Courtesy: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Carefree days on Blue Flag beaches. Heady nights drinking cocktails beneath the Acropolis, or dancing under the stars at an outdoor concert by the sea. Athens has all the ingredients for the perfect summer romance.

Enjoy a weekend escape from Athens on elegant Hydra.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Great things to do in Athens in July

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Hit the Athens coast to discover unspoiled swimming coves like these.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Take in a magical open-air performance at the ancient Epidaurus theatre.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

The Athens coast has many great spots like this for windsurfers and kitesurfers.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Great things to do in Athens in August

Get lost in the cobbled lanes of romantic Anafiotika beneath the Parthenon.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

Go for the epic sunset, then stay for the August full moon at Poseidon's Temple, high above the sea in Cape Sounion.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis