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4 places in Athens with the feeling of an island

Athens ● Athens Riviera ● 02 April 2018
 

Athens, the Greek capital, is a large city, which has a great asset: it combines everything you can imagine. Nightlife, history, culture, food, sea and beaches. Among all these, Athens and the wider region of Attica have some places, where you feel like being on an island. With a unique character and beauty, there you will forget visiting a crowded city and enjoy a totally different experience.

Athens Riviera

Athens in summer is fascinating, and there are many places to spend amazing moments, dance by the sea, swim, sunbathe and eat seafood. The top place among them is Athens Riviera, the coastline that starts from Piraues, passes from the suburbs Faliro, Alimos, Elliniko, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Lagonissi, Saronida and Anavyssos and ends in Cape Sounio. Athens Riviera is characterised by an amazing coastline, wonderful beaches with pine trees and water sports amenities, as well as archaeological points of interests, such as the Temple of Apollon Zoster in Vouliagmeni.



Cape Sounio

The beaches in the district of Sounio, about 60 km from Athens are by far the best beaches you can find in the wider region of Athens, swimming in the Aegean Sea. What makes Sounio so unique is that there starts the Aegean Sea, and at the top of the cliff, is located the ancient temple of Poseidon. Swimming on the beach under the temple, visiting this significant monument and enjoying the view as well as eating mezedes and drinking ouzo in the traditional taverns nearby is a once in a lifetime experience you will always remember.



Anafiotika

Under the hill of Acropolis, is located the neighbourhood of Anafiotika, which took its name by the first residents, who built it and came from the Cycladic island of Anafi. Small colourful houses with Cycladic architecture, narrow paved streets, traditional shops, cafés and bars make this district a hidden gem of Athens under the magnificent shade of Acropolis.



Porto Rafti

On the eastern side, 35 km from Athens, Porto Rafti is a suburb with crystal sea and beach bars that get crowded at weekends. The beach of Avlaki Porto Rafti is a wonderful sandy shore with the clearest waters you can find after Sounio. Gorgeous beaches are also the bays of Agios Spyridon with the small white chapel and Erotospilia, which reminds of Cyclades. Full of young people, Porto Rafti is the ultimate place to swim, eat seafood in traditional taverns and have fun by the sea until the dawn.


Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Exis Boutique  Hotel
8 10
Exis Boutique Hotel
1, Spartis , Amerikis Square, 11252 Athens, Greece

Exis Boutique Hotel is located on Amerikis Square, only 10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. Syntagma, the main square of Athens and the historic part, Plaka, can be reached within 10 minutes using public transportation. Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is at 35 km. Piraeus Port can be reached within 20 minutes with an electric train.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Alma Hotel
6.8 10
Alma Hotel
5, Dorou str., 10432 Athens, Greece

Alma Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station, offering easy access to Athens Railway Station and Piraeus Port.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Galaxy Hotel
Galaxy Hotel
39, Posidonos Ave., Alimos, 17455 Athens, Greece

Galaxy Hotel is located in Alimos, a southern suburb of Athens. Piraeus port is just a 15-minute drive away, offering easy access to the Greek islands. Athens city center is 8 km away.


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