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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.