Greece was so much more than I expected. Greece truly has something for everyone; food, culture, beaches, and history. In February, my friends and I ventured off to Greece to spend a few days in Athens and a couple days in Santorini. We stayed in an Airbnb in both locations. Our first night we roamed the streets of Athens in search of Greek food. We were not disappointed. We found a restaurant which was walking distance to the house, where we dined on Greek salads, lamb chops, souvlaki, and baklava. We left with full bellies and broad smiles before heading to the movie theater to watch the Greek debut of Black Panther.
I have always enjoyed Greek food but authentic Greek food does not compare to what you can find in the U.S. Pretty much every day I indulged in Gyros and gelato. Greece, in comparison to other European countries, is quite affordable. Food is extremely reasonable in Greece. A gyros will can cost anywhere from $3-6$. Our host recommended the restaurant Thanasis, which was divine! The yogurt kabab is a must! It would be completely possible to spend only $20 a day on food. The gelato in Athens is quite tasty as well. I found the gelato in Athens to be just as delicious as the gelato in Italy. They have many unique flavors which you won’t find anywhere else.
Athens is definitely a walkable city but Uber is also available. Ermou is a pedestrian walking street where you can find lots of shops and restaurants. You can also walk up to the Acropolis from Ermou Street. At night the Acropolis is illuminated which is an amazing sight to behold.
If you have only a couple days in Athens, but want to see the major sights in a short period of time, be sure to book a walking tour. Most European cities offer free walking tours. The walking tour of Athens lasted about 2 hours and we were able to see the major sights like the Acropolis, Plaka, Flea market, Parthenon, and Syntagma Square.
After we ate our way through Athens, we ventured off to Santorini. The weather in Santorini was warmer than Athens which was a nice change. February is the winter in Greece but the temperatures did not fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. When we arrived at our home in Santorini, our host informed us we would need a rental car to explore more of the island. Our Airbnb was close to the airport and about 15 mins away from the city center of the island. Although Santorini is not a large island, if you’re not staying near Oia or Thira, you may have a hard time getting around. There are taxis and Uber available but eventually multiple trips can add up quickly. The airport in Santorini is quite small and basically you can only get a rental car when flights are arriving or departing. Our first night we went to the restaurant Taverna Galini, which was in walking distance from the home. The food was delectable; especially the baklava and Greek salad.
The next day in Santorini we went in search of the blue dome which is featured in most pictures of Santorini. For lunch we went to a restaurant which specialized in Gyros. Santorini in February is low season, therefore many restaurants and shops weren’t open. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, February is definitely a good choice.
Overall we had a great time in Greece! I would go back in a heartbeat! Have you been to Greece? Tell me about your experience!