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Beautiful Beaches Near Athens, Greece

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Updated: 9 February 2017
The mere mention of Greece conjures up images of islands with sunny shores and deep-blue waters; however, you don’t have to take a ferry to find stunning beaches as there are plenty of them in or near Athens. Here is a selection of some of the most beautiful beaches located near the Greek capital.

Schinias Beach

Located about 45 kilometers north of Athens, Schinias Beach is a long stretch of sandy shores on Marathon Bay. Featuring many tavernas and cafés along the road, it includes not only private areas with entry fees but also fee-free beaches with very good facilities, such as Karavi. Schinias Beach is also home to top-notch windsurfing and beach volleyball facilities.



Located 20 kilometers from Athens, the beaches – including Megalo (big) and Mikro (small) – of Kavouri are an excellent choice for swimming, sunbathing, and traditional summer sports. Megalo Kavouri is free and boasts shallow waters, making it an ideal destination for families with small children. With several restaurants and cafés, you can easily spend the whole day there.

Kavouri area Vouliagmeni in Athens, Greece │© photo stella/Shutterstock

Kavouri area Vouliagmeni in Athens, Greece | © photo stella/Shutterstock


K.A.P.E. (Legraina)

Legraina’s beaches are easily recognizable by their sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Simply put, they are a well-known destination for Athenians. One such haven is K.A.P.E. (Center of Renewable Forms of Energy), so-called because of its close location to the site. You may have to take a short walk from the parking lot to reach your seaside destination, but the sight that welcomes you is worth the effort. (Note that the beach on the far right is popular with nudists.) While you’re there, why not continue to Sounio, very close by, to watch the sunset after a long day of relaxing on the shores?



There are days when you go to the beach wanting a no-frills experience. Then there are those days when you absolutely want a sun bed and umbrella. In those cases, head to Yabanaki Beach at the Varkiza Resort, which offers multiple activities and plenty of space so that you don’t feel cramped on busy summer days. If you prefer to stay away from resorts altogether, the nearby beaches will be a perfect spot for you.



The main beach of Vouliagmeni is a favorite of both locals and Athenians. Perfect for families, it offers plenty of space and many activities, including water sports. Be aware that in the summer, it becomes crowded quickly, especially on the weekends.



A short distance away from Vouliagmeni Lake, you will find a series of small coves that residents call Limanakia. A choice destination for locals, these rocky bays with crystal-clear waters offer many scuba diving options. You can reach the beach by following the path along the rocks.



Lagonissi is a small peninsula packed with villas and holiday homes. The area has many beaches, along with the Grand Resort Lagonissi – a major attraction for locals and tourists alike. Past the resort, you will find Pefko Beach, a free sandy destination where you can rent sunbed loungers and umbrellas.



The beach of Vromopousi is located about 53 kilometers away from the center of Athens, near the town of Keratea. It is not organized, meaning that you should pack water and food with you, but it is very clean. Resembling a beach you can find on a Cycladic island, it offers a lovely view of the uninhabited island of Makronissos.


Kakia Thalassa

Near Keratea, in northeastern Attica, Kakia Thalassa Beach is a pebbly destination surrounded by impressive cliffs and is separated into two areas by a rock where a little picturesque church stands tall. Sheltered from waves and the wind, it is ideal for families.

Kakia thalassa beach, Attica Greece │© fab drone/Shutterstock

Kakia Thalassa Beach, Attica, Greece | © fab drone/Shutterstock


Astir Beach

An all-time classic on the Athenian Riviera, Astir Beach is perfect for a laid-back day. With sun beds under the umbrella, showers, a snack bar, free Wi-Fi, and even organized activities, it’s paradise. A word of caution, though: during the weekends in summer, the beach can get crowded.

Aerial view of Astir Beach │© fab drone/Shutterstock

Aerial view of Astir Beach | © fab drone/Shutterstock