Attica – Athens
Athens is famous for the sightseeing and not for the beaches; however it has many beautiful beaches on the southern and north eastern side of Attica peninsula. There are hundreds of miles of coastline around Athens and Attica and so not surprisingly there are very good beaches to visit. Most visitors to Greece think only the Greek islands have good beaches, however all the coastline from Glyfada to Cape Sounion have nice organized as well as secluded coves.. There is every kind of beach you can think of with in easy travelling distance from Athens. There are rocky beaches, sandy beaches, organized, public, private, rocky coves covering all the needs of visitors. As there are so many beaches in the area, we present you the most famous beaches.
Glyfada is located in the coast, one of the most famous places during the summer season. Glyfada is actually an area very popular with tourists, many Greeks own holiday homes there, and has many beaches both sandy and rocky, usually organized. These beaches get very crowded (especially weekends) as they are so close to Athens, 20 minutes by tram or by bus from the city centre.
Vouliagmeni is just south of Glyfada, 23km from Athens and is both very popular and organized. This beach offers every thing you need to really enjoy your day: tennis and volleyball courts, play grounds for children, water sports and much more. To reach the beach you need to get a bus from the city centre to Glyfada and then change from there. The beach is one of the most expensive of Attica, but the services it offers are of high level and quality, one of the pros is that it offers facilities for disabled persons.
Varkiza is big resort town a few miles down the coast from Voulgameni and has a huge sandy beach. Its distance from the centre makes it one of the less crowded of the south-east coast, despite its beauty. Varkiza is a lovely seaside town in the south of Athens, on the way to Sounion; its beach is sandy, well organized and very popular in the summer offering tennis and volleyball courts, water sports and play area for the children.
Lagonisi is situated 40 km south east of Athens on the way to Sounio, a picturesque coves and clean water are the characteristics of the area where many Athenians have their summer houses. The local authorities have added additional sand the entire beach and wooden pathways which are indeed very convenient to walk on. The beach offers exclusive spa services and luxurious changing rooms with running hot & cold water.
Kavouri area is situated 20 km south of Athens easily accessible with public bus, the beaches around the area are very crowded in summer due to its sandy coast ant he shallow water, the best choice for swimming. There are two beaches in Kavouri, Mikro (small) and Megalo (big) Kavouri. The Mikro Kavouri has a small sandy cove, surrounded by few trees and Megalo Kavouri has a large sandy cove with shallow water and few fish taverns.
Alimos is the most popular beach due to closeness to Athens, only 11 km south of Athens. This beach is also overcrowded during the summer with local people and international tourists. A sandy beach with many cafeterias, sports facilities, play are for children and the famous Alimos yachting Marina.