By Megan Millisky
Not sure where to spend your Valentine’s vacation? Look no further than Athens, Greece. Start your vacation with sumptuous Greek cuisine at Apokries! Then head to Benaki Muesuem, or a dance festival. Here are nine of the most amazing things to do and places to go in Athens this February.
February 9-March 2 marks the dates of Apokries. For three weeks before Lent, Athens is perfumed with the smell of barbecue. After Apokris, Greeks give up meat for Lent. The city switches to dining on foods like olives and seafood instead. Don’t miss out on this food extravaganza, taking place all over Athens.
Address: Athens Greece
2. Athens International Dance Festival
From February 21-23, put on your dancing shoes at this training camp. There are competetions for couples and solo dancers. This event is for amateurs and professionals, so all are welcome to dance along!
3. Mount Lycabettus
On a crisp February day, take a hike up Mount Lycabettus. It’s free to climb on foot, and there are cable cars that carry visitors up and down the mountain. At Mount Lycabettus’ summit, there is a fantastic view of Athens and all its ancient buildings!
Address: Athens 114 71, Greece
4. Benaki Museum
The Benaki Museum is a staple of Athens culture. Visitors can feast their eyes on Neothilic vases, weapons from the Greek War of Independence, and incredible works of art. Visitors can explore “A Humble Paradise” exhibit through February 9.
Address: Koumpari 1, Athina 106 74, Greece
5. Theatre of Dionysus
Through February, visit the theatre where European drama was born! The first theatre ever constructed was opened in the 6th century BC. The theatre is a must-visit when in Athens - it’s the home of the Dionysia Festival, attended by Sophocles, Aristophanes, and other famous playwrights.
Address: Mitseon 25, Athina 117 42, Greece
6. Tango Lovers Festival
Don’t miss four days of dancing, theatre, and workshops! The Tango Lovers Festival is from February 6-9. Top DJs from around the world will be spinning music for classes. You can even watch Maestros perform!
7. Temple of Hephaestus
Through February, delve into the history of the Temple of Hephaestus. Built in the 5th century BC, this temple sits on Agoraios Kolonos hill.
Address: Athens 105 55, Greece
8. Museum of Cycladic Art
The Museum of Cycladic art opened in 1986, and today it holds over 3,000 works of Ancient Greek artwork. Through February, visitors can wander the halls of the “In the Realm of the Senses” exhibit.
9. Oriental Passion Dance Festival
If you’re visiting Athens from February 13-16, drop into a class at the Oriental Passion Dance Festival. Expert instructors will be teaching choreography and many different types of dance! Classes last about two hours each.
Address: XPM6+88 Athens, Αθήνα, Greece