Bilal’s first European adventure landed him smack dab in the middle of the Athens Coast- Glyfada.
Why did you choose to stay along the coast (versus other areas in Athens)?
I have never been to Greece before, or Europe for that matter, and my friend suggested we travel to Athens, Greece for a summer vacation. He is well versed in all things Greece, as he’s traveled there several times in the past.
I do not know much about Greek culture, or the country in general, so I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to experience authentic Greek culture and learn more about Greece’s rich history.
We chose to stay in Glyfada because my friend fell in love with it while staying there for his study abroad program. After doing some research myself, I had no objection.
We would be near downtown Athens and the Acropolis, beaches were walking distance away, and the streets were sprawling with shops, cafes, restaurants, and nightlife. This all sounded good to me!
Which is your favorite beach and why?
That’s a tough one. It would have to be Limanakia, due to its geological beauty and contrast from an ordinary “beach”.
Having grown up on Long Island, New York, a beach to me meant stretches of soft sand and large waves. This was nothing like that. I got to lay out on the rocks, dive into the crystal clear waters, and enjoy a drink and vibe out to the cool tunes playing from the beach bar. I would definitely come here again.
What is your favorite area to spend time in during the day and why?
Besides hanging out at the beaches catching some rays, my favorite place to be during the day was at a local café/restaurant.
I liked trying the variety of different foods available and/or enjoying a delicious frappe (thanks to my friend for introducing me to those). I enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and getting to know the local vibe.
Also, I enjoyed going into Athens and exploring the museums and shops to get a feel of their culture and learn about their history. The Acropolis was breathtaking.
For a night out, which area do you prefer and why?
In my short time in Athens, I only experienced a taste of the exuberant nightlife. I would definitely prefer to grab some dinner, and then head to a beach bar where you can enjoy a few drinks and dance through the night (on the sand) with killer tunes and the beautiful views behind you.
Do you have any tips for someone who is visiting the Athens Coast for the first time?
Come hungry! The food is delicious and there are myriad of restaurants with tons of delicious food to try.
Eat as much halloumi as you can!
Also, take your time – and by that I mean slow down and really immerse yourself in the lifestyle and culture.
Lastly, get to know the bus/tram/metro routes and schedules, they are very reliable and necessary for getting around.
What should the rest of the world know about the Athens Coast?
The Athens Coast gives you an authentic feel of Greek culture, void of any major tourist traps. Instead of just feeling like you’re in another major city, you can kick back and enjoy a laid back and friendly atmosphere, all with a lovely view of the Aegean Sea right by your side.