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The Most Beautiful Beaches Near Athens

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Glyfada Beach is one of the several fine beaches near Athens. Credit: Municipality of Glyfada/ Zisimos Zizos

There is much more to Athens than the Acropolis and museums. The city and surrounding suburbs are home to beautiful beaches, and Athens happens to have the longest coastline of any European capital.

Staying in Athens doesn’t mean that you’ve picked the city over the beach. There are many shores around the city that rival those found on the Greek islands.

Make the most out of your trip to the ancient city, and be sure to check out the most beautiful beaches in Athens and the greater area of the city—all of which can be easily accessed by car, taxi, or public transport.

Beaches near Athens

Akti Vouliagmenis 

Located close to Athens, this is a popular beach due to its sandy shores and calm waters. Be sure you go early enough in the morning to find a umbrella and chairs.

You will want to spend all day at the beach, which is easily do-able, as there are snacks and drinks available, as well as the favorite summertime coffee, frappé.

There is a playground for kids, grassy fields where you can play racket ball, and free WiFi. There is a small fee to rent a chair at the beach.

Lake Vouliagmeni

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Lake Vouliagmeni. Credit: Anna Maria Michelidou/CC-BY-SA-4.0

This beach experience is sure to be truly unique and something you want to experience while visiting Athens.

Check out this natural lake just  above the entrance to one of the most complex and mysterious cave systems in the world.

The lake has brackish water, as it is from a combination of the underground currents of the sea and the underground thermal springs seeping from Mount Hymettus, offering a natural thermal spa experience.

The entrance fee is around 15 euros per person, but even if you’re not lucky enough to find a lounge chair or umbrella, you still pay the full entrance fee, so it is a good idea to get there early.

Asteras Beach

Asteras Beach is a stunning retreat that is located in the southern suburbs of Athens and has a small entrance fee which will get you an umbrella and chair.

This beach, which is home to crystal-clear turquoise waters, even offers changing rooms, showers, a self-serve restaurant, three bars and water sports, as well as trampolines and a playground for the kids.

Glyfada Beach

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Glyfada Beach. Credit: Municipality of Glyfada. Zisimos Zizos

Glyfada Beach is located just south of Athens and is the perfect escape from the bustling Greek capital.

The stretches of azure waters are lined by golden sand at Glyfada Beach. Visitors can explore the many beach bars and restaurants here and rent chairs for a small price.

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