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What if we told you that there’s a coastal paradise just a few kilometers away from Athens? We’re talking about Athens Riviera, an idyllic coast that will make all your Greek island dreams come true. Without even leaving the Greek capital!
Sounds dreamy, right?
So, if you want to learn everything about Athens Riviera, stick with us.
Cause truth is Athens Riviera is a world unto itself!
Healing waters and a mysterious cave at Lake Vouliagmeni
Lake Vouliagmeni is one of the most magical places in Athens Riviera.
This beautiful lake has warm therapeutic waters with several healing properties, as they are known to relieve rheumatism and arthritis! Apart from the miraculous waters of Lake Vouliagmeni, there’s another reason why this place emits an ethereal charm.
The big limestone cave that sits in Lake Vouliagmeni is not only an interesting geological phenomenon but also a magical place to swim! Inside the cave, there are underground labyrinths, thermal springs, stalagmites, and many sea creatures.
Strolling at Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Just a few minutes from Athens city center, in Faliro, lies Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
In SNFCC, you’ll find everything culture related, from the Greek National Opera and the National Library of Greece, to a wide variety of environmental and cultural activities. Located right by the sea, SNFCC boasts stunning architecture and facilities such as dancing fountains, a canal, a park, a restaurant, and many more.
It is the perfect place to visit for an all-day stroll!
Tip: Check the activities schedule before your visit. There are always many events and activities organized in SNFCC.
The temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
One of the things you should cross off your bucket list while in Athens is a visit to Cape Sounion. There, you’ll find the imposing temple of Poseidon.
Perched on the top of a hill and boasting a breathtaking sea view of the Saronic Gulf, this temple is a true architectural gem! The temple of Poseidon was built in the 5th century BC in honor of the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. The Doric Temple of Poseidon is made of white marble by the renown architect Ictinus, who had also built the Temple of Hephaestus in Ancient Agora.
The best time of the day to visit the Temple of Poseidon is hands down dusk. Watching the sun sinking in the sea behind the huge marble columns of the temple is a unique experience.
Tip: After your visit to the Temple of Poseidon, head to one of the seafood taverns nearby.
Sailing to the Saronic Gulf
Departing from Athens Riviera, you can set off on a sailing adventure to the Saronic islands!
Just a couple of hours away from Athens by ferry, the Saronic islands are perfect for a quick getaway from Athens. Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses, and Agistri are the most popular destinations for island-hopping in the Saronic Gulf.
Except for island hopping, the Saronic islands are perfect for day trips from the Greek capital. So, even if you only have a day free, you can easily sail to one of the Saronic islands. It’s the perfect chance to switch off and relax into island life!
Swimming in Athens Riviera
If you are in the mood to hit the beach, you don’t have to go far from Athens. There are lots of beaches in Athens Riviera, which will make you feel oceans away from the Greek capital!
The best part is that all these beaches are easily accessible by car, while most of them are also accessible by bus and tram. Fully organized, with many facilities and crystal clear waters, the beaches of Athens Riviera are everything you need and more!
Fact: Some of the best beaches in Athens riviera are Astir in Vouliagmeni, Yabanaki in Varkiza, the beach of Sounio, and Schinias near Marathon.
Windsurfing in Varkiza
Are you a water sports enthusiast?
Athens riviera won’t disappoint! In Varkiza, you can perform your favorite water sports in crystal clear azure waters. Windsurfing, paddle, wakeboard, wake surf, canoeing, aqua aerobic, sup, beach volley, you name it, Varkiza beach has it!
What’s more, Varkiza beach is organized with many facilities. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sea all day long!
Fresh seafood at the restaurants of Athens Riviera
If there’s one reason why Athens Riviera is famous (except for its idyllic ambiance), it is its seafood restaurants. And you bet there’s a vast choice of eateries to visit.
Athens riviera is lined with many amazing places to eat, from upscale seafood restaurants to family-run fish taverns. Whatever you choose, one thing is for sure: you’ll eat well!
Seafood restaurants will not only introduce you to the Greek gastronomy scene but also offer unparalleled views of the sea. We’re talking about the ultimate seaside dining experience!
So, Athens Riviera sounds like a heavenly place to be right?
Book your trip to Athens to enjoy riviera to the fullest!
How to get there: You can get to Athens Riviera both by private and by public means of transportation. By tram, you can get T1 line from Syntagma to Neo Faliro (Peace and Friendship Stadium Station) or T2 line from Syntagma to Voula (Asklipio Voulas Station). If you want to get to Athens Riviera by bus, you can catch A3 bus from Akadimia to Glyfada, E22 bus from Eliniko metro station to Saronida, 171 bus from Elliniko metro station to Varkiza, A2 bus from Akadimia to Voula, and B2 bus from Akadimia to Agios Kosmas.