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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, it spans a breathtaking coastline ideal for a refreshing dip during the hot summer months.

Lined with resorts, nightclubs, and organized beaches, Attica’s western coastline stretches from Faliro to Sounio, the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula, and has become known as the Athenian Riviera.

Whether you 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 of the 10 best beaches in Athens, Greece!

Edem beach in Palio Faliro – Alimos

Edem is the first beach you’ll encounter when visiting 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. 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. Courtesy:

Astir Beach in 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 right by the waterfront are some things you’ll find at the high-end beach.

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

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

Astir Beach, Vouliagmeni
Astir Beach, Vouliagmeni. Courtesy: Brian Solis /

Varkiza Resort in 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.

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. Courtesy:

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 (check it on 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.

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

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

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

It is even possible to combine your day at the beach with a tour of the temple of Poseidon (check here how to get there from Athens).

beach near the Cape Sounion
Discover Cape Sounion beach in Athens Greece. Courtesy: Binary Koala /

Legrena Beach

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

With its majestic emerald waters and the white sand beaches that are lined up with trees, the southeastern Athenian suburb boasts 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. Courtesy:

Limanakia beach in Vouliagmeni

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

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

The small picturesque covers offer great photo opportunities and are among the most popular Instagrammable places on the Athenian Riviera.

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

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

Kavouri Beach

Kavouri is a coastal region in the Vouliagmeni area.

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

In Kavouri there are both organized beaches with sunbeds and umbrellas and 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 going 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. Courtesy: Kostas Limitsios /

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-kilometer long sandy beach lined up with pine trees and known for its shallow crystal clear waters.

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

Schinias beach
Discover Schinias beach in Athens, Greece. Courtesy: It Will End In Tears /

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.

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. Courtesy:

The Attic peninsula offers endless choices when you want to take a break from sightseeing and explore the city’s natural sites.

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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