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Athens Riviera: The Coastal Area of Athens

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The Athens Riviera - Temple Of Poseidon

Athens is so much more than history and the birthplace of democracy. It is home to places like Athens Riviera, which is the coastal area in the southern suburbs of the Greek capital and it is absolutely breathtaking.

Athens Riviera is located a few kilometers outside of the Athens center and has five-star resorts, marinas, restaurants, spas, clubs, and even sailing. The climate is ideal for a beach and it really is an endless summer vacation.

The Athenian Riviera is as beautiful as in the movies and has all the luxuries of a dream place. Greece, having all sorts of historical landscapes and beautiful blue beaches really makes it a great spot for a long vacation.

Athens Riviera is very well organized and has glooming and positive vibes all over the place.

marina flisvos at athens riviera
Flisvos Marina is a very beautiful sea promenade just 7 km from Syntagma sqr. It is located in Palaio Faliro and is one of the most favorite spots of the city for walking next to the sea. It is easily approached by bus and tram (“Trocadero” stop). Pic: Elpidoforos Papanikolopoulos/flickr.com

Athens Riviera Coast

The Athens Riviera is the coastal area in the southern suburbs of Athens, which is located about 16 kilometers or 9.9 miles from downtown Athens – stretching from the southern suburbs of Athens to the southernmost point of Attica, Cape Sounio.

The alluring Apollo coast located on the southern edge of the Greek capital is known as Athens Riviera or Athenian Riviera.

The area has all the options from traditional landmarks to modern vacation spots that intrigues all sorts of avid travelers.

The Apollo coast beaches have a 48 kilometer stretch of coastline.

Athens Riviera map (click here)

Athens riviera map
Athens Riviera map. On the southern edge of the Greek capital lies the alluring Apollo Coast, also known as the Athenian Riviera

The coast has beautiful free beaches with pure sand and clear waters, volleyball courts and gourmet dining options for entertainment. The fancy and sophisticated venues feature luxury hotels for tourists to spend the night at where most of the places have stunning views.

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
The Athens Riviera makes a fantastic multi-tasking base from which to tap the endless delights of Athens. Choose from romantic boltholes, spa retreats, family-friendly hotels with pools, budget digs or seaside resorts. Pic: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel is one of the best resort hotels in Athens. Check the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel on booking.com or read what other travelers have to say at Tripadvisor.

The jaunt begins from Faliro and goes all the way to Sounion.

People can use a tram, (please read how to get around Athens) a modern railway vehicle that connects Athens from the central square to the southern suburbs, by which people can reach the coast swiftly.

There is a route known as T3 which reaches from Faliro to Voula and it builds a wonderful picture of the coast, emphasizing the facts of the area and will help in learning a few things here and there about the coastline.

Every tourist will be admiring the elegant site and how beautifully it was constructed and designed.

Athens Riviera is one of its kind and is a genuine pleasure and a delight to visit.

athens riviera tram line
When you visit the Athenian Riviera, pick the Tramline T3 from Faliro to Voula. Pic: wikimedia.org

You will even encounter various neighborhoods that live along the seaside and different terminus for you to stop and cherish the beauties that include Alimos, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Saronida, Varkiza,  Lagonissi, Anavyssos. These sites are suitable for a number of activities. Download for free any map you need, and start exploring!

Sunset at Astir Beach, Vouliagmeni, Athens, Greece
Sunset at Astir Beach, Vouliagmeni, Athens, Greece. Pic: wikipedia.org

The place has very organized emerald water beaches with options for different sports to enjoy the sunny afternoon with.

There are marinas as an option for the sailors to travel to Athens’ cosmopolitan beaches and this experience is enhanced by sailing the boats in the light of the moon.

marinas in athens riviera
If you are a sailing enthusiast, the Athens Riviera has many marinas

The Temple of Poseidon which is one of the most important attractions in Athens offers unparalleled energy. Codrus, who was the last of the semi-mythical king of Athens, sacrificed himself for the might of this temple.

The Athens Riviera looks just as beautiful with a full moon as it looks under the bright rays of the sun. It is a place that signifies everlasting peace.

The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Athens

Things to do in Athens Riviera

Athens Riviera is one of the most impressive coasts in Europe, might even be the best for some as the place has various different things to admire.

Here is a list of top attraction points that signifies the importance of the Apollo coastline.

  • The Temple Of Poseidon

This exquisite jaunt is filled with positive energy that is unparalleled to anything else. The atmosphere around the Temple of Poseidon is so tempting and when you are at the top of the cliff, you experience a bolt of positive energy in you as if you are with the same people that used to be a part of the ancient civilizations that lived before.

temple of poseidon-sounion-athens
The Ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, built during 444–440 BC, is one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens
  • Lavrio

Lavrio, which was once the home to a steam-powered laundry and the ancient silver-mining tunnels, now holds the Technological and Culture Park. The mining history dates back to 4,000 years and hence tourists come from all around the world to admire the ruins.

Ancient Mine Gallery in Lavrio
Ancient Mine Gallery in Lavrio. Pic: wikipedia.org
  • Glyfada

Glyfada is well known for the vibrant atmosphere, entertainment, and the shopping sector. There are various restaurants that offer an amazing taste. Glyfada has a spirited nightlife and is recognized for a good place to party.

city plaza in glyfada-athens riviera
City Plaza Shopping Mall, Glyfada, Athens. Pic: Tilemahos Efthimiadis/flickr.com
  • Suburban beaches

Athens Riviera has a number of beaches in its vicinity that intrigue tourists. However, the one that is considered to be the best in people’s interest and produces a sense of elegance, known for its well maintained, offers all the comfort which people desire for, is the star beach named Astir Beach and it is located in the chic southern suburb of Vouliagmeni. This place has high-end sunbeds, luxury dining options, and volleyball courts. It has been the go-to for more than half of a century. Other suburban beaches include Loubarda, Varkiza, Eden, and Saronida.

astir beach athens riviera
Astir Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Greece. Pic: astir.gr

Where to Stay in Athens Riviera

The Athens coastline reflects luxury, it is a classy place and will come with a high price to pay the bills.

The resort hotels are expensive and what it does come down to is how much one is willing to spend on the stay. Hence places like Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, Poseidon Beach Villas, Four Seasons Hotel Astir Palace, and Margi Hotel are a few of the great options that are available.

Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about some of the best 5-Star Hotels in Vouliagmeni at Tripadvisor

where to stay in athes riviera
In Athens Riviera you will find some of the best luxury beach resorts, offering endless choices of luxurious accommodation. Pic: The Margi Hotel

When to Visit Athens Riviera

Riviera being a blue emerald beach would obviously be fit for summer vacations.

Whereas the ideal climate conditions of Athens Riviera and the coastline, in particular, make it a year-round destination.

When to Visit Athens Riviera
Looking for the perfect beach weekend? Take a trip to the Athens Riviera, less than 30 minutes from the Acropolis. Pic: commons.wikimedia.org

Given that the Apollo coast has way more to offer than blue flag beaches. From historical ruins, spa, luxury hotels, clubs, sailing opportunities to volleyball courts, high-end restaurants and everything in between. The Athens Riviera is a vacation spot with the class of its own and the next time you are planning to visit a beach, the emerald beach in Athens might be your best bet.

The temperature is perfect with averaging at 33°C in the summer and not going any less than 10°C in the winter making it an exemplary beach for every time of the year.

Discover the best hotels in Athens, Greece by area, price, and reviews, and see photos by clicking this link to Booking.comBest Prices and many hotels you can book and then cancel with no cancelation penalty. For the individuals who need to book without using a travel agency, this is the most ideal approach to do it.

 

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In Brief
  • Get there by: Metro, Bus, Taxi, Trolleys, Tram
  • What to See: The Best Places in the Athens Coastline
  • What to Do: Take a Trip to The Athens Riviera, Less Than 30 minutes From the Acropolis
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