17 Incredible Stops on Athens Riviera Greece

Athens Riviera covers the gorgeous Athens coastline from Piraeus (where the main Athens port is) all the way to Cape Sounion (where the Temple of Poseidon stands), a total of 62.5 km.  

Alimos beach

The Athens Riviera crosses many of Athens’ southern suburbs and seaside resorts, all with inviting sandy or rocky beaches, and offers a stunning drive with endless Aegean sea views.

Cape Sounion

If you are planning a romantic Athenian Riviera vacation, or you are a family with children of any age, there are plenty of beautiful places to stay in Athens Riviera and feel like you are on a Greek island.

Varkiza Beach

Top stops in Athens Riviera:

  • Paleo Faliro
  • Flisvos Park and Marina Falirou
  • Alimos Marina
  • Greek Night Clubs
  • Hellinikon
  • Agios Kosmas Marina
  • Glyfada
  • Voula
  • Vouliagmeni
  • Vouliagmeni Lake
  • Limanakia beach
  • Varkiza, Lagonissi, Saronida, Anavyssos
  • Kape Beach
  • Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

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Up next I am going to tell you about 17 of the best stops on the Athens Riviera!

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1. Paleo Faliro

Athens Riviera. The Edem Beach in Paleo Faliro with palm trees and people at the playground
Faliro Edem Beach

Paleo Faliro is the first stop on the Athens Riviera coastline and is only 15 minutes away from Acropolis Hill. Paleo Faliro has modern apartment buildings and shops and is a well-looked-after area by the local authorities.

History Tip: Faliro used to be the main ancient port of Athens. During the Persian wars around 493 BCE, Themistocles, the stateman of Athens, started constructing the Piraeus Port. Apostle Paul during his second missionary trip, arrived in Faliro in 50 CE and not in Piraeus.

2. Flisvos Park and Marina Falirou

Athens Riviera.. Couple sitting at a restaurant looking at yachts in Flisvos Park and Marina
Smart taverns with excellent food

Flisvos in P. Faliro is a very popular place, especially in the summer.

The whole area of Flisvos Marina is a great commercial complex that offers diverse dining (there is a great Italian restaurant), shopping, and recreational opportunities – all within a natural environment overlooking the blue Saronic Gulf. 

Faliro Athens Riviera beach with people swimming
Paleo Faliro Beach late October

Paleo Faliro Beach attracts quite a few swimmers, especially the permanent residents of the area. One of the best things to do in Faliro is to walk the beautiful Flisvos pedestrian area towards Alimos Marina, which is located less than 1 km further down the shore.

Athens Riviera pedestrian with large palm trees and 2 people walking
Athens Riviera: Flisvos Promenade towards Alimos Marina

This wide idyllic palm pedestrian is a very popular spot where people from all over Athens come to bike, walk, run, play beach volleyball, party, or swim.

I often visit the area myself and buy some baked corn and chestnuts from street fooders and munch them while gazing at the sea.

Athens Riviera Hotels in Paleo Faliro

Paleo Faliro is conveniently located quite close to Athens center and right across the lovely blue sea, so it is a great idea to stay there for a night or more.

Athens Riviera hotel balcony with a tabe and chairs in Faliro
Unique Flat balcony

One of the best places to stay is the Unique Flat with Sea View at Edem Beach (from €120). Beautiful sea views from the balcony, stylish rooms with classical decoration, and can host up to 5 people.

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3. Alimos Marina

White yachts in Marina Alimos in Athens Riviera a sunny day
Marina Alimos

Alimos is right next to Paleo Faliro, another fantastic place for walking by the sea and admiring the luxurious yachts at its Marina. There is always a lot of sailing commotion around, especially in the summer with yachts sailing to the Greek islands.

Bolivar Beach Bar in Alimos

If you love organized beaches with beat music on a sandy beach half an hour away from Athens center you should go to Bolivar.

You can get snacks and drinks right on your umbrella, there is a bar and a very nice restaurant as well. There is an entrance fee and you also pay for the umbrellas and bed. More about Bolivar here.

4. Greek Night Clubs in Athens Riviera – Bouzoukia Athens

Athens Riviera.Greek Night club with singer and many people dancing
Bouzoukia

If you are looking for some fancy Greek nightlife, then you should go to Bouzoukia Athens. Bouzoukia is a Greek experience, with Greek pop music which at times sounds like Middle Eastern music, light shows, airborne carnations, young beautiful singers, cigarette smoke and booze, and Greeks of all ages partying till dawn!

Posidonio Music Hall (in the Elliniko area) & Frangelico (Alimos) are two very good examples of those clubs.

Bouzoukia Tip: Until the ’70s in Bouzoukia we used to break plates. For the last decades, it has been flowers and mainly carnations.

5. Hellinikon or Elliniko

Athens Riviera. Model building for Elliniko project
Model of Elliniko to be

Elliniko used to house the old International Athens Airport up until 2001 when the place was abandoned as the new Airport in Spata started operating.

Elliniko is now undergoing gigantic changes as there is a great project going on with the aim of turning the area into a recreational park with a five-star hotel and a casino. Quite an ambitious plan!

6. Agios Kosmas Marina

Agios Kosmas Marina is about 2.7 km from Alimos Marina, has 337 birthing places in total, and welcomes yachts of sizes from 15m to 80m. There is a large Sports center in Agios Kosmas with tracks for running.

I have witnessed some very beautiful sunsets in Agios Kosmas, as this is a quieter area and ideal for peaceful walking by the sea.

7. Glyfada in Athens Riviera

Glyfada, 5.5 km from Agios Kosmas Marina, is one of the most elegant and posh districts of Athens Riviera, mostly preferred by Greek pop stars and affluent foreigners as a residence.

The area stands out for its cosmopolitan clubs, fine hotels, sizeable shopping and boutiques, and high-end seafood restaurants.

Athens Riviera. Glyfada shopping area a pedestrian with shops and cars
Glyfada shopping area

A must-see and the best shopping area in Glyfada is Kiprou Street with Greek and International designer boutiques. The place not to miss is Glyfada Asteras Beach with its country club charm, an ideal setting for sundowners on the waterfront terrace.

Glyfada Golf tip: If you are a golf enthusiast you will be thrilled with the Glyfada Golf Club, a modern 18-hole course!

Athens Riviera Hotels in Glyfada

Athens Riviera Glyfada balcony with 2 black chairs

If you want to stay in Glyfada, in a modern, spacious apartment, with an amazing terrace and views then you should book at the Glyfada South42. It has apartments that can host both couples and families and it is very close to all the shopping and restaurants of Glyfada.

8. Voula

Credit: NouPou

Voula is just two miles south of Glyfada towards Sounion. It has two European blue flag beaches, organized and sandy with beautiful clear waters. The area is dominated by the century-old Asklipiou Hospital while all the action is centered around Voula’s main Vasileos Pavlou avenue.

Thanks to the special infrastructure that has been installed on the Voula beach, disabled people can also enjoy a swim.

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Athens Riviera Hotels in Voula Athens

Athens Riviera Blazer Suites Voula Athens breakfast table, full with food
Blazer Suites Breakfast

Boutique Hotel in Voula: Blazer Suites Hotel is within meters of the beautiful sandy Voula beach. The rooms are spacious and light-colored, there is a large swimming pool in the garden and the breakfast is to die for. A lot of honeymooners spend at least 2 nights here!

9. Vouliagmeni

Athens Riviera. Vouliagmeni beach with houses and trees in the backgroud
Credit: Trip to Athens

Vouliagmeni Bay, a pine-clad peninsula, is another gorgeous must-visit place in Athens Riviera. It is one of Attica’s most luxurious and popular beaches, offering stunning views of the distant Saronic Gulf islands.

The most famous beach is Astir Beach with shallow turquoise water, smooth sand, blue flag certification for cleanliness, and excellent facilities. Near the beach lie the ruins of the Ancient Temple of Apollo Zoster, built during the 6th century BC.

Another beautiful beach in Vouliagmeni, surrounded by a small pine forest is Kavouri, a secluded cove, with the ambiance of a Cycladic island beach.

Where to Eat in Vouliagmeni

Athens Riviera. An assortment of Greek traditionla dishes on a wooden tray
Four Seasons Tavern
  • I highly recommend Four Season’s Tavern, its tables are just inches from the water, with real traditional unpretentious Greek food
  • Bluefish: A quality restaurant specializing in fresh fish, served right by the sea
  • Ithaki Restaurant: A legendary restaurant with many guests from the international Jet-set

Athens Riviera Hotels in Vouliagmeni

Four seasons hotel in Vouliagmeni beach in Athens Riviera
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel

Best Luxury Hotel in Vouliagmeni: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens – most famous guests include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Charlton Heston, Frank Sinatra, and Joan Collins. It is perched on a peninsula directly on the Aegean Sea, equipped for snorkeling, windsurfing, and jet skis. A stunning place to fully enjoy the Athens Riviera.

 Pool of luxurious Margi hotel in Athens Riviera
The Margi Hotel

The Margi boutique hotel features an exotic, almost mystical atmosphere around its swimming pool. It also offers outstanding seafood at reasonable prices.

 10. Vouliagmeni Lake

Vouliagmeni Lake in Athens Riviera

At the end of the Vouliagmeni area, right across the sea lies the stunning lake Vouliagmeni, the remains of a huge limestone cave fed by lukewarm springs welling from underground.

You can swim in the Vouliagmeni Lake’s silky waters while getting a therapeutic spa for rheumatism and arthritis or have a coffee at the restaurant.

11. Limanakia Beach Athens

Limanakia Beach Bar

As soon as you leave the Vouliagmeni Lake towards Sounion, right on Athens coastline, there is an area called Limanakia, a series of small coves with deep blue water.

Liminakia Beach Bar is a secret place frequented mostly by Athenians and those who have stayed long enough in Athens to find out about its small secret places.

The simple wooden deck bar, perched on a rock face, and a meter away from pristine waters gets busy in the evenings with people eager to admire the beautiful sunset, have a drink, and enjoy a moonlit swim. 

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12-15. Varkiza, Lagonissi, Saronida, Anavyssos

Varkiza beach

Continuing at the Athens Riviera coastline, you find one amazing summer resort after the other:

Varkiza beach is the first place you find after the Limanakia and it is a quiet resort mostly preferred by Greeks with affordable seaside dining options. Many beach parties are organized at the Varkiza Beach Resort where the post-sunset scene takes off.

Driving from Varkiza towards Sounio you will find dozens of pretty beaches and coves with clear waters where you have a nice dive.

A sandy beach with a few people swimming in Athens Riviera Greece.
A beach after Varkiza

Saronida is 5 km from Lagonisi and it is another popular sea resort of Attica, with its fine slopes of surrounding hills. You can see villas and holiday resorts all around the area.

The next stop in the Athens Riviera is the beach town of Anavyssos. Anavyssos, only 7.5 km from Saronida is popular for its windsurfing facilities and great seafood at its fish taverns.

16. Legrena KAPE Beach in Athens Riviera

Legrena Kape Beach

12 km from Anavyssos and 7 km before the Archaeological Site of Sounion, is located the beautiful Legrena KAPE Beach. It can be tricky to find as you need to turn right at a certain point where a small sign is. KAPE is an isolated small pebble beach, with crystal clear turquoise waters.

In July and August, weekends can get very crowded so I try to visit during the week, whenever this is possible. There is a canteen at the top of the cliffs for some simple refreshments.  

17. Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

Athens Riviera. Evgenia from Travel the Greek Way pointing at the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion
Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon

From Legrena Beach the coastal road continues to Cape Sounio, driving by the rugged terrain of this southern region of Athens.

Sounion Cape was ancient Athens’ strategic point, controlling the sea passage to the Aegean Sea and Piraeus, as well as the Lavrion peninsula. In Sounion stands the imposing Temple of Poseidon, a stunning sight from the 5th century BC.

Sounion Beach as seen from the Sounion Archaeological site

Besides the Temple of Poseidon, there are other important ruins all around that you should visit: The fortress, the sanctuaries, and a settlement as well as a cemetery.

Across the Temple, you can find one of the most gorgeous beaches in Greece, Sounion Bay, lined with fresh fish taverns and exquisite hotels.

Athens Riviera Hotel in Sounion Cape

Athens Riviera. Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, Grcotel hotel
Grecotel Resort

The Best Hotel to stay in Sounion Athens Riviera is the Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort, a stunning hotel right across from the Temple of Poseidon with top-notch cuisine and service.

What to Wear in Athens Riviera

This depends on the season you are visiting but anytime between May and October, essential things to have in Greece are:

How to get to Athens Riviera from Athens Center

You can take the tram from Syntagma Square to Voula (so slow you can take a thousand photos easily). The coastline from Voula to Sounio is best explored by rental car. You will want to stop many times to look at the sea view, take a photo, and walk by the sea.

You can also take the public bus from Pedion Areos in Athens center to Sounion (choose the Athens Riviera route). It will take you about 2 hours to reach Sounion from Athens.

Private Transfer to your Hotel

Book a private transfer with an English-speaking driver from Athens International Airport or Piraeus Ferries to any hotel in Athens. You avoid the hassle of public transport and minimize the risk of having your luggage lost or stolen. Check this professional and reliable private transfer in a Luxury Mercedes Van here.

Best stops in Athens Riviera

  • Paleo Faliro
  • Flisvos Park and Marina Falirou
  • Alimos Marina and Bolivar Beach Bar
  • Greek Night Clubs
  • Hellinikon
  • Agios Kosmas Marina
  • Glyfada
  • Voula
  • Vouliagmeni
  • Vouliagmeni Lake
  • Limanakia beach
  • Varkiza, Lagonissi, Saronida, Anavyssos
  • Kape Beach
  • Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon

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2 thoughts on “17 Incredible Stops on Athens Riviera Greece”

  1. I think it’s almost time to look for a ticket to Greece, for the fall. These photos make me want to visit more and more, and I think even this week it may be possible for Americans to enter! But I will wait for the cooler weather in the fall because its better for hiking.

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  2. Yes, I also think it is high time you booked your ticket to Greece and join me for good hikes in Athens and the Greek islands! Indeed Americans will be allowed into the country. The best time for hiking in Greece is April and May because everything has blossomed and the nature is full of hundreds of different flowers.

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