city where history, locals and tourists mingle making it a great alternative city break destination.  Athens won’t be for everyone but I love it!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

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After saying a fond farewell to G’s Greek twin brother in Katakolo, G and I whizzed back to Athens in our trusty little rental car…as we had 5 hours to do the trip we decided to have a pitstop along the way in the most enchanting town in the Peloponnese, Nafplio.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

When I told N’s wife that I wanted to stop off in Nafplio…this was met with a huge smile and that it was one of her favourite spots in the whole of Greece…which I definitely concur with after our visit…was Santorini pretty, yes…did I love it, I could take it or leave it…ask all these questions again in relation to Nafplio and the answer is a resounding yes!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Nafplio was once the capital of Greece many many years ago; the colourful mansions are now slightly faded but are still rather charming.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

With only an hour to spend in Nafplio, G and I just wandered along the seafront…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…enjoying the stunning coastline views…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…G tried to work out which boat he wanted to own…me pointing out the smallest one in the harbour (my new favourite word is frugal)…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

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Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…enjoying seeing a few men at work…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…thinking, hmmmm I wonder what is inside that building (next time!)

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…while trying to scare a few fish with my extremely tall shadow (I’m 5’11, giant size Kiwi!)…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…and maybe worshipping the blue skies (how I miss thee!)

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…before hitting the colourful facades that Nafplio is famous for!

I love a bit of colour…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…actually I love colour a lot so Nafplio was ticking all my boxes…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…so much so that I told G that I wanted to return to stay for a few nights.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

And you know…I found a few doors as well…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…just a few…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…seriously good door porn in Nafplio!

Like most Greek towns and cities, there are a number of little spots to stop to grab a coffee that will put hairs on your chest (hence why I drink tea!)

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…or to photograph as they are just so darn…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…cheerful!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

We stumbled upon a rather staunch Greek security guard who wouldn’t let us enter, the Greek security guard had sharper claws than this Kiwi…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…so G found another shop to buy another three freaking bracelets from…<insert eye rolling here>…while I sent a few wooden willy photos to Mummy and Georgie in New Zealand.

I may have accidentally stumbled into a <coughs> shoe shop where all the shoes are made locally, I love supporting local businesses whenever I travel…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…so I bought a pair of tan sandals in a style that I’ve wanted for ages and then another pair which are more for evening wear…you know Greece needs not just one helping hand financially…it needs two hence I bought two pairs of shoes…I’m not that frugal when I enter a shoe shop (I do love both pairs of shoes and have already worn them in the middle of winter, totally getting my moneys worth…and yes I’m justifying my purchases!)….

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…G found a belt that he wanted, I’m pretty sure he hasn’t worn it yet…we will be having a few words of buying items and never wearing them shortly.

The reason why I found Nafplio so enchanting is simple – you can just wander…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…finding little alleyways where the Bougainvillea just rambles all over the street…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…and oh the balconies are so pretty…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…do a spot of people watching, the locals are so much fun to watch as they hid from the shade…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…where photographing laundry is totally allowed <yelling Hi, I’m from New Zealand while waving and smiling helps when people start pointing at you while you photograph their clothes!>

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

…and that are just a few of the reasons why I would love to return!

There is a rather stunning looking castle on the outskirts of town sitting on a hilltop which is calling my name…as I said, we will return…

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

..by hook or by crook…I will return to Greece to explore some more as there are so many hidden gems in this country!

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

And I think I’ve found our hotel which is right in the middle of town…not to be confused with the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

Travel Tips for Nafplio, Greece

  • You can visit Nafplio from Athens or Kalamata (British Airways flies into both destinations from London now) – this would be a perfect day trip from either destination however it does get busy in Nafplio during the summer months with folks from Athens.  
  • We found it easy to park down by the waterfront and then walk around the shady streets mid afternoon.
  • An hour in Nafplio doesn’t do it justice so make sure you spend a few hours exploring if you are doing a day trip
  • The Sandal Workshop in Nafplio makes really good quality and comfortable leather sandals (they also have a shop in Santorini) and they are all reasonably priced.
  • Make sure your battery for your camera is charged as Nafplio is really beautiful and you will take a million and one photos.
  • I would recommend flat comfortable shoes as things can be a bit slippery underfoot especially when it’s very hot.
  • We didn’t stay at this property however the Hotel Grande Bretagne has a great location if you are looking for accommodation in Nafplio.
  • You can find more of my posts on Greece here

Greece Travel Inspiration- Nafplio: The Most Enchanting Town in the Peloponnese. I absolutely fell in love with the beach and old town of Nafplio on our day trip; it's definitely a place to visit when on a vacation in Greece. Check out my blog for things to do in beautiful Nafplio including where to buy handmade leather sandals!

xx

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After spending two nights exploring Santorini, we had no fixed plans once we headed back to Athens so it was decided that we would go and visit G’s friend who lives close to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

This meant arriving into Athens with no rental car and no hotel bookings…the rental car issue was easily sorted at Athens airport and we were on our way to Katakolo where we managed to watch a spectacular sunset from the car as we were departing Athens…crap happens!

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

G is the most disorganised traveller I know and our trips normally have G calling the bank to cancel all his cards then only to find them 15 minutes later…so we were going to see his friend whom he hasn’t talked to in a few years, his friend doesn’t do social media or phones much you see…boys!

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

The road to Katakolo from Athens had much improved since our last visit however it almost bankrupted us due to all the tolls…thankfully we had enough euros on us!  We were  pretty close to Katakolo when we thought…hmmm…it might be time to find a hotel for the night so thankfully with my Three Mobile Feel at Home package (I love this package so much!), I used my free 3G to locate us a hotel…Orizones in Katakolo.  G asked why I decided on this hotel…I told him I picked the most expensive one…it was 60 euros so it wasn’t too bad and it looked extremely clean and tidy.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

On arrival at the hotel, we were greeted very very warmly…the staff at this hotel were so kind…and they knew G’s friend (N) or as I like to call him, G’s Greek twin brother and contacted him on our behalf…so after the shock that we were in Greece and in his neck of the woods (Greece is a pretty big country!), we went to bed and saw N the following day.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

G and I had a little look around Katakolo, it’s changed a lot since G first visited many many years ago…the town is used by cruise ships to visit Olympia (we visited many years ago so I have no photos from this trip, sorry!).  As it was November, out of season for cruise ships, most of the shops were closed (apparently they open if there is a cruise ship in!)...we just wandered along so I could take a few photos here and there…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…now you see me…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…now you don’t!  I sooooooo loved that blue building…a fashion bloggers wet dream! (yes I just said that!)

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

After having problems photographing cats in Santorini…my luck in Katakolo didn’t change…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…you can’t win them all…I’m pretty sure this cat is giving me death stares!

The town is rather cute and it was nice just to wander, without any tourists…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…fresh air…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…colourful buildings…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…colourful plants…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…and plenty of outdoor seating for a drink or two!

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

We had a really enjoyable two nights staying in Katakolo and visiting N and his family and we will definitely be back…those direct flights to Kalamata with British Airways are perfect for us!

I thought I would share some photos of Orizontes View Hotel…it was great value, family run and they were so friendly to us during our whole stay.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.   Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.   Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo. 

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Travel Tips for Katakolo

  • We stayed at Orizontes View Hotel overlooking Katakolo which was a fantastic base and I would highly recommend and happily stay again.  If you’re visiting on a cruise ship and don’t want to visit Olympia then take the walk up the hill and have a quick bite to eat at this hotel and enjoy the views.
  • Katakolo is only a short drive from Olympia
  • There were only a few little restaurants open on our visit, it was November and there was no cruise ship in but we had a lovely meal in the town on our first night.
  • If you plan to hire a car from Athens and drive to the Peloponnese area then make sure you have sufficient cash with you, our tolls were close to 20 euros each way!!
  • You can read all my Greece posts here

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

xx

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I know folks don’t like bucket lists but I love them…I have a variety of different ones and I love that I have a bit of focus on where I want to travel too.  I travel to destinations that inspire me rather than where is popular.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Santorini has being on my bucket list for years…and years…and years!  Even my folks and sister made it to this Greek Island before me and they live in New Zealand.  We only had 2 nights in Santorini however it was enough time for us to get a feel of the island.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

I know that Santorini is slowly becoming a marmite destination; folks either really love and rave about the island or they disliked it as it was overpriced, crowded and felt like Disneyland.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

I will be honest and say that I am an inbetweener…it was okay, it was beautiful but I didn’t feel overwhelmed and my heart didn’t miss a beat…unlike with my three visits to the pyramids in Egypt (and I know how some folks don’t rate the pyramids either…we’re all different).

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

We arrived really early into Santorini by air, into the smallest airport you’ve ever seen (actually maybe Apia International Airport was smaller…hmm!)…we jumped into our transfer that whipped us across to Oia and met the lovely Elvis who carried my bags and showed us to our accommodation…poor Elvis, he possibly got more than he bargained for with my suitcase…

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…then there were the donkeys.  As we arrived early, nothing was open and most of the shops would continue to be closed during our stay as it was winter.

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The views from our terrace were spectacular…

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…while G had a little nap, I went out exploring with my lack of sleep and a glass of champagne headache that I still had from the day before (I’m pretty sure that I’m allergic to alcohol now!).

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Santorini was different to how I was expecting it to be; firstly it reminded me slightly of Split with its slick main pedestrian street and pretty crumbling buildings…

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…I was rather in my element with the beautiful doors…

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…there were quite a few obviously…

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…okay maybe there were more than three…

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…to the rambling bougainvillea…

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…and to the donkeys that decided to run directly towards me laden with rock while I too busy photographing something to see them coming hurtling towards me…I survived!

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I joined G for a little nap after my mini exploring session of Oia as a 4am start two days in a row is never a good idea even if it does mean you’re in Greece and can eat your body weight in feta cheese!

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

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After a nap, we headed out for lunch (to a place I’ve forgotten the name of!)….

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…where the views over the sea were stunning….

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… we scoffed our way through a lovely, albeit expensive meal while taking in the views…and listening to two American girls with their…like…just like…you know likes….I did giggle with G as I said that they say like more than I say F*** and that is saying something!

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

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Deciding we needed to walk off the calories we wandered down the pedestrian main street…

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…we found the supermarket and bought some supplies i.e. feta cheese (I’m obsessed with the stuff…I’m pretty sure I was Greek in another life!).  This little supermarket also has gluten free pasta…great if you are self-catering while on Santorini.

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I managed to take a million more photos as Oia is rather photogenic to say the least…

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…G asked, didn’t you take all these photos already….

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….ummmm…

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….yes…

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….maybe….

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…no!

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Follow me to see the sunset…

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We decided to watch the famous Santorini sunset from our terrace along with about another 50 tourists that had popped over to Oia to watch it (they didn’t join us on the terrace!)

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…it wasn’t that specular at all especially after listening to everyone rave on about it…that’s a gamble you take with mother nature.

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We jumped into the hot tub…when I say jump, I mean slip in very elegantly or as elegantly as I could…I apologise now if anyone’s house in Oia got flooded as a lot of water left the hot tub…eek!

I had every intention of waking up early to watch the sunrise but forgot to charge my phone hence no alarm…doh!  So waking up late, we scoffed feta cheese in bed (totally up there with eating scones in bed which I highly recommend at least doing once in your life!), dressed and went out to explore another little section of Oia that we didn’t see the day before.

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It was all rather blue and wonderful….

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…taking Monday Morning Blues to a new level!

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Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

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Finding a new little café to visit which was right by our apartment (doh!) I thought I would suggest it to G…of course he was doing his best prune impersonation in the hot tub and was rather hungry so we decided to go try out the café.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

I had ice cream with strawberries and banana as obviously that is gluten free (they did have salads on the menu to be fair…but when on holiday, I will eat ice cream as my mains!) while G had a crepe…

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and then the Grinch received this as his coffee…

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…he was mumbling already about the Christmas decorations in November, so Christmas coffee art and my mum sending him Christmas quotes on Facebook, it almost pushed him over the Christmas edge.

The views were spectualar so we just sat there taking it all in…there are worse ways to spend a Monday that’s for sure.

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We decided to go for another walk down to the waterfront…I had a Mamma Mia moment as we walked down a number of stairs…

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….dodging donkey poo along the way…and looking over the white washed buildings…

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There wasn’t anything to see as everything was closed for winter but it was nice to see the building work getting carried out…

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…and to enjoy the perfect clear Santorini waters.

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Looking back up to Oia, it was a view that I’ve never seen before and it was something very unexpected.

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Even though it was November, the sun was still blazing and we worked up a sweat by walking from Ammoudi back to Oia via the road…it was an interesting walk as we got to see a lot of new housing developments that I am in sure in years to come will join up to Oia.

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Once we got back, we had another pruning session in the hot tub (I mean turning into a prune, rather than having a prune…thought I should clarify this now!), read a book on the terrace and waited for that sunset for a second night…

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…it was slightly disappointing again but we did have fun listing our favourite places from Aswan, Cairo to the middle of Africa…and then we saw a magnificent sunset when we got back to the mainland!

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That night, G decided to make us an omelette, I’ve talked about this omelette before and it’s basically gone down in travel folklore as it was just so not an omelette…we don’t know where the eggs escaped too…we sat down and watched a movie and just relaxed.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

The following morning I got up early as I remembered to charge my phone and caught the sunrise, it was such a peaceful experience.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Had my morning feta allocation and then wandered out to do a bit of souvenir shopping…still kicking myself for not buying at least 3 willy bottle openers! It was nice just to wander without having the pressures of trying to see the whole island…that wasn’t my plan for our week in Greece…it was more to relax and recover.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

If you love cats and dogs then you’ll love Oia…

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…they are everywhere…

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Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…normally playing hard to get when you want to photograph them…

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…I’m not sure why you would want to rent one as there are strays everywhere!

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Did I absolutely love Santorini? – as I said before, I’m definitely an inbetweeer, I didn’t fall head over heels in love with the destination however I didn’t hate it either…it reminds me a lot of Dubrovnik…it doesn’t feel very authentic but it’s very pretty to look at.  I’ve ticked Oia off my bucket list…I’m glad I’ve been able to see a bit of Santorini and it made me realise I wanted to see another island at some point in the future (however I changed my tune when we visited Nafplio, I’m a Mainland Girl…so many fabulous places in Greece…I could start my own Big Fat Greek Bucket List…scurries off to do this…actually I have a Greece Pinterest board instead!)

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Travel Tips for Santorini

  • Choose your season wisely, I’m not a fan of battling crowds while on holiday so visiting during November was perfect for us plus it is the most budget friendly time to visit.
  • Prebook your transfers if possible – we got an offer for 3 person for 25 euros
  • If you are trying to stick to a budget then look at self-catering options as Santorini can be very expensive even in off season for food and it’s just easier when you’re gluten free as well.  As I said above, the little supermarket sold gluten free pasta but we just stuck with cold meats, cheese and vegetables and we survived very nicely.
  • There are direct flights during the summer months from London with British Airways or you can get a Ryanair or Air Aegean flight from Athens to Santorini which takes approximately 45 minutes (we used all the above from Heathrow to Athens to Santorini and it all went extremely smoothly!).
  • I would suggest to have some cash on you as we found a few places didn’t take credit cards
  • If you plan to walk everywhere which you most likely will do then I highly recommend flat comfortable shoes…in the end my superga shoes saved my feet…if you have wide feet then I highly suggest giving them a try.
  • You can check out my other Greece posts here including my Santorini posts on Lovers House with Oia Collection, Catching the Sunrise in Oia and What to Expect when Visiting Santorini during Winter

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

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