What to do and where to stay in Greece

What to do


A former Byzantine fortress on a high plateau above a

restored Byzantine village, all of it on a small peninsula off the east coast of the Peloponnese. A day trip or stay overnight in the town. No cars in this intimate village, lots of restaurants and gift shops. Walk up to the fortress for breathtaking views.


An island just a one- to two-hour ferry trip from Athens,


or half an hour from Poros. There are no cars. Take a

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donkey ride. Walk along the coastal path from the main port to the next village. Good food along the way.

Acropolis Museum

15 Dionysiou Areopagitou St.




Below the Parthenon, this gleaming museum is a brilliant repository of ancient Greek sculpture. It provides a superb introduction to the Parthenon. About $6.

Where to stay


16 Epikourou St.

Psirri, Athens



A serviced apartment in a beautifully renovated 1930s modernist building. Bordering on a rough but lively part of Athens, it’s a 15-minute walk to the Acropolis or to Syntagma Square. Sleeps up to 14, about $3,000 a week.

Where to eat


15 Persefonis

Gazi, Athens


Fish restaurant. Eat anything, including meat dishes from the nearby restaurant, same owner. Beautifully done,

minimal but exquisite interior decoration. Casually classy.

Starters about $4-$9, entrees about $10-$22.

Jimmy’s Fish Tavern

Vathi Bay, Methana


Rustic, fresh, real, all cooked by Rula, whose husband’s fishing boat lies at anchor in the bay across the road.

Don’t order, just take what comes. Starters about $3-$8, entrees about $8-$13.