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Athens Riviera: where the heart of summer beats

Athens ● 01 July 2017

Athens is no more a destination for two days, just a short stop before going to the islands. Athens is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for 2017, and many travellers will visit it for their summer vacations. The news for them are exciting: 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 Piraeus, passes from the suburbs Faliro, Alimos, Elliniko, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni and ends in Cape Sounio, where the Aegean Sea begins. Athens Riviera is marked 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 Poseidon in Sounio and the Temple of Apollo Zoster in Asteras Hotel.

In Athens Riviera, there are also many bars, night clubs and chic restaurants for unforgettable moments under the stars. You can go to Akrotiri, the best summer live stage in Athens, eat coffee in Balux in Glufada in a scenery that reminds of exotic resorts or eat sushi and dance until the dawn in Island, an amazing place in Varkiza, at the edge of a cliff by the sea, which makes you feel exactly like being on an island.

Athens Riviera

In Athens Riviera, are located also the most beautiful beaches close to Athens centre. The beaches of Alimos, Glufada, Voula and Vouliagmeni give you a perfect opportunity to get out of Athens Center, which can be very hot during July and August, and only within half an hour, feel on your face the sea breeze and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Saronic Gulf.

Generally, some of the wonderful beaches of Attica are in the coast of Athens Riviera. The beaches of Anavyssos, Thimari and of course Sounio, where you can have an amazing view of the temple of Poseidon on the cliff, overlooking the Aegean Sea, are so beautiful that they can literally compete the beaches of Cyclades. Is there something more exciting than swimming in the Aegean Sea, just one hour from Athens Center, admiring the ancient temple imposing the whole scenery and then eat seafood and drink ouzo under the stars, with the salt of the sea on your skin?

If you want to swim in a peaceful scenery, away from the crowds, Vouliagmeni Lake is also a nice spot for swimming in crystal waters and sunbathing in Athens Riviera. At the lake, a rare geological phenomenon waits to be discovered. The waters are continuously refreshed by the sea, which is next to the lake, as well as by the underground thermal springs. At the edge of the lake, near the impressive rocks, starts a labyrinth-like underwater cave with 14 tunnels. Among them, there is one, which reaches the 800 meters, making it the longest in the world. There is also a huge stalagmite in the cave, which gives the lake a mysterious and interesting character. The living world of the lake includes a variety of unique organisms, living in the green waters of this aquatic paradise. Among them, you can admire a sea anemone, species of sponges and molluscs and the fish Garra Rufa, which is known worldwide because it provides skin exfoliation and it is used in many fish spas.

Vouliagmeni Lake

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Galini Palace
7.9 10
Galini Palace
95, K.Karamanlis Str., Voula, 16673 Athens, Greece

Located in Voula, on the Athenian Riviera, Galani Palace is just a 6-minute walk from the beach. It is 21 km away from Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" and 20 km away from Piraeus Port. Athens city centre is 16 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Sparta Team Hotel
8 10
Sparta Team Hotel
21, Menandrou Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Sparta Team Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 8-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station and Monastiraki Metro Station. The port of Piraeus is 11 km away.

Hostel in Athens, Greece Student and Travellers Inn
8.9 10
Student and Travellers Inn
16, Kidathinaion str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Student and Travellers Inn – the first hostel in Greece since 1977 is located in the heart of Plaka, right below the Acropolis. Traditional cobbled streets full of taverns, shops, cafes are right at our hostel's doorstep. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 600 m, while the lively Monastiraki square is at 800 m. The nearest metro station and the bus stop for the X95 Airport Bus can be reached within a 7-minute walk.