Thursday 24 December 2015

Vegan Delights in Athens: A Culinary Odyssey from Larnaca

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Embarking on one of the speedy flights from Larnaca to Athens extends beyond a mere transition between two Mediterranean destinations; it's a voyage through time, seamlessly weaving the historical tapestry of Cyprus into the captivating allure of Athens, Greece (we previously wrote about house sitting in Athens on our sister blog). As the aircraft graces the azure skies, the anticipation of exploring Athens' ancient wonders and contemporary treasures takes flight, especially for those seeking a vegan experience in this historic city!

The Aegean Connection

Flights from Larnaca to Athens not only provide a direct link from the sun-drenched beaches of Cyprus to the cradle of Western civilization but also open the door to a vegan paradise in Athens. The relatively short flight duration ensures a swift and comfortable journey, ushering travellers into a city where every stone whispers tales of antiquity and every plate holds the promise of vegan delights.

Arrival in Athens

Touching down at Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, marks the commencement of a vegan journey into a city that serves as the living testament to Greece's cultural legacy. The airport's modernity seamlessly blends with the historical weight carried by the city it serves, setting the stage for a vegan exploration.

Exploring Athens' Vegan Splendours:

Here's some places we recommend checking out in Athens as a vegan:

#1. Acropolis and Parthenon:

Commence your odyssey at the Acropolis, an ancient citadel perched above the city. The Parthenon, an iconic temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, stands as an enduring symbol of classical Greek architecture.

#2. The Plaka District

Immerse yourself in the charming ambiance of the Plaka district, a neighbourhood at the foot of the Acropolis. Cobbled streets, neoclassical architecture, vibrant cafes with vegan-friendly options and especially our favourite vegan bakehouse in Athens, Holy Llama create an atmosphere will prepare you for the best of Athens' vegan scene... which can be found mostly north of the historical Plaka district.

#3. Further Vegan Restaurants:

Delve into Greece's rich vegan offerings at the city's vegan restaurants. From traditional vegan moussaka to plant-based souvlaki, Athens offers a comprehensive journey through the country's vegan culinary delights. We recommend checking out Vegan Beat, Plan(e)t Ice Cream and Early Bites.

#4. Monastiraki Square:

Explore the lively Monastiraki Square, known for its flea market and souvernir stalls. From traditional antiques to plant-based souvenirs, it's a treasure trove of Greek craftsmanship and memorabilia. Chimopoieio juice bar has some great vegan options there!

Why Visit Athens as a Vegan

Athens beckons with a harmonious blend of ancient marvels and wonderful modern vegan scene. The city's historical significance, combined with its vibrant street life, creates an atmosphere that appeals to both history enthusiasts and contemporary vegan explorers! Flights from Larnaca to Athens not only traverse geographical distances but also bridge the Mediterranean warmth of Cyprus with the timeless grandeur of Athens, offering vegans a unique opportunity to witness archaeological wonders, savour culinary delights (and great fruit and veg!), embracing the warm embrace of Hellenic hospitality. Visiting Athens as a vegan is not just a journey; it's an immersion into a city where the echoes of philosophers and poets reverberate through the streets and every step is a dance with the spirits of the ancient world.

What about you, have you ever tried being vegan in Athens? Feel free to share any tips & advice below!

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