Beaches

On the southern edge of the Greek capital lies the alluring Apollo Coast, also known as the Athenian Riviera. Located only 16km south of the historical center of Athens, the Athens Riviera is an almost infinite rocky coastline filled with idyllic beaches, palm trees and glamorous restaurants.

 

Apollo coast beaches

Both public and private beaches line the Riviera’s 48km stretch of coastline, many of which have met the stringent quality standards to earn Blue Flag accreditation. The privately operated, stylish beachside venues feature luxury sunbeds, volleyball courts and gourmet dining options. The public, state-run beaches are just as beautiful without admission fees to worry about. Amenities like umbrellas or loungers – if available – cost a few euros. Limanakia is perfect for those seeking to dive off the rocks into the crystal-clear water. Mikro Kavouri is a picturesque rocky beach with a great lookout point to enjoy views of the Saronic Gulf. Thymari beach is a local favourite known for its shallow turquoise sea

Anavissos beach

Athenians head to the Riviera beach town of Anavissos for two things: windsurfing and great seafood. The beaches here are less crowded, the water is extra clean and the scenery beautiful. Anavissos is home to a variety of simple fish taverns with dining areas overlooking the sea. For traditional Greek dining, join the locals at the authentic culinary experience.

Therapeutic waters of lake Vouliagmeni

Almost hidden off the main beach road, Lake Vouliagmeni’s entrance is easy to miss but that would be a mistake. It is named after a Greek word for ‘sunken’ and legend has it that a lost city fell into the deep lake which is bordered by a huge limestone cave. Managed as a stylish resort, its 24°C therapeutic waters boast mineral properties proven to heal various skin problems, rheumatism and arthritis.

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