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Amazing beaches in Athens: the feeling of being on an island

Athens ● 31 March 2017

The good news about Athens is that it offers the traveller many different things to do. Archaeological sites, vivid nightlife, neoclassical architecture, museums, shopping and gastronomic tourism are only some of the things you can do in Athens. But in the summer, there is something more interesting to do: swim in one of the amazing beaches that you can find in a close distance to Athens Center. The feeling is great because you have visited a capital, a metropolis with its busy life, but at the same moment, you realise that you can do the activities of summer vacations on an island: sunbathe under the warm sun, swim in crystal waters, do summer sports and eat in taverns by the sea. These are the top beaches in Athens, which will make you forget that you are in a big, noisy city.

1. Sounio

The beaches in the district of Sounio, about 60 km from Athens, are by far the best beaches you can find in Attica, swimming in the Aegean Sea. K.A.P.E. is a small bay with turquoise waters, but it is not organised, while Legraina is a long, sandy beach with sunbeds and two beach bars. A wonderful beach is also that under the hill, where the ancient Temple of Poseidon is located. It has sunbeds, umbrellas and two traditional taverns with seafood. The feeling of swimming and eating with the breathtaking view of the temple is unforgettable. All of these beaches have no entrance fee. You can go to Sounio by public road transport.


2. Vouliagmeni

In Athens Riviera, just 25 km from Athens Center, two wonderful and organised beaches are among the best choices for swimming in a close distance to Athens Center. Asteras Resort and Plage of Vouliagmeni have clear waters and facilities for water sports, such as ski, surf, kite surf, canoeing and water games. They are family-friendly thanks to their activities and their shallow waters. The entrance fee in Asteras Resort is 30€ and in Plage Vouliagmeni 5€. You can go there by bus.


3. Porto Rafti

On the east side of Athens, 30 km from Athens Center, the beach of Avlaki Porto Rafti is a wonderful sandy shore with the clearest waters you can find after Sounio. The plage has Blue Flag thanks to its crystal waters and the facilities it offers, such as sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bar, lifeguard and locker rooms. It is also family-friendly because together with the abovementioned, it is an enclosed place that offers also free parking. The entrance fee is 7€, and you can go there by public road transport from Athens Center.

4. Anavyssos

At the end of Athens Riviera, about 40 km from Athens Center, the beach of Anavyssos is an organised beach with sunbeds, umbrellas and beach bars without entrance fee. This plage is considered among the best beaches in Greece for windsurfing, but it is also located in a wonderful district with many restaurants, cafes and bars to have fun after swimming. You can go there by public road transport.


5. Rafina

On the northeast side of Attica, in the district of Rafina, 25 km from Athens Center, is located the beach Kokkino Limanaki (Red Port), an impressive shore with red sand. It is not organised, but on the hill above the beach, you can find a modern café-restaurant with breathtaking view. You can go there by bus.

6. Schinias

On the north side of Attica, 50 km from Athens Center, the beaches of Marathon-Schinias are organised and ideal for water sports, such as canoeing and ski. Some of them have no entrance-fee, but you have to pay for the umbrellas, while other have an entrance fee of about 5-10€, but the sunbeds are free. They are perfect for young people as well as for families. The most famous beach in Schinias, Karavi, is a beautiful place with pool, two beach bars, grass, lifeguard, beach volley, loud music and many events. You can go there by public road transport.

7. Faliro and Alimos

The beaches of Faliro and Alimos Athens are located in the closest distance to Athens, only 10-15 km from Athens Center, where Athens Riviera begins. They are organised, with sunbeds, umbrellas, modern beach bars and traditional taverns with seafood. The most amazing thing with these beaches is that you can go there by tram or bus in only 30 minutes.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Aegli Hotel
Aegli Hotel
1, Karaiskaki & Iera Odos ave., Chaidari, 12461 Athens, Greece

Aegli hotel is situated in Haidari area, close to the city center. The nearby Agia Marina metro station favors direct access to Athens Airport, Piraeus Port and many vibrant areas of the city.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Chris Hotel
8.5 10
Chris Hotel
6, Potamou str., 14564 Athens, Greece

Hotel Chris is situated in a quiet spot in Nea Kifisia, 100 m from the E75 motorway and 2 km from Kifisia Train Station. Athens city center can be reached within approximately 30 minutes using the electric train. Athens International Airport is at 38 km.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Elikon Hotel
7.9 10
Elikon Hotel
3, Dorou str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Located in the centre of Athens, Elikon Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro station, making transport easy throughout Athens. Piraeus Port is only 20 minutes away using the metro.