The surrounding area of Athens is dotted with fabulous crystal beaches; some are quiet and isolated, while others are lively and fully organised. Thirteen of them met the Blue Flag Award criteria in 2014. Most of Athens’ beaches are only 20-40 minutes’ drive from the city centre, along the sheltered Saronic Gulf stretching from the southern suburbs of Athens to the southernmost point of the Attica peninsula, Cape Sounio ( 444- 440 BC.), where the marvelous Temple of Poseidon overlooks the Aegean sea. What’s more, Athens’ coastline is directly connected to its public transportation system, which is reliable and eenvironmentally friendly. Athens’ tramway is the easiest way to reach the coastline, go to the beach for a quick swim, and nip back to the city centre within a couple of hours.
The coast is convenient, comfortable, connected to Athens’ Metro and other means of transport, pet- and bicycle-friendly, and easily accessible to people with disabilities. So when in Athens, take the tramway and grab the opportunity to swim, relax at a waterfront café, walk along the picture-perfect pedestrian streets and marinas, practice your favourite water sports, shop in one of the area’s modern shopping centres, dine by the sea or enjoy yourself in one of the coastal avenue’s buzzing clubs. And all that is just a few kilometres away from the city centre!
Did you know? Attica (Attiki in Greek) derives from the ancient word “Aktiki” meaning a land with many “aktes”, or shores. Emerald shores with lovely clean blue waters are waiting to cool you off in beautiful surroundings and take your breath away. Whether you simply want to swim and enjoy clear waters, or practice your favourite sea sports such as diving, water-skiing, etc., the options are numerous.
Let’s head to the beach
The Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories, basically those that are public and free and those which are privately operated with an admission fee. As a general rule, free public beaches don’t offer any amenities (except a beach bar and umbrellas in some cases). The privately operated beaches offer sun loungers and umbrellas, showers and changing rooms. They also have beach bars, restaurants, sports activities and sometimes shops.
The Athenian beaches fall into two broad categories, basically those that are public and free and the privately operated ones with an admission fee. As a general rule, free public beaches don’t offer any amenities (except a beach bar and umbrellas in some cases). The privately operated beaches offer sun loungers and umbrellas, showers and changing rooms. There are beach bars, restaurants, sports activities and sometimes shops.
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