A few kilometres away from the Athens, the city landscape is replaced by a unique seaside resort. This part of the coast will enchant you with its crystal clear waters, organized beaches, five-star resorts, restaurants and a bustling night life. Here, villas of the Greek elite are located.
The Athenian Riviera begins in Faliro and ends in Sounio. A tram that departs from Syntagma Square connects the metropolitan centre with the southern suburbs. This is the slowest way to get to the coast. Here, there are beaches with the Blue Flag: in Anavissos, Varkiza, Vouliagmeni, Lagonissi, and from this part it is easy to get to the popular islands of the Saronic Gulf (Salamina, Aegina). The most important landmark of the region is the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio (440 BC). According to the legend, the Athenian king Aegeus died here, who had been mistaken that he had lost his only son Theseus in the labyrinth of the Minotaur.
The most popular beaches that are worth visiting are: Limanakya and Vulyagmeni, which has crystal clear waters. Worth visiting is also the Lake Vulyagmeni, which carries the same name and was formed about 2000 years ago, with its emerald waters that keep the temperature high ranging from 20 to 29 degrees during the whole year. This area also issues hot springs which were declared a natural monument. Another 'five-star' beach is Asteras Vulyagmenis, offering luxurious sun loungers, restaurants and volleyball courts. It is also a favourite place of Greek stars who often come here to relax and show off their new swimming costumes