Best Beaches in Athens

Enjoy Your Holiday by Swimming and Sunbathing on the Beaches around Athens

If you are visiting Athens during the summer season, you will definitely want to enjoy swimming and sunbathing. Make your choice amongst high-end beaches, lively beach bars or more athletic style beaches. Varkiza Resort Yabanaki Beach  is a popular destination for swimming close to Athens and  easy to access, Anavyssos, on the way to Sounio, is one of the best places to swim close to Athens, with crystal clear waters and sandy beaches, Karavi at Schinias is the ultimate beach destination close to Athens and is extremely popular with the young public who enjoy the vibrant atmosphere,  since 1959 Astir Beach at Vouliagmeni has been a favorite, exclusive destination for Athenians and also visiting celebrities,  Sounio is one of the most beautiful places close to Athens, with the temple of Poseidon on the promontory overlooking the Aegean sea,  Galazia Akti on the coast of Schinias, close to Marathon, is one of the most beautiful places to swim not far from Athens,  the Grand Beach at top notch Grand Resort Lagonissi, located in the southern suburbs of Athens on the road to Sounio, is ideal for a one-day holiday in attractive surroundings, Bolivar Beach Bar is an exotic island with an enchanting atmosphere,  Moraitis  Beach Culture is a sports center and  beach club, on the beautiful beach of Schinias, close to Marathon, «Asteras Glyfadas» is a popular beach resort located in the Southern Suburbs of Athens.


Moraitis Beach Culture is a sports center and beach club, on the beautiful beach of Schinias, close to Marathon. The blue waters of Schinias situated in the safety of Marathon Gulf are perfect for a morning of water-skiing, wake-boarding or windsurfing lessons. In the afternoon when the winds pick up, it's the perfect time for the windsurfing and catamaran experts to show their stuff. For those that are interested in WaterSki and Wakeboarding there are two specialized speed boats. A Mastercraft 190Pro 2006 for waterski and an Air Nautique boat for wakeboarding... Moraitis Sports Club offers a wide range of sports such as WindSurfing, Waterski, WakeBoard, wakesurf, subwing, Tubes, S.U.P, CATAMARAN. Visitors can also rent a catamaran style sailing boat, for weekly or day excursions to Euboea, Petalious or other close destinations. After all this you are going to be hungry and thirsty and ready for some fun, so visit the beach bar for delicious sandwiches, fresh salads and cold refreshments. The Club is also equipped with chemical toilets, changing rooms and showers.

Recommended for Beaches because: Ideal for those who enjoy water sports in beautiful natural surroundings

Nelly's expert tip: Watersports galore, swimming and sunbathing on a magnificent beach

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Bolivar Beach Bar
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Bolivar Beach Bar is not only another beach bar, but a corner of paradise, which combines sun and sand with music and entertainment. Situated on "Akti tou Iliou" on the south coast of Athens, Bolivar is designed like an exotic island with palm trees and an enchanting environment. You can spend the day at the beach, enjoying a coffee, a meal, a cocktail at sunset, or even more romantic in the moonlight. The excellent service, the facilities and the relaxing atmosphere make Bolivar Beach Bar a favorite. Every year famous names from the international and local musical scene are hosted, offering lively entertainment until the small hours.

Recommended for Beaches because: A corner or paradise which combines beach fun with music and entertainment

Nelly's expert tip: An exotic island with an enchanting atmosphere on the south coast of Athens

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Outside the City

Anavyssos, on the way to Sounio, is one of the best places to swim close to Athens, with crystal clear waters and sandy beaches. One of the nicest organized beaches is at Eden Beach Resort, with many facilities and attractive surroundings. Guests can enjoy swimming and sunbathing, or live the excitement of various watersports, such as jet ski, waterski, banana ride, flying fish, pedal boats and kayaks. Athletic types can try beach volley ball, and the kids will be safe at the baby beach. In the evenings the live music creates a vibrant atmosphere. Eden Beach offers all round facilities, such as a new express self service bar, a cocktail bar and a restaurant serving Greek and Mediterranean dishes curated by chef Christoforos Peskias. Families or groups will enjoy the beach huts, whilst sport fans will appreciate the new volley ball and raquette terrains and the professional sea sports center.

Recommended for Beaches because: A wonderful place to enjoy the sea, with many facilities and attractive surroundings

Nelly's expert tip: Watersports, a safe beach for kids, snacks and cocktails on a sandy cove

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Outside the City

Sounio is one of the most beautiful places close to Athens, with the temple of Poseidon on the promontory overlooking the Aegean sea. The magnificent view, the enchanting natural environment and the crystal clear waters make this a favorite destination for swimmers during the warm months. The sandy beach of Aegeon Hotel is open also to the public, with facilities such as showers and a beach bar, umbrellas and sunbeds. Sundays can be hectic so make sure to arrive early so as to find space both for parking and a place on the beach. Swimming under the shadow of the ancient temple of Poseidon is a remarkable experience not to be missed.

Recommended for Beaches because: Relax on this attractive beach very close to the temple of Poseidon

Nelly's expert tip: Crystal clear waters, a sandy beach and a beautiful view

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Karavi at Schinias is the ultimate beach destination close to Athens and is extremely popular with the young public who enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Extending over a hundred meter sandy beach, Karavi offers many amenities to visitors, such as a restaurant, beach bar, athletic grounds, windsurfing school and beach volley field. Sunbeds, shady umbrellas and water sports make this beach a relaxed but also exciting place to pass the whole day in summer. Visitors appreciate the friendly atmosphere, the affordable luxury and the attractive surroundings. Karavi is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for swimming, sunbathing, snacks, drinks, windsurfing, paddle board and beach volley. Entrance is free and the spacious parking can accommodate up to 1.500 vehicles. Karavi has been awarded the Blue Flag for eight consecutive years, for the clean waters, the quality of service and the organized facilities.

Recommended for Beaches because: Especially popular with the young crowd who enjoy the fun and high energy

Nelly's expert tip: Swimming, sunbathing, sports and fun make Karavi such a popular destination

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Blue Bay (Galazia Akti) located alongside the Marathon beach has been famous for many years. From 1868, when celebrities used to enjoy their swim here, until today, Galazia Akti has always been surprising us pleasantly. In the summer of 2014, it was renovated. Comfortable and functional facilities were added to meet every need of its visitors. The neutral shades which are prevalent, in combination with the color of the sand and the blue of the sea, create a space of unique atmosphere and sophistication, ideal for a pleasant escapade from Athens. This popular beach, located at Schinias Marathon, combines quality gastronomy and enjoyment, offering visitors an all-round entertainment experience. The renewed cuisine with an own farm approach offers unique summer tastes prepared with aromatic herbs and other secrets from their garden. For the summer season, Galazia Akti plans to offer to its visitors a private beach, where they can enjoy a meal or a drink from the summer wine and cocktail list. At the Mediterranean beach bar, original cocktails based on mastiha, ouzo and tsipouro will be served. The newly designed space can host corporate evens, wedding receptions and beach parties for every occasion. The beach, which can be reached in only 45 minutes from Athens, opens its doors on May 1st and it is also ideal for families, with a special space for kids activities.

Recommended for Beaches because: All time classic favorite beach with excellent facilities and a sophisticated atmosphere

Nelly's expert tip: Ideal for a pleasant escapade only 45 minutes by car from Athens

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Varkiza Resort is an all day seascape experience, and a very popular summer hangout. Yabanaki Beach has a sandy beach, clear and shallow blue water, signaled with a blue flag, and water sports are available. Specially designed corners satisfy all tastes and preferences. At the VI.P. Sundara space you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing on the comfortable wooden deckchairs with soft cushions and enjoy a cocktail or some sushi. Children and adults will love the Ben n Jerrys corner with delicious ice cream or if you prefer you can taste the freshly baked sweet and savory French pastries and the large variety of tasty sandwiches prepared at Bake my Day. Sunbeds on the sand, specially designed pavilions and torches create an exotic atmosphere at Moana beach house, where beach parties and other events are also held. Fish lovers will appreciate the fresh fish at the tavern Isalos, with many specialties on the menu, washed down with a glass of ouzo. If you prefer the taste of meat, visit Trelos Gaidaros, which specializes in grilled chicken, kebab, burgers, and steaks. If you feel it is time for a cocktail , Holy Spirit, with its exotic style, is the space to visit to enjoy your drink while listening to selected music.

Recommended for Beaches because: Enjoy the sea, the sun and all round entertainment

Nelly's expert tip: An all day seascape experience, with vibrant atmosphere and a variety of choices

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�Asteras Glyfadas� is a popular beach resort located in the Southern Suburbs of Athens. This beautiful beach of clear waters and golden sand is filled with sun beds and umbrellas and offers a picture perfect setting for true relaxing hours under the sun. The �Asteras complex� features two unique venues. Balux Cafe the House Project: The spacious beach house has no walls and every room is a different set up. Spend time in the lounge area, or relax in the dining area. Family friendly as it offers playgrounds for children. Operates on a daily basis on 09.00am until midnight. Balux Café Seaside Escape is an ideal choice by the pool, where you can enjoy right under a thatch roof a wide variety of fresh juices and exotic cocktails all day. Operates on a daily basis on 10.00am until 2.00am. The beach operates on a daily basis from 08.30 in the morning until 8.00 in the afternoon.

Recommended for Beaches because: Clear waters and sandy beach make the perfect setting for relaxing and enjoying

Nelly's expert tip: A popular beach resort in the southern suburbs of Athens, with all day fun and relaxation

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Outside the City

The Grand Beach at top notch Grand Resort Lagonissi, located in the southern suburbs of Athens on the road to Sounio, is ideal for a one-day holiday in attractive surroundings. The unique beachfront setting and the watersports center are perfect for experiencing a day by the sea with fun also for the kids. Visitors can unwind by the Grand Pier jetty-bar while admiring the waterfront view and enjoying the sea breeze, with soft music, fresh juices and drinks, or dip in the cool swimming pool on the sea. Poseidon Tavern is the perfect spot for casual dining after swimming or sunbathing, with a delicious menu. Grand Beach is open from May until end September and the facilities include a cinema, beach volley court, beach bar, changing rooms and showers, lifeguard and wi fi.

Recommended for Beaches because: A top-notch beach, ideal for a one-day holiday in exclusive surroundings

Nelly's expert tip: The spectacular view, the luxurious facilities and the attractive setting make this beach unique

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Astir Beach, famous since 1959, is the place to be, every summer. Situated in a beautiful spot, at high end Vouliagmeni on the Athens Riviera, Astir Beach is well known for the superb, environment friendly facilities and is the main reference point for summer socializing, social or corporate events. The facilities on the beach include lockers , beach towels, comfortable changing cabins, recycling, free wi-fi, medical assistance and lifeguards and a non-smoking exterior area, with consideration for family and general health, which is an innovation in Greece. Sports fans can enjoy water or jet ski, sand sports, or if you prefer to relax and pamper yourself Orloff Spa and Holmes Place are ideal. Dining, drinks and shopping are also available. The Platinum Lounge is the top amenity of Astir Beach. It is a cozy area, with a capacity of 80 persons created to provide upgraded services exclusively to Platinum members. The unique beach with the innovative design and the superior level facilities, can also host theme parties, business cocktails and other events in specially designed spaces.

Recommended for Beaches because: A famous beach in one of the most glamorous coastal areas around Athens

Nelly's expert tip: This exclusive beach is favored by celebrities and the fashionable crowd

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Born and bred in Athens, Nelly went on the move after finishing high school and spending some years working in textiles.  For her, Italy was the next chapter. But, after 12 years, it was back...  More About Nelly