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The 10 Best Beaches in Athens

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What are the 10 best beaches in Athens? Just a few kilometers south of Athens’ city center, spans a breathtaking coastline ideal for a refreshing dip during the hot summer months. Lined up with resorts, nightclubs, and organized beaches, Attica’s western coastline which stretches from Faliro to Sounio, the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula, has become known as the Athenian Riviera.

Whether you’ll decide to explore the southern suburbs or head to the peninsula’s eastern coastline you’ll discover numerous sandy beaches with crystal clear waters where locals and tourists head for a short break from the city’s noise. So, here is our rundown with the 10 best beaches in Athens, Greece!

Edem beach, Palio Faliro/ Alimos

Edem is the first beach you’ll come across during your visit to the Athenian Riviera.

Due to its proximity to the city center and the fact that it is easily accessible by tram, the sandy beach is usually crowded from June to August.

Please read our detailed guide about the Athens Riviera

Unlike other beaches in the Athenian Riviera, Edem isn’t an organized beach and doesn’t have an entrance fee.

It isn’t the most exotic beach you’ll find around Athens, but its great location and clean waters make it a great choice for a quick swim.

Edem beach-athens
The Edem beach in Athens. Pic: wikipedia.org

Astir Beach, Vouliagmeni

If you want to give yourself a special treat, Astir Beach in Vouliagmeni is the place to look for.

Known as one of the most luxurious organized beaches in Athens, Astir lures the city’s upscale crowd.

Comfortable sun lounges, a stylish beach bar with modern cabanas, and a classy restaurant situated right by the waterfront are some of the things you’ll find at the high-end beach.

If you want to enjoy Astir’s amenities and high-quality services you have to pay a fee that differs depending on the time of the year.

The highest price is €25 on the weekdays and €40 at the weekends during the peak season (01.07-31.08) and the lowest is €6 during the winter season.

Astir Beach, Vouliagmeni
Astir Beach, Vouliagmeni. Pic: Brian Solis / Flickr.com

Varkiza Resort, Varkiza

In the heart of the Varkiza area lies the beach park Varkiza Resort formerly known as Yabanaki Beach.

Aside from sun lounges and umbrellas, the organized beach offers a wide range of activities such as beach tennis, beach volley, free aqua aerobic classes, water sports including windsurfing, and water skiing as well as beauty and spa treatments.

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On weekdays the entrance fee is €5 including a sun lounge while on the weekends you’ll have to pay €6 plus €5 for a sun lounge.

The sandy beach is ideal for families with kids as well as for sports enthusiasts.

Yabanaki beach club
Yabanaki beach club, Varkixa resort, Athens. Pic: varkizaresort.gr

Lagonissi beach

Further down the Attic peninsula, you’ll find Lagonissi.

Whether you choose to hit Grand Beach and enjoy the amenities Grand Resort Lagonisi Athens has to offer or set your beach towel on the less crowded Kalivia beach, the area’s cerulean waters are bound to enchant you.

You’ll find plenty of choices for a traditional meal or a refreshing juice by the sea.

Grand Resort beach in Lagonisi Athens
Grand Beach Lagonisi is a fully organized beach 40 km outside of Athens.

Sounion beach

Widely known for being home to the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion is one of the most popular areas around Athens.

With the ancient temple proudly standing atop of the cliff of Cape Sounion surrounded by the sea, the landscape here is mesmerizing.

The small beach nestled at the feet of the cliff is an ideal choice for soaking up the sun and cool off from the summer heat.

There are more beaches around Sounion some of which feature umbrellas and sun lounges while there are numerous local taverns serving local delicacies.

It is even possible to combine your day at the beach with a sightseeing guided tour in the temple of Poseidon. If you are a sunset lover, you can try this sunset tour here. Check the reviews, it is one of the best out there!

beach near the Cape Sounion
Discover Cape Sounion beach in Athens Greece. Pic: Binary Koala / flickr.com

Legrena beach

Legrena is one of the less known beaches in the Athenian Riviera and therefore it’s rarely crowded.

With its majestic emerald waters and the white sand beaches which are lined up with trees, the southeastern Athenian suburb boasts a scenery similar to what you’ll find on an Ionian island.

There aren’t fancy resorts and stylish cafés here so this is the ultimate place for those eager to explore the unspoiled side of Athens away from the tourist crowds.

Legrena beach in athens
Legrena beach is found along the coastal road that leads to Cape Sounion. It is the last beach before reaching Sounion. Pic: wikimedia.org

Limanakia beach, Vouliagmeni

Limanakia is a series of coves along the road leading from Vouliagmeni to Varkiza.

The scenic inlets are surrounded by rocky formations which in combination with Saronic Gulf’s turquoise waters compose the captivating scenery.

The small picturesque covers offer great photo opportunities and they’re one of the most popular Instagrammable places in the Athenian Riviera.

There aren’t any cafés and taverns here only one Lefteri’s canteen which serves coffee and other ice-chilled beverages.

Limanakia beach, Vouliagmeni
One of most Popular Beach in Athens, Limanakia, also featuring popular Nudist & Gay Spots

Kavouri Beach

Kavouri is a coastal region in the area of Vouliagmeni.

The two main beaches, Mikro Kavouri and Megalo Kavouri are covered in golden sand and due to their shallow waters are particularly popular among families with kids.

In Kavouri there are both organized beaches with sunbeds and umbrellas as well as beaches with free entrance.

As there are many hotels and resorts in the area, the beaches can get jam-packed during the summer months but if you don’t mind doing the extra mile you’ll find several less crowded coves.

Kavouri beach in Athens
One of the most beautiful free beaches in Attica, Kavouri is located in the municipality of Vouliagmeni, just a short distance from Athens. Pic: Kostas Limitsios / flickr.com

Schinias beach

Around 45 kilometers northeastern from Athens’ city center and close to Marathon, lies Schinias, one of the locals’ most favorite seaside areas.

Schinias boasts an around 3-kilometers long sandy beach which is lined up with pine trees and is known for its shallow crystal clear waters.

There aren’t so many restaurants, hotels or cafés here but you’ll still be able to find some places to buy some snacks and refreshments.

Schinias beach
Discover Schinias beach in Athens Greece. pic: It Will End In Tears / flickr.com

Porto Rafti beach

Another seaside area locals love to visit in the summertime is Porto Rafti.

Situated on the western coast of the Attica peninsula and around 35 kilometers from the city center, Porto Rafti is within easy reach.

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The most popular beach in the region is Erotospilia which translates to Love Cove and is a small inlet with emerald green waters.

As it’s a small beach it gets easily packed but it is worth trying your luck before heading to the area’s organized beach, Avlaki.

beach in porto rafti-athens
Discover Porto Rafti beach in Athens. Pic: wikimedia.org

The Attic peninsula offers endless choices for those moments you want to take a break from sightseeing and explore the city’s natural sites. If you like to see some alternative options to visit some of the places we mentioned above, please visit our tours and tickets page, and select the tour that is best for you! The possibilities are endless. 

Whether you’re into fancy organized beaches where upbeat music comes from the speakers all day long or want to enjoy a peaceful day by the sea, these are the 10 best beaches in Athens you should look out for.

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