A few kilometers from Athens, the urban landscape gives way to a unique seaside resort. This stretch of coastline will surprise and enchant you with clear clear waters, organized beaches, five-star resorts, restaurants and a varied nightlife. Here are the country villas of the Greek elite.
The Athenian Riviera starts in Faliro and ends in Sounio. The tram, which departs from Syntagma Square, connects the center of the metropolis with the southern suburbs. This is the fastest way to get to the coast. There are Blue Flag beaches here: in Anavyssos, Varkiza, Vouliagmeni, Lagonissi, and from here it is also easy to get to the popular islands of the Saronic Gulf (Salamina, Aegina). The most important attraction of the region is the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio (c. 440 BC). According to legend, the Athenian king Aegeus died here, mistakenly thinking that he had lost his only son Theseus in the labyrinth near the Minotaur.
The most popular beaches worth visiting are: Limanakya (coves) Vulyagmenis with crystal clear water and Lake Voulyagmenis, formed about 2000 years ago, with emerald waters that keep the temperature between 20 and 29 degrees Celsius all year round. The natural hot springs have been declared a natural monument. Another ‘five-star’ beach is Asteras Vouliagmenis – with luxurious sun loungers, restaurants and volleyball courts. This is a favorite place of Greek stars, people come here to show themselves and look at others.