Activities guided by love
Greece is a charmful land interwoven with the concept of beauty and romance which makes it an ideal destination for a romantic journey. Let’s take a trip around the country and discover various activities that will boost your playful romantic mood!
History lessons on a bike
Take a bike ride around Athens and explore this history-laden city with your other half. The longest pedestrian walkway is Dionysiou Areopagitou street, which will lead you back through the history of Ancient Athens. It starts at the Hadrian’s Arch; it goes past the Acropolis Museum and keeps on through Apostolou Pavlou str. to Thissio and Monastiraki and, at Assomaton square, it meets Ermou str. Take the latter and go as far as Gazi or Plaka.
Feel the energy of the surroundings: incomparable monuments of the Greek cultural heritage will set the backdrop for an unforgettable ride by the Ancient Agora, the Ancient Dionysus Theatre, the Acropolis and the Roman Agora. For a journey back in time, Plaka is the best choice as it is reminiscent of Athens as capital of the Hellenic Republic.
Horseback Riding on Centaurs Mountain
Mount Pelion, according to Greek mythology, was the home of the mythical Centaurs, creatures who were half-men and half-horses. What could be more romantic than a horseback ride on Pelion and through its heavenly nature?
Start your ride from Argalasti, a beautiful village on the south of the Magnesia peninsula, far from the usual tourist routes. Pass by groves filled with perennial olive trees interspersed with forests and streambeds, shaded down by plane trees. The cobblestone trails between villages travel you through time and they are ideal for horseback riding.
You’ll find two trails starting from Argalasti; one leading to Kalamos (6km to W) and one to Lefokastro (6 km to the NW). The woods along the trails are often that dense, that even in summer it is shady and cool, making your ride even better. Moreover, you will encounter some impressive beaches near Argalasti that you can visit on horseback; on the outer or Aegean side of the peninsula, there is Paltsi (13 km to the E), Potistika (10 km on the E) and Melani (10 km on the E) beaches. Paltsi is a remote and quiet beach. Potistika is a broad sandy beach with towering rocks. Melani is a sandy beach also accessible by dirt road. On the inner or gulf side of the peninsula, don’t miss the fine beach of Marmaro (next to Kalamos), a great place to lay back and relax while you drink in the sunset view.
A stroll in the Medieval Fortress of Monemvasia
The walls of Monemvasia medieval fortress town is a dream destination if you are a romantic at heart. Take your other half by the hand and start your walk by crossing the bridge, through the stone walls and the castle’s massive gate, you will feel like walking back into time, entering a fairy tale. Peer into the history of the fortress –the so-called “Gibraltar of the East”– which was occupied by the Byzantines, the Crusaders, the Venetians, and the Turks in the past. Visit the home of the poet Yannis Ritsos. Climb to the upper part of the castle known as Goula and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the fortress, then head towards the imposing church of Agia Sofia hanging at the edge of the cliff. In the lower part of the town, known as Kato Poli, discover historic buildings, an old mosque, a 16th century building which now houses the Archaeological Collection, as well as beautiful Byzantine Churches.
Take some time to enjoy a romantic dinner on the rooftop of a tower and let yourself free in the magic of the moment. Within this atmosphere steeped in history and romance, it is an ideal time to make your wedding plans. What could be better than planning your wedding and reception within the fortress? You’ll find numerous hotels and restaurants within the castle, overlooking Myrtoo Sea and affording panoramic views of the castle.