Greece is known for its hundreds of big and small inhabited islands, as well as its thousands of uninhabited tiny islets that are dotted across its seas.
Attica, home to the capital city of Athens, is no exception to this norm. Around it, one can find many small and tiny islets, scattered all over the coastline.
However, one of them is quite peculiar and absolutely stunning.
The Islet With the Natural ”Swimming Pool”
A 40-minute drive from downtown Athens and close to the town of Keratea, in Attica’s Mesogea region, a rocky islet is located just off the coast.
The area there as well as the sea that surrounds it is known in Greek as ”Kaki Thalassa”, which literally means ”the Bad Sea”.
What makes this islet different from all the rest of the coastline of Attica, is its geomorphology.
Approximately one-fourth of its entire tract is completely sunken, with its edge touching the sea.
This weird shape has created a natural pool, which receives seawater when the tides are high, making it look as if someone deliberately built a swimming pool right next to the actual sea.
The bottom of the sunken area is full of sand, making the islet a tempting destination for anyone who has a small boat or the strength to swim.
The islet is not far from the beach of Kakia Thalassa, making it an ideal landmark for those who brave a few minutes of intense workout in the Mediterranean.
The Kaki Thalassa Beach
The beach of Kaki Thalassa is an organized one, and it is among the most popular swimming destinations of Southeastern Attica.
On one side of the secluded beach, one can find rocky formations, which are sometimes used by people to climb, and –why not– even dive into the sea from high above.
On the other side, there is an actual settlement with holiday residencies of Athenians but also foreign nationals too.
A few meters by the settlement, one can find the monastery of Kaki Thalassa, which follows the old Julian calendar.
The area was named as ”Bad Sea” due to a myth that survived from the Ancient Greeks.
According to this myth, when barbarians attacked Greece, Zeus and Hades dragged the shores of the area so they could talk, and left the seawater in between to separate them.
As the Greeks were very few, Zeus and Hades helped them by asking Poseidon to send waves larger than the ships of the barbarians.
Since then, and because of these massive waves, the area was dubbed ”Kaki Thalassa” or ”Bad Sea.”