City Break Travel Ideas Greece

The best beaches around Athens


Although it is famous for its ancient treasures and rich history, Athens is a destination only a few people would choose when they want to spend a relaxing holiday by the beach. A knowledgeable few!

Because the truth is that the coastline of Attica is filled with beaches ready to meet the expectations of every visitor. What’s more, the wider area of Athens is an ideal destination to satisfy both your inner culture vulture and your thirst for that all important sun, sea and sand.

So, after you have completed your sightseeing tours around Athens city, get ready to be charmed by its seaside suburbs too, offering both lively and quieter beaches for your refreshing dips in the blue water.


Visitors who want to enjoy their day on the beach lying on comfy sun loungers listening to the latest club music hits and sipping refreshing cocktails should opt for the well-served beaches lining the coastal avenue, Leoforos Poseidonos.

Some of the most famous and well-equipped beaches are Akti tou Iliou in Alimos and South Coast in Voula. Access to these beaches is easy enough by tram and bus lines (starting from Syntagma square for those who prefer staying in a city hotel such as Civitel Olympic or Civitel Attik in the lush green area of Maroussi, just a 15-minute drive from the city centre).

South Coast in Voula


For quieter beaches you’d do better to choose the part of the coast that runs from Lagonisi to Sounio. Along the way you’ll find long or small stretches of sand, all of them featuring crystal clear waters and idyllic surroundings, not to mention the view out to the islets adorning the Saronic Gulf.

And if you get hungry, you can have fresh sea food in any of the waterfront tavernas found at almost every beach. For holidaymakers who prefer the classic long sandy beach, Charakas in Keratea is a great choice. Until recently the beach had no facilities at all. Now there is a small beach bar with sun loungers and thatched umbrellas but these cover only a tiny part of the beach.

And for those of you seeking new experiences why not try out Limanakia, the small coves situated right beneath the main road. Here you will find smooth rocks that can easily serve as your private seafront space. So, choose your rock and start diving into the turquoise waters, which are also ideal for snorkelling!

Porto Germeno

Day trip suggestions

If you want to spend a whole day on a beautiful beach that gives you the sense of being on an island, set off for the Corinthian Gulf. Here the beaches of Psatha and Porto Germeno will definitely reward you for the hour-long drive. Shingle shores prevail here but the sea is absolutely fantastic. It is a bit too deep for children though, so be careful. In the nearby settlements visitors will find a selection of tavernas serving fresh fish and sea food, as well as hearty steaks! Finish your trip with an ice cream delight or a snow cone overlooking the sparkling sea at sunset!

To sum up, there is no need to struggle fitting both Athens and the famous Greek islands into one holiday. Dedicate your summer break to the Greek capital and benefit from its multifaceted character. Save the Cyclades for your next visit to beautiful Greece!

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