Free and Cheap Date Ideas to Try in Athens

Parthenon and Herodium construction in Acropolis Hill in Athens
Parthenon and Herodium construction in Acropolis Hill in Athens | © Nick Pavlakis / Shutterstock
Ethel Dilouambaka

Athens may not be the most romantic city on earth, but there are plenty of fun and cheap things to do when you are dating. If you are looking for a different way of enjoying the city with your partner or simply are on a tight budget during your holidays, here are some ideas to spice things up in Athens.

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Climb up Lycabettus Hill to watch the sunset over the city

There is nothing more romantic than watching the sunset together and since you are in Athens, you should make it count. Grab your partner and climb up the road to the top of the Lycabettus hill, the highest point in Athens, from which you can witness the sun disappearing on the horizon. But don’t leave right away, take the time to admire the glorious colors of the sky before heading down.

Sunset view from Lycabettus

Get competitive at Playce

Switch up your habits and try Playce, a café-bar with a wide selection of over 100 board games for two or more players. For just 1€, you get unlimited play time and can order drinks and warm beverages to accompany your game.

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Split a bottle of wine in Filopappou Hill

Want to enjoy the nice weather but can’t be bothered to find a bar or café? No worries. Head to the closest supermarket or cava store, buy a bottle of wine and visit the Filopappou Hill, so you can avoid the masses of the Areopagus Hill. Our favorite spot for impromptu drinking with a fantastic view of the Acropolis is on the way to the Filopappou monument, where you will spot a marble sitting area offering the perfect viewpoint over the sacred rock. Don’t forget your bottle opener.

The view of the Acropolis from Filopappou Hill

Stroll around Kastella

We know Plaka is a favorite for romantic strolls, but we are pretty sure it is now a ‘been there, done that’ sort of activity. Switch it up and explore Kastella, Piraeus’ most picturesque district. Spanning around the picture-perfect harbor of Mikrolimano, Kastalla features narrow streets, old time charm and forgotten neoclassical mansions perched on the hillside. End your walk at one of the many cafés and fish taverns in Mikrolimano and make sure to choose one with a view over the water.

View of Kastella, in Piraeus, Greece

Unwind the Turkish Way

Why not reconnect and relax together at the hammam together? While there are several treatment options for couples, you can settle for the basic hammam (25€/person), where you and your S.O. can enjoy the relaxing effect of water and steam in a beautiful marble room. While it might not be cheap for a date, you will be so relaxed afterwards, you will feel it was worth it.

Courtesy of Hammam Baths

Share an ice cream cone at Le Greche

While some of you remember the legendary scene from the veteran TV show Friends, where Joey refuses to share his plate of fries with his date because “Joey doesn’t share food”, some of you may find it romantic. Forget the Lady and the Tramp pasta plate and share an ice cream together (or have one each, whatever works for you). Le Greche is one of Athens’ favorite joints for ice cream and since it stays open until late, you can combine it with a lovely dinner in town.

Courtesy of Le Greche

Explore the city on two wheels

If you are an active couple, spend a romantic time together with a tour of the city or your favorite spot (we suggest the Athens seaside promenade) by bike. For 15€ per day for per bike, you can spend a lovely afternoon exploring the backstreets of Plaka, the center of the city, or ride along the sunny coast for a moment just between the two of you.

A small break from cycling

Hike the Hymettus Mountain

If you really are on a budget but still want to sweat together, a hike in Athens’ highest mountain may just be what you need. Pack a delicious lunch and get ready to spend time in nature and take the fresh air in. Your little adventure will be rewarded with spectacular views over the city all the way to the sea and even Piraeus.

Hiking together

Sneak in some culture or a movie for free

Since its opening, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center has changed the lives of the Athenians, one event at a time. With a diverse and interesting agenda catering to all ages, the center has managed to established itself as a reference for all things cultural. Take advantage of its numerous free events open to all such as Concerts in the Park or the open-air free movies. Make sure to grab some snacks and drinks, and a blanket so you’re set for a nice date idea on the low key.

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