Best Beaches in Athens

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

The great thing about Athens is that it’s the only european capital that is so close to some incredible tropical beaches within a 1 hour bus ride or drive and they are mostly located in the southern suburbs of the city. If you are in Athens and you are looking to get some sun and sand then this is the list of the best beaches in Athens, or what is noawadays called the “Athens Riviera“:

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Yes, this beach is literally 45 minutes from the center of Athens (Syntagma square) and it is called Vouliagmeni Beach

Athens has some impressive beaches in its southern suburbs close to Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Vari, Saronida, Lagonissi and even Cape Sounion.

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They are all reachable with public transportation (buses and tram mainly) but you can also take a taxi or (even better) rent a car for one day or two and explore some of them at your own pace.

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A rough map showing where the best beaches in Athens are: in the southern areas after Glyfada

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So, the best beaches in Athens are:

VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW

  • Is it worth going to a beach in Athens: you may think that Athens is only for sightseeing but apparently there are lots of nice sandy beaches across its coastline and are definitely worth your visit if you have the time. They have al been certified with a Blue Flag which means they have very clear waters and sand. Obviously you are still close in a 5 million people city so you should not expect them to be as pure and clear as in the greek islands but there is definitely nothing wrong with them

  • Best Beach in Athens: many people consider Saronida the best beach near Athens but honestly they are all very good

  • Best Beach for Families with kids in Athens: I believe that Vouliagmeni beach and Saronida beach are ideal for families becauue of all the amenities that are around. Vouliagmeni beach is ticketed though (10 euros per adult – kids under 11 go free)

  • When can you actually swim in the beaches near Athens: you can swim whenver you feel comfortable to be honest but all beaches are at their best in June, July , August and September when the waters are very warm and the ambient temperatures are more than 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). Bear in mind that Athens beaches are very busy during the weekends when Athenians visit them but not that busy during the weekdays
  • Tickets: some of the beaches on this list have an entrance ticket which is basically paying for your umbrella and sunbed (usually between 5-15 euros); please ask before you enter and make it clear how much you have to pay before entering andd what is actually included in the price

1. Kalamaki Beach (Edem)

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Kalamaki Beach is the most easily accessible beach and the closest one to the center of Athens and Syntagma Square

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2. Glyfada Beach

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Glyfada is a lovely southern suburb of Athens that used to be the busiest beach of the city back in the 60’s and is still an easy to access lovely sandy beach with umbrellas

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3. Voula Beach

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Voula is another southern suburb next to Glyfada that also has a lovely sandy and organized beach that you have to pay a ticket to get in

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4. Kavouri Beach

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Kavouri is a beach in a lovely green area close to Vouliagmeni with a few big hotels around and some rich Athenians’ villas

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5. Vouliagmeni Beach

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Vouliagmeni in my opinion is the best beach you can visit close to Athens and very easy to access with just a bus from Syntagma Square; you have to pay a ticket though to enter the beach

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6. Vouliagmeni Lake

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Though technically not a beach but a lake with sea water, this is an extraordinary small lake just a few meters away from the actual beach with dramatic rocks around and some of the deepest waters in Europe

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7. Varkiza Beach

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Varkiza beach has one of the best beach bars in Athens called Yabanaki with clear waters and a lovely restaurant

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8. Lomvarda Beach

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Lomvarda beach is also called “Mojito Bay” and it’s a lovely beach with crystal clear waters after Varkiza

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9. Althea Beach

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Althea beach is a secluded beach with pebbles and turquoise waters

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10. Eden Beach

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Eden beach is a super small beach by the seaside road with a small beach bar

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11. Saronida Beach

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Saronida is a famous holiday resort close to Athens with a long sandy beach which is ideal for families

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12. Lagonissi Beach

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Lagonissi has one of the most impressive hotels in seaside Athens with a nice beach bar that you have to pay for sunbeds and umbrellas

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13. Anavissos Beach

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Anavissos beach has a lovely organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas

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14. Mavro Lithari Beach

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Mavro Lithari is in my opinion another great option for families with kids but also a bit further from Athens as well

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15. Palea Fokea Beach

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Palea Fokea is further south and it’s a small resort town with a a sandy beach and great fish taverns and restaurants

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16. Thimari Beach

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Thimari is a cute small beach with a simple beach bar close to cape Sounion

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17. Charakas Beach

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Harakas is a personal favourite as it’s a long sandy beach with some amenities but a bit further from Athens; the best way to reach it is by car

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18. Kape Beach

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Kape is one of the cutest bays close to Athens (but not that close… with an excellent beach bar and cafe that overlooks the small bay

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19. Legrena Beach

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Legrena is a lovely resort town with a sandy beach that is mostly visited by locals

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20. Sounion Beach

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If you want to swim next to one of the most well preserved temples of ancient Greece, then Sounio beach has you covered with excellent views of the famous Poseidon Temple and golden sand

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21. Porto Rafti Beach

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The north-east suburbs of Athens have some equally impressive beaches such Erotospilia in Porto Rafti town

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22. Loutsa Beach

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Loutsa beach is a lovely beach town north east of Athens and close to the Athens Airport with a clean and decent beach

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23. Pountazeza Beach

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Pountazeza beach is another great option for families on the north east side of Athens

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24. Schinias Beach

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Schinias is not just a massive long beach but a Natural Park that is well protected by the law and one of the largest mangrove forests in Europe

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CONCLUSION

So, these are the best Beaches in Athens. If you only have time for one or two beaches then let those be Vouliagmeni or Saronida Beach. Both of them are extremely family friendly with beautiful golden sand, organized amenities and beach bars with fully equiped restaurants. Vouliagmeni is a ticketed beach but the ticket includes the price of the umbrella and the sunbed and of course free use of all amenities such as showers and changing kiosks. The Athens Local Bus can take you to most of these beaches but unfortunately the buses in Athens can be unreliable and they won’t drop you close to the beach sometimes, so you may have to walk under the sun. I highly recommend you rent a car if you want to explore the beaches of athens in more detail but I am not going to lie to you: Athens beaches are great for a daytrip while in the city but they cannot be compared to the beaches on the greek islands which are much better and more impressive. The best beaches in Greece are mostly located on the greek islands like Crete, Mykonos, Naxos or Kefalonia (Santorini is not on this list as it doesn’t have great beaches in my opinion and that’s common knowledge among greeks) , so you’d be better of in any of these islands in regards to beaches and beach life.

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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