Summer Staycation: Athens, Greece
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Summer vacations are practically made for travel- gorgeous beaches, hot sand, fancy cocktails. Not to mention the countless pictures you will post on Instagram, showing off these so-called fabulous getaways.
But what if this summer you are unable to travel? We know, what a terrifying thought! While all your friends seem to be having the time of their lives on some tropical island in the Caribbean, you’re stuck at home. And the more you scroll through Instagram, the more FOMO you are bound to have.
Although nearly 50% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated, other countries in the world have not been as effective at rolling out doses of the vaccine. In fact, COVID-19 infections are increasing in Greece, with about 2,689 new infections reported on average each day.
(Check out this blog post to learn more about TEFL and the latest COVID-19 Info.)
It is obviously a priority for all individuals to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. While there is still a high risk of infection in many European countries, individuals can still enjoy their summer holiday in a safe and enjoyable way.
Millions of people around the world are opting for a different kind of vacation. People are learning that they can have just as much fun in their own neighbourhoods. A positive outlook on the situation here is key!
You don’t need a fancy destination to have an awesome summer. Who knows, you may be shocked to learn that there are so many unique and unknown experiences that your hometown has to offer. And in a place like Greece, you are bound to find countless activities to do and places to explore.
Read on for our list of things to do on your Summer Staycation in Athens, Greece.
Living in a city as vibrant as Athens should be something to appreciate. From its rich history imprinted in its incredible ruins to its traditional architecture and delicious cuisine, there are so many reasons to be proud of living in Athens.
If you have taken away anything from European history, you must know that it is considered the birthplace of Western civilisation. Countless artistic and intellectual ideas that have heavily impacted our history came directly from Athens. Philosophers, scientists, and artists had called Athens their home.
Yes, of course, the Acropolis is perhaps the most emblematic site not just of the city, but of the entire country of Greece. As a local, you’ve seen the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, and the Parthenon plenty of times. But there are many other reasons why Athens is a great place to call home. Your summer staycation in Athens is sure to be one you won’t ever forget!
1. Visit One of Kolonaki’s Cafés
Athen’s is a cosmopolitan city made up of a collection of villages, each with its own personal flair. Kolonaki, located north of Syntagma square, is a stylish neighbourhood equipped with some of the city’s best cafés.
Start your day the Greek way by heading to one of Kolonaki’s cafés for a coffee and pastry. Bring along that book you’ve been putting off reading and enjoy a slow morning.
If you can’t make it to Kolonaki in the morning, definitely head back there later in the evening, where you can go bar-hopping with friends.
2. Check out the Artifacts at Acropolis Museum
If you’re feeling a bit on the touristy side, head to the Acropolis Museum, With more than 3,000 artifacts from the Acropolis, this museum is considered one of the most important in all of Greece. Explore the 92 metopes that were once part of the Parthenon, which depict Greek mythology and legendary battles.
Or head to the first floor to see works like the Propylaea, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. In the Archaic Gallery, you can find many artists with a sketch pad, using the ancient god and goddess figures as their muse.
After your visit, grab lunch and a cup of coffee at the museum’s restaurant and take in the breathtaking views of the Acropolis.
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3. Have a Picnic in The National Gardens
With the Mediterranean heat, summer in Athens is the perfect opportunity for spending as much time as you can outside. Largely underrated, we think picnics are one of the best summer activities.
Located behind the Parliament, the National Gardens is an area with lush greens and flowers. It is the perfect place to escape the noisy city centre and relax in the peaceful gardens.
Pack a lunch from home, or pick up your go-to meal at your favourite restaurant and head over to enjoy a delicious meal with friends. Pick a nice spot on one of the many lawns and sprawl out with your spread. The gardens make the perfect backdrop to a cute, wholesome Instagram post!
4. Sunbath on the Beaches of the Athenian Riviera
As one of the most-visited cities in the world, bringing in over 5 million tourists every year, Athens can get pretty crowded in the summer. If you are in need of an escape from the city, we recommend taking a day trip out to one of the beautiful beaches of the Athenian Riviera.
There are dozens of beaches and spots for swimming dotted around the coast of Attica. These beaches range from casual local spots to organized luxury options. If you’re looking to skip the ferry ride and find a beach a short drive away from the city, these beaches are the perfect option for you.
Perfect for those in need of some pampering, Astrid Beach is one of the few beaches that requires an entrance fee. However, their full range of high-quality services like free WiFi and luxurious sun-loungers make it worth your money. The beach also offers a wide range of foods and drinks all day long.
Thalassea is another popular spot for swimming near Athens. The gorgeous beach offers a range of services, and in the summers there are weekly beach parties featuring local singers. Additional beaches worthy of visiting include Yabanaki, Edem, Kape Beach, Asimakis, Schinias, and Dikastika.
5. Watch the sunset in Sounio
At the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula is the city of Sounion, about a 35km journey ( an hour drive) from Athens. Aside from its lovely beaches, it’s also the site of the Temple of Poseidon. Catch the sun setting from your position at the top of the temple, with the backdrop of the crystal blue waters.
Additionally, Sounion Beach is another great place to catch views of the Temple. With plenty of beach amenities like umbrellas and sun loungers, you can soak up the sun while feeling immersed in the culture.
Along the ocean, there are multiple tavernas and great spots for fresh seafood. Enjoy a delicious fish dinner caught only a few hours before while you enjoy the superb views. We recommend Taverna Syrtaki or Theodoros & Eleni Fish Tavern.
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- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by Everything TEFL Ltd but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that Everything TEFL Ltd securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to Everything TEFL Ltd collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think Everything TEFL Ltd has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the Everything TEFL Ltd processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the Everything TEFL Ltd has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, Everything TEFL Ltd is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the Everything TEFL Ltd.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to Everything TEFL Ltd, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.