Are you planning to propose but don’t know where? To make this significant moment go smoothly, we’ve compiled a series of romantic spots that should make this unique moment a lasting memory. Here are the top spots to propose in the Greek capital.
In the heart of Athens, in Syntagma Square and just next to the Greek Parliament, you will find this unexpectedly magnificent public park. Formerly known as the “Royal Garden” as it was commissioned by Queen Amalia, it is open all day long with many romantic spots throughout. We are particularly fond of the many pavilions, but there is also a pretty wooden bridge over the duck pond, or a flower-covered archway.
Accessible (Wheelchair), Dog Friendly, Kid Friendly, Family Friendly
Outdoors, Photo Opportunity, Historical Landmark
Mon - Sun:
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
On a cruise in the Saronic Gulf
For the ultimate romantic gesture, propose on your way back from a cruise in the Saronic Gulf. There are many cruise options, from a private one-day cruise with stops on the neighboring islands to a sunset cruise along the coast. Whatever you choose, the backdrop to your proposal will be memorable.
Perched on top of the Lycabettus Hill, the whitewashed chapel of Agios Georgios stands stall. Offering some of the best views over the city and the sea, it is thought that the church was built on the site of the ancient temple of Akreos Zeus. The church itself is a relatively recent construction, dating from the 18th century. An ideal spot from which to watch the sunset, the church can be reached by funicular or on foot, after climbing the hill.
Family Friendly, Kid Friendly, Accessible (Blind), Accessible (Deaf)
Historical Landmark, Photo Opportunity
In a back alley in Plaka
Plaka is one of the most scenic districts of Athens. This historic neighborhood, with its traditional houses covered with vivid bougainvillea and narrow alleys, is just perfect for a romantic stroll (leading to a marriage proposal). We highly recommend you find a little corner in the stunning Anafiotika, or by a colorful house.
Undeniably one of the top excursions you can make from Athens is to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio. The Doric-style temple was constructed around 440 BCE, and is dedicated to the god of the sea, Poseidon. For those passionate about history or who simply love a unique background, this is it.
Over a candle-lit dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant
For a view of the sunset and the sea, opt for Matsuhisa Athens on the riviera, where you and your S.O. can indulge in delicious Japanese food. For a more low-key spot, Yiasemi, in Plaka, offers a good atmosphere and a welcoming spot. For a gourmet experience, Spondi will meet your expectations. For fine dining with a view, Hytra is your best bet. If you prefer a relaxed outdoor setting, Simul’s courtyard is what you’re after. Seriously, the options are endless.
On the rooftop garden at the Grande Bretagne Hotel
GB Roof Garden restaurant and bar at the Grande Bretagne Hotel, in Athens | Courtesy of Grande Bretagne Hotel
Opposite Syntagma Square, the Grande Bretagne Hotel has 320 rooms and an amazing view of the city. Wow your significant other with cocktails at the hotel rooftop garden restaurant. The view, which includes Syntagma Square and the Acropolis, is breathtaking, and will definitely set the mood for a romantic evening. Pop the question over a flute of champagne and order dinner on-site.
Business, City, Stylish, Romantic, Historic, Fine Dining
In a Gold Class lounge at the cinema
Gold Class lounges are the place to treat your cinephile lover to a unique movie experience (available at The Mall Village Cinema and Palaio Faliro Village Cinema). Order a drink or snacks from the gourmet menu and have your waiter bring them to the private screening space, with luxurious reclining seats. Linger in the lounger after the movie to ask that important question.
Gold Class Lounge at Village Cinema Courtesy of Village Cinemas
During an evening stroll around the Acropolis
The pedestrian street surrounding the Acropolis allows for a great stroll around the Sacred Rock, and with street performers, it can provide the ideal spot for a colorful proposal. As the sun sets over the city, lights illuminate the Acropolis, giving the ancient ruins an elegant aura. Walk hand-in-hand and find a quiet spot where you can ask your significant other to make you the happiest person in the world. Or, find a street performer to serenade your love.
Under the stars
Visit the Eugenides Foundation Planetarium, one of the largest structures in the world, to pop the question while exploring the galaxy. Should you prefer a more relaxed setting, head to the Hill of the Muses, next to the Filopappou, where the National Observatory of Athens stands tall. While the observatory is not usually open in the evening, request a VIP evening visit by calling in advance. You will get a tour of the interior and observe the stars through the Doridis telescope. Now, that’s definitely a night to remember.
The fascinating planetarium of the Eugenides Foundation, in Athens Courtesy of Eugenides Foundation Planetarium
These recommendations were updated on May 14, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.