The most exclusive seaside town of the Athenian Riviera – Vouliagmeni – is located around 20km (12mi) south of Greece’s capital. Glamorous, laid-back and lively at the same time, the area is a favourite summer hangout for locals and travellers. Offering plenty to see and do, Vouliagmeni makes a great alternative to the noise and traffic of central Athens. Here’s our guide to Vouliagmeni, Greece.
Things to do in Vouliagmeni, Greece
Vouliagmeni’s Akti Beach is the destination of choice for Athenians who enjoy watersports and beach volleyball. A day at the popular resort guarantees fun for groups of friends and families. Along the coast, visitors can try out waterskiing at one of the several ski centres in the area.
However, the most famous place to check out is Lake Vouliagmeni – a year-round destination in the Attic peninsula and the spot for a distinctive swimming experience. The lake has warm waters – with an average temperature of 24C (75F) – and contains minerals and salt considered to have healing properties for skin conditions. Pair a morning at the lake with an afternoon visit to a local spa and thalassotherapy centre.
For a more adventurous experience, take a brisk walk along the hills of Vouliagmeni, an awesome spot to soak up views of the Saronic Islands. Take a sunset tour along the coast, and combine it with a visit to the wonderful Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. The area is especially romantic at sunset, with stunning views over the Aegean.
Alternatively, you can have a more exclusive experience on a half-day sailing tour. Yachts and boats depart from Alimos Marina – 15 minutes by car from Vouliagmeni – and take you on a journey along the crystal waters of the Athenian coastline.
Places to stay in Vouliagmeni, Greece
The Margi is a chic boutique hotel in the most exclusive part of the Athenian Riviera – just steps away from the area’s best sandy beaches. The hotel has extremely comfortable facilities, and combines artwork from all corners of the world with superb cuisine from its doorstep – the organic ingredients come from its own farm.
Astir Palace is an iconic hideaway at the tip of a pine-clad peninsula in the heart of the Athenian Riviera. Perks include the signature Four Seasons breakfast, a spa and indoor pool, as well as laid-back suites and bungalows with a stylish retro-chic design and unique coastal views.
Azur is another amazing boutique hotel. Surrounded by beautiful pine-tree woods, this venue is metres from some of the best beaches in the area – including Vouliagmeni and Okeanida. Cinq All-Day Restaurant & Bar is the star of the hotel – its contemporary, atmospheric setting is where you’ll savour a delicious home-made breakfast each morning.
Best places to eat in Vouliagmeni, Greece
One of the best dining spots in Vouliagmeni is Malabar, within the premises of the Margi Hotel. The restaurant takes pride in its impressive wine list and cocktails as well as its delicious fish dishes, all served in a romantic poolside setting. Another amazing spot on the Athenian Riviera is Ithaki, with an interesting fusion menu and some of the most impressive sunset vistas you could imagine.
For a more relaxed vibe, head for the marina. There, pick a table at Moorings, where you can choose between a succulent, American-style burger or a more delicate plate of sushi – among the many eclectic propositions on the menu.
Best time to visit Vouliagmeni, Greece
Vouliagmeni’s pristine sandy beaches are best enjoyed during summer, from June to September. However, being such an important town near Athens, the area is always alive – offering plenty to do whenever you visit.
Getting to Vouliagmeni, Greece
You can easily get to Vouliagmeni from the centre of Athens with a taxi ride for around €25 – the journey takes around 45 minutes. You can save money by taking the metro to Elliniko station and taking a taxi from there. However, it’s cheaper and easier to reach Vouliagmeni from the Port of Piraeus with public transport – take the 122 bus, with a ticket costing €3.
This is an updated version of an article originally by India Doyle.
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