Even though Athens is famous for its rich historical and cultural background, it actually also offers a vast stretch of coastline that comes as a surprise to many first-time visitors. Surrounded by the Aegean sea, countless clean beaches form on the coastline of the city in all directions. From rustic and quiet coves to busy and lively beaches, Athens has something for every mood, taste and budget just a short tram or bus ride away!
Here are 5 beautiful beaches that we recommend to our students:
Only 20-30 minutes away from the city centre, Edem beach is easily accessible by bus or tram. This sandy and pebbly beach is ideal both for relaxing and also having fun, as it is surrounded by beach cafes and bars with lively music. It is free, organized with basic amenities and also offers activities such as beach volleyball.
Bolivar beach is a hotspot for both young people and families, as it is only a 30-minute ride from the centre of Athens. For a small entrance fee its visitors can enjoy sunbeds and umbrellas, tasty food and drinks, as well as music all day long and special events hosted by its beach bars.
Kavouri is located in the municipality of Vouliagmeni, about an hour away from the city centre with public transport. It is an idyllic sandy cove with shallow and clear waters, surrounded by rich greenery. Away from the city traffic, this beach is quiet and offers plenty of options for food nearby.
40 minutes away from Athens, Glyfada beach is a public beach with a mix of pebbles and sand. The beach has free umbrellas and showers, and is generally less crowded than other beaches nearby. Even though it’s a quiet beach, there are still plenty of cafes and restaurants in the area.
5. Lake Vouliagmeni
Not a beach, but a saltwater lake surrounded by cliffs and located right next to the sea in Vouliagmeni area, 1 hour away from the city centre. Even though this thermal lake is private and has an entrance fee, it is a favourite spot for Athenians and is worth visiting at least once. The facilities of the lake include an all-day bar, restaurant, changing rooms, showers and wifi. In the evenings the rock formations are lit up to create a beautiful scenery.
* Always wear sunscreen in the summer months, the sun can be very intense in Athens!
* City beaches can get very crowded on weekends. Aim for very early morning or evening hours to avoid the crowds and the heat.