Beaches Near Athens: A Short Guide

Athens, the capital of Greece, is known for its rich history and amazing archaeological sites. While it's not directly on the coast, the city is located close to the Saronic Gulf, and there are several lovely beaches within a short drive or public transit trip. Here are some of the top beach destinations near Athens:

  1. Glyfada Beach: One of the most popular beach districts in Athens, Glyfada is just a 40-minute drive from the city center. The area boasts clean, organized beaches along with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars. Balux Beach is a particularly popular spot in Glyfada, combining a beach setting with the comforts of a seaside cafe.

  2. Vouliagmeni Beach: About a 30-minute drive from Athens, Vouliagmeni Beach is known for its clear waters and sandy beach. It's a well-organized beach with sun loungers, umbrellas, and a café-bar. Nearby, you can also find the beautiful Lake Vouliagmeni, a thermal lake nestled among the cliffs.

  3. Varkiza Beach: Further down the coast from Vouliagmeni (around a 45-minute drive from Athens), Varkiza has a well-organized beach resort known as Yabanaki Beach. It offers a variety of water sports, beach bars, and restaurants.

  4. Legrena Beach: Located near the ancient temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio, about an hour's drive from Athens, Legrena Beach is a beautiful sandy beach with crystal-clear waters. The beach is less organized than others, offering a more natural setting.

  5. Schinias Beach: On the east coast of Attica, about an hour's drive from Athens, Schinias is a sandy beach with shallow, clear waters. It's set in a national park, so there's beautiful nature all around, including a pine forest that comes right down to the beach.

  6. Alimos Beach: If you're looking for a beach closer to the city, Alimos Beach is only a 15-minute drive from the city center. It's a well-organized beach with sun loungers, beach bars, and a variety of watersports.

Remember, some beaches might charge an entrance fee, especially if they are organized with facilities like sunbeds, parasols, and watersports equipment. As always, be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Enjoy your beach days in and around Athens!

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