A trip to Athens is mostly associated with visiting the Acropolis, digging into local culinary flavors and strolling through the picturesque streets of Plaka and Monastiraki; but enjoying the deep blue Greek waters isn’t actually at the top of your bucket list for your Athenian holidays.
And rightfully so, as you’ve probably been dazzled by pictures of amazing beaches found in Crete, Mykonos or Santorini; and you’re ready to swim during some Greek island hopping adventures.
As much as we agree on that, we also urge you to explore the Athens Riviera while still in the Greek capital, as one of the greatest ways to round up your visit.
The good thing about Athens’ beaches is they feature crystal clear waters and sandy shorelines that are easily accessible to the public.
After all, the greater Athens area features the longest coastline of any European capital.
More specifically, south of the city center lies the gem of the Athens Riviera. If you pass through the suburbs of Glyfada and Voula, you’ll most likely start feeling like you’re on an island, driving down that seaside road from Vouliagmeni.
The most iconic beach is undeniably Astir Beach in Vouliagmeni (Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel), offering literally everything you might want for a day by the seaside. Spongy sun beds as well as full showers for rinsing after your dives and a bar ready to offer you any delicacy you might think of, are a clear assurance that all your needs will be catered for.
The beach can get crowded, especially at the weekends, but there’s always a sign at the entrance that announces if the lounge chairs have all been rented out.
Your clear alternative is located a little further past Vouliagmeni, at Yabanaki Beach, also easily accessible from the center of Athens. Inside again you’ll find all the amenities to enjoy a full day on the water. From sun beds, to massages, to a huge variety of activities to do, including windsurf and Sup lessons, and beach volley ball tournaments.
And for a totally luxurious five-star beach experience, look no further than the Grand Resort Lagonissi. The setting is simply magical and the service you will get is impeccable.
Last but not least, the Cape of Sounio at the tip of the Attica peninsula offers the chance to combine a sandy beach day at the Hotel Aegeon with a visit to the incredible Temple of Poseidon and enjoy an incredible sunset view, which will end up being one of your favorite experiences in Athens!
Cover Photo Credit: Brian Solis