Athens is surrounded by many beautiful and popular beaches. The best beaches are situated in the south-east coast, in the district of Glyfada.
Glyfada is a big town, south of Athens center where wealthy Athenians go to relax themselves in their second residences, which are often huge villas. Located on the coast, it is one of the most popular places to go during summertime.
This is where most of the Greek population goes to enjoy the incredible quantity of trendy clubs and bars boarding the town and the coast. The town of Glyfada also contains a lot of luxurious shops, hotels and cafes which are particularly crowded during summer. Near the town you can find a lot of private beaches as well as some lovely rocky creeks less crowded than the big sandy beaches.
Just two miles south of Glyfada lies Voúla, home to two amazing organised beaches and the Riviera’s biggest beach clubs. Enjoy during the day a colourful summer setting that brings to mind a real amusement park with modern beach bars, jet ski equipment, beach volleyball courts, a vibrant dance deck and exciting waterslides, whereas at night you can enjoy a cocktail in one of the districts elegant clubs!
With one of the best set up, this beach offers every thing you need to really enjoy your day: tennis and volleyball courts, play area for children, water slide, individual cabins and a restaurant. To reach Vouliagmeni Beach you need to catch one bus from Glyfada.
A marina and a brace of private beaches are its trademarks whereas the picturesque harbour offers stunning views of the distant Saronic Gulf islands. Astir beach, with its shallow, delicately turquoise water, smooth sand, excellent facilities and blue flag certification for cleanliness is one of Attica’s most luxurious and most popular beaches. Opposite Astir beach lies the public beach, which has no facilities and therefore no entry fee. If we add the bustling nightlife, the elegant cafes and restaurants and the luxurious hotels, Vouliagméni is definitely a summer hotspot that you cannot afford to miss!
Vouliagméni Lake, only a five-minute walk from the little square in the centre of the town, lies “sunk” (Vouliagméni meaning sunk) in the remains of a huge limestone cave fed by lukewarm springs welling from underground. The lake’s mineral and brackish waters feel absolutely silky while swimming whereas it is reportedly healing for rheumatism and arthritis! You can enjoy a swim in its cool and beautiful water as well as a drink at the nice café positioned in the edge of the lake.
The sandy beach at Varkiza is the most far away from the town center; therefore it is one of the less crowded in the south-east coast. This beach offers tennis and volleyball courts which can be hired per hour, day or evening, water slide, snack bars and a play area for children.An outstanding seascape unfolds with impressive coves below the coastal road. You will have the chance to swim in free or organised beaches with azure waters, to exercise your favourite water sports or enjoy a delicious meal in a picturesque taverna by the sea while sipping a glass of ouzo which perfectly complements fresh seafood!
The coastal road continues through marvellous tourist resorts such as Lagonissi and Saronida and ends at Cape Sounio, Attica¢s southeastern tip.
Situated at 65km from Athens, this is an amazing site that can’t be missed. Majestic, rising out of the Aegean, this splendid rocky promontory carry on its highest point the Temple of Poseidon.
Watching the sunset filling the sky with every shade of mauve and pink and making the sea glowing like a sapphire is an unforgettable experience that will weave a powerful spell over you.
Near the temple you can find some nice beaches. Some are owned by hotels but there are a lot of free public beaches as well and some seaside stretches (along the bus route) which are always almost empty.