Updated January 10th, 2022 by Travel the Greek Way
Where is the Athens Riviera?
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.
The Athens Riviera crosses many Athens southern suburbs and seaside resorts, all with inviting sandy or rocky beaches, and offers a stunning drive with endless Aegean sea views.
If you and your loved one are planning a romantic Athenian Riviera vacation, then you should know that there are many romantic places to see in Athens riviera for couples.
I have been to Athens Riviera so many times and realized that I have never really shared my list of the best things to do in Athens Riviera, so I decided that it’s about time!
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Up next I am going to tell you about 17 of the best stops in Athens Riviera!
Athens Riviera Quick reference
Best Athens Riviera Hotel: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
There are public buses going to all places mentioned in the post but I strongly recommend going by private car as it offers the freedom to have as many stops as you want in Athens Riviera. Check RentalCars.com for great deals in Athens.
Athens Riviera Map
Get your Interactive Athens Riviera Map here to drive to any of the places listed on the best stops in Athenian Riviera.
Paleo Faliro, the first stop in the Athens Riviera coastline and 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: Apostle Paul arrived by boat to Faliro in 50 AD and went on to Athens to start his preaching on Jesus and the new religion.
Flisvos Park and Marina Falirou
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 Mediterranean sea.
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.
This wide idyllic-palm pedestrian is a very popular spot where people from all over Athens come to bike, walk, run, play beach volley, party or swim.
I often visit the area myself and buy some baked corn and chestnuts from street fooders and munch it 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.
The mid-range hotels below have fantastic sea views with modern facilities and excellent staff:
- Poseidon Athens Hotel: an excellent choice with a great seafront view, wide breakfast choices and beautifully decorated rooms
- Coral Hotel Athens: a great hotel with elegant rooms on the Faliro seafront and friendly staff
Alimos is right next to Paleo Faliro, another fantastic place for walking by the sea and admiring the endless and luxurious yachts at its Marina. There is always a lot of sailing commotion around, especially in the summer with beautiful yachts sailing to the Greek islands.
Alimos Marina is one of the largest marinas in Greece with 1080 berths while there is a dry docking area for approximately 600 boats. The marina can accommodate yachts up to 40 meters long.
Greek Night Clubs in Athens Riviera – Bouzoukia Athens
If you are looking for some fancy Greek nightlife, then you should go to Bouzoukia Athens. Bouzoukia is a totally 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.
Hellinikon or Elliniko
Elliniko used to house the old International Athens airport up until 2001 when the place was abandoned as the new International Athens airport in Spata started operating.
Elliniko is now undergoing gigantic changes as there is a great project going on with the aim to turn Elliniko into a recreational park with a casino, hotels, and other facilities.
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 more quiet area and ideal for peaceful walking by the sea.
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.
Glyfada stands out for its cosmopolitan clubs, its fine hotels, its sizeable shopping and boutiques, and high-end seafood restaurants.
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
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 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.
Athens Riviera Hotels in Voula Athens
Boutique Hotel in Voula: Blazer Suites Hotel within meters from the beautiful sandy Voula beach. The rooms are spacious, 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! Check prices and availability on Booking
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 Beach, a secluded cove, and with the ambiance of a Cycladic island beach.
Great Restaurants in Vouliagmeni
- I highly recommend Four Season’s tavern, its tables are just inches from the water, with real traditional unpretentious Greek food
- Blue fish: A quality restaurant specialised 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
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.
The Margi boutique hotel features an exotic, almost mystical atmosphere around its swimming pool. It also offers outstanding seafood at reasonable prices. Check out availability and prices on Booking.com.
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.
Book a Walking Tour in Vouliagmeni Lake
Escape the city bustle with a 2-hour guided walk in the magnificent Vouliagmeni Hills and enjoy breathtaking views of the Saronic Gulf archipelago. Later opt for a swimming stop at the Vouliagmeni Lake and for a meal at a traditional tavern.
If you love walking, this is a great opportunity to walk around one of the most beautiful areas in Athens with the professionalism of Get Your Guide reps in Athens.
Limanakia Beach Athens
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.
Varkiza, Lagonissi, Saronida, Anavyssos
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.
14 km from Varkiza you find the Grand Beach at Lagonissi an organized sandy beach, with sporting facilities, showers, an open-air cinema, and a jetty bar with impressive views and a menu of cocktails.
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.
Next stop in Athens Riviera and 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.
Legrena KAPE Beach in Athens Riviera
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.
Cape Sounion and the 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 site of 5th century BC.
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.
Sounio and Athens Riviera Private Tour
Book a private tour with pick-up and drop-off service from your Athens hotels, stop at Glyfada, Vouliagmeni Lake, Lagonissi, Sounion Cape and enjoy a meal at a seaside restaurant. Check for availability and prices at Viator here
Athens Riviera Hotel in Sounion Cape
The Best Hotel to stay in Sounion Athens Riviera is the Cape Sounio, Grecotel Exclusive Resort A stunning hotel right across the Temple of Poseidon with top-notch cuisine and service. Check availability and prices on Booking.
How to get to Athens Riviera from Athens Center
You can take the tram from Syntagma square to Voula (so slow you can make a thousand photos easily). The coastline from Voula to Sounio is best explored by car. You will definitely want to stop many times to look at the sea view, take a photo, walk by the sea. Check out Rentalcars.com as they have the best deals with the most reliable reps in Greece.
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 English speaking chauffeur 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
Where Best to Stay in Athens
Looking for the Best Hotels near old Athens Plaka and Acropolis Parthenon?
Or you would like to stay at a beachfront hotel?
Perhaps you are more in-budget hotels interested?
Whichever your preferences I have collected the best options for your staying in Athens below:
How to Get to Greece
Like most visitors to Greece, you will probably have to fly to Athens or Thessaloniki International Airports to get to your final destinations.
For the Cheapest, Fastest, Best Worldwide Flights, I highly recommend the Skyscanner search engine site.
Some of my Favorite Travel Resources for Greece
- Airflights: Cheap/Fast/Best Worldwide Flights from KAYAK or SkyScanner search engine site
- Map of Athens Metro
- Booking.com: I use Booking.com because I can get the best deals, have info on hotels and Airbnb’s alike, with breakfast or not, free cancellations, and great prices!
- Ferries to the Greek Islands: Book your ferry transfer with FerryScanner or FerryHopper, and get the best prices in the market with no hidden fees
- World Nomads Insurance: I feel insecure traveling to another country without having even the most basic of insurances. Insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations
- Best car rental prices – Guaranteed. RentalCars.com
- Get Your Guide: For all your day or multi-day tours and city guide needs, I use Get Your Guide
- iVisa: For any questions, you may have about your documents, passport if you need a visa, a new photo, or any visa-related matter, iVisa is your man (or woman!)
- Emergency Numbers Anywhere in Greece: AMBULANCE 166 – FIRE 199 – POLICE 100– EMERGENCY NUMBER 112
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