This text is part of the article “And the Living is A-Z”, published in Greece-Is Athens, Summer 2018 Edition. By Paulina Björk Kapsalis, Maria Coveou, Nena Dimitriou, Alex King, Maria Korachai, Pagona Lipsati & Alexandra Tzavella.
For a refreshing dip, Athenians head to the Riviera.
Akti tou iliou in Alimos is a nice sand/pebble beach where you’ll find several dining options and a floating play area for the kids. Entrance is €5 on weekdays and €6 on weekends. Continuing along the coast, you’ll find two Blue Flag beaches: the Asteras Complex in Glyfada, hosts several beach bars with sun loungers; the Varkiza Resort Yabanaki Beach Park features restaurants, a beach volleyball court, and a playground. The entrance here is €5 on weekdays, and €7 on weekends.
However, the undisputable star of the Athens Riviera is Astir Beach in Vouliagmeni, a pristine stretch of sand with shallow waters, featuring luxurious facilities, a spa, water sports and dining options. You can book your sun lounger in advance and there’s even a VIP area. Prices range from €20 on weekdays to €75 for a Reserved VIP spot on weekends (www.astir.gr/beach).
If you prefer free beach access and don’t mind fewer creature comforts, then head to Limanakia, also in Vouliagmeni, where you can dive from the cliffs into the clear, blue sea.