Athens beaches

Athens beaches

Athens has the privilege of being one of the few European capitals that has close access to clean beaches ideal for swimming. Across the coastline of Attica there are dozens of organized beaches. By renting a car in Athens, you can visit the well-known beaches of Attica that stretch around Athens and the suburbs.

Let there be light! Said Liberty, And like the sunrise from the sea, Athens arose!

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Beaches of Athens

Athens is surrounded by many beautiful and popular beaches. The best beaches are situated in the south-east coast, in the district of Glyfada, but most of them are private so you need to pay to enjoy your swim. The north-east of the city also offers you great and peaceful beaches, near the district of Marathon. You can also find some Athens beaches in the east coast of Athens, near the little port of Rafina, but they are often really crowded.

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Athens Riviera

Glyfada is a big town, south of Athens centre where wealthy Athenians go to relax themselves in their second residences, which are often huge villas.
Located on the coast, it is one of the most popular places to go during summertime.
This is where most of the Greek population goes to enjoy the incredible quantity of trendy clubs and bars boarding the town and the coast. The town of Glyfada also contains a lot of luxurious shops, hotels and cafes which are particularly crowded during summer. Near the town you can find a lot of private beaches as well as some lovely rocky creeks less crowded than the big sandy beaches.

Situated at 65km from Athens, this is an amazing site that can’t be missed. Majestic, rising out of the Aegean, this splendid rocky promontory carry on its highest point the Temple of Poseidon. Constructed around 600 BC it was destroyed in 480 BC by the Persians and rebuilt in 440 BC by Pericles. If you look closely at the Doric columns rising above the coast you can find, on one of them, the signature of Lord Byron who was so captured by the beauty and the grace of the temple that he included it in his paean to Greek independence in his poem “Isles of Greece”.
An hour from the temple you can find some nice beaches. Some are owned by hotels which charge you to let you swim but you there are a lot of free public beaches as well and some seaside stretches (along the bus route) which are always almost empty.

This region situated at 42km north-east of Athens is a well-known site where the famous battle of Marathon took place in 490 BC, between the Greeks and the Persian army. After the bloody battle, a messenger named Pheidippides ran 42km to Athens to announce the victory of the Greeks and then died from exhaustion. This story is the origin of the marathon foot race in witch today runners trace Pheidippides route.
8km from the town of Marathon you can fin the Lake Marathon which is faced with a huge Pentelic marble dam (50m high and stretching for 300m), marble that was used to build the Parthenon.

This lake was Athens’ sole water source until 1956. Nearby, in the little site of Ramnous overlooking the sea, you can admire the beautiful ruins of the Doric Temple of Nemesis (435 BC), goddess of retribution as well as the 6th-century small temple of Themis, goddess of justice and law. If you want to stay in a historic context, you can also visit the Archaeological Museum of Marathonas.

This interesting region also offers some little rocky inlets with clean and nice water as well as the really long and beautiful beach of Schinias.

On Attica’s east coast, this is the second most important port for passenger ferries and appears like a smaller, quieter and less confusing version of Piraeus. You can take ferries for some islands like Andros, Hydra, Lesvos and Limnos and also for the port of Marmari and Karystos on the island. Otherwise, you can choose to take one of the fine high-speed catamarans for Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, and Amorgos.
Around the area of this lovely port you can find a lot of small beaches and some camping sites.

This sandy and pine-fringed is one of the most famous Athens beaches. It is located in the south-east of Marathon and it is known as the best beach in this part of Attica. Because of its popularity and beauty there are often quite a lot of people, especially during the weekends. This great beach is well-known by windsurfers all overs because it is really long and located in a windy area. There is a good windsurfing club situated at the end of the beach. You can reach this heavenly place easily by bus from the centre of Athens town.

Located on the east coast of Athens, this is the nearest of all Athens beaches. Because of its proximity it’s usually really crowded and quite dirty. But it’s a great place to go by night because it offers a lot of café, bars and fish taverns.

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Best Beaches in Athens, Greece

Kefallinias Beach

Kefallinias

Kefallinias Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 38 km, 50 minutes by car. Beautiful beach with shallow warm water ideal for young children and where they feel very safe.

Voula

Voula Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 20.7 km, 30 minutes by car. It has chairs and a mini beach bar on a platform from which you can jump into the turquoise waters. Entrance: Daily 4 euro, weekends 5 euros.

Glyfada

Glyfada Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 16 km, 25 minutes by car. Glyfada is one of the most popular districts on the Athens Coast. Free access.

Asteras Beach

Glyfada

Asteras Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 20.7 km, 30 minutes by car. There is the possibility of water sports. Entrance: Monday to Friday: Adults: EUR 13, Children (5 to 12 years old): 7 EUR.

Marathonas

Marathonas Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 43 km, 40 minutes by car. The famous long sandy beach. You can do water sports and relax on this clean beach.

Alimos

Kalamaki beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 11 km, 19 minutes by car.
Kalamaki Beach is a beautiful white, pebbled beach with the crystal waters of the Saronic Gulf Sea.

Kavouri Beach

Vouliagmeni

Distance from the center of Athens: 10 km, 15 minutes by car. The set with sun loungers and umbrella is at 6 euros.

Vouliagmeni

Distance from the center of Athens: 24 km, 38 minutes by car. Excellent customer service, great sun beds. Entrance Fee: €18 for adults and €10 for children.

Lagonissi

Blue Beach Lagonissi

Distance from the center of Athens: 31 km, 45 minutes by car. The beach is not organized, but it is nice for beach games as volley and tennis and thus it attracts many people.

Paleo Faliro

Edem beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 19 km, 13 minutes by car.The beach has been awarded the Blue Flag for 11 consecutive years. There is no entry fee.

Sounio

Legraina Beach

Sounio. Distance from the center of Athens: 62.7 km, 1 hour and 15 minutes by car. It does not have sun loungers and umbrellas but it gives you the feeling of being on an island.

East Suburbs

Artemis Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 10 km, 15 minutes by car. The set with sun loungers and umbrella is at 6 euros.

Porto Rafti

Erotospilia Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 42 km, 49 minutes by car. A small beach, with sand, rocks and caves, within a small cove. The beach is well protected from the northern summer winds.

Alimos

Zefiros Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 11 km, 17 minutes by car. Its the closest beach to Athens. Plaza Alimou or Zefiros beach is a large organized sandy beach with regular water and road access.

Vari

Yabanaki beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 21 km, 36 minutes by car. Shallow waters, sports fields with cafes, bars, restaurants, water slides, ideal for families. Enterance:
Monday – Friday 5e.

Sounion

Grand Beach

Lagonissi. Distance from the center of Athens: 33 km, 48 minutes by car. Monday – Friday Adults 8 euros. Weekend & Holidays Adults 17 euros. Children up to 6 years Monday to Sunday & Holidays Free

Alimos

Alimos Beach

Bolivar Beach Bar. Distance from the center of Athens: 9 km, 16 minutes by car. The Sun Coast fulfill all the necessary requirements of an organized beach. Entrance: 5 euros

Vouliagmeni

Vouliagmeni Lake

The Lake of Vouliagmeni is situated at a distance of some 21 kilometers far from the center of Athens and only 100m far from the see. A really relaxing place to go during a hot summer day, the Lake of Vouliagmenis is a natural lake 12m deep. You can enjoy a swim in its cool and beautiful water as well as a drink at the nice café positioned in the edge of the lake.

Palea Fokea

Fokea Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 45 km, 59 minutes by car. The beach is organized with umbrellas and sun beds and the sea is shallow.

Thymari

Thymari beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 48 km, 1h5 minutes by car.Quiet environment, crystal clear and shallow water suitable for families with young children and for elderly people.
The beach is not organized.

East Attica

Porto Rafti Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 43.3 km, 52 minutes by car. It has umbrellas and deck chairs, but if you prefer the shade you can lay your οwn towel under the trees.

Pireas

Votsalakia Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 11 km, 16 minutes by car. Votsalakia is one of the best options for those who do not want to leave the city. The coast is pebbled, yet it is very clean.

Lavreotiki

Aegeon Βeach

Distance from the center of Athens: 68 km, 1h11 minutes by car. The beach is clean, sandy, well-organized, with a beach bar and a special place for those who stay in the hotel equipped with luxury sun beds.

Keratea

Charakas Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 54 km, 1h06 minutes by car. Harakas beach is the ideal solution for those looking for an alternative free of charge beach.

Loutsa

Kokkino Limanaki

Distance from the center of Athens: 32 km, 41 minutes by car. North of Rafina, is one of the most famous beaches in the area, the Red Beach. It is not organized but gathers enough people. This particular creek is situated at 1,5km from the port of Rafina. Small and quiet, this place is going to intrigue you with its peculiar red cliff witch is boarding the sandy beach. Nearby thus creek you can find a blue and white sign indicating one of the few camping site in the area.

Corinthian Bay

Porto Germeno

Distance from the center of Athens: 66 km, 1 hour and 29 minutes by car. Pebble beach. Τhere are various taverns next to the beach.

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Artemida Βeach

Distance from the center of Athens: 66 km, 1 hour and 29 minutes by car. Pebble beach. Τhere are various taverns next to the beach.

Keratea

Keratea Beach

Distance from the center of Athens: 43.3 km, 52 minutes by car. It has umbrellas and deck chairs, but if you prefer the shade you can lay your towel under the trees.