Best Beaches to Visit Near Athens, Greece
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Athens is the biggest city in Greece and while visiting here, it can feel a little overwhelming. It’s true that most people focus all their energy on shopping, eating great food, and visiting the historical landmarks and museums.
However, few people realize that there are communities on the outskirts of the city that are actually right on the water and you don’t need to travel far from the city center to get there, either. Many of these places are within the public transportation network and you can certainly take a taxi or your rental car to any of these spots.
Here’s more information about the best beaches to visit while in Athens:
At just twenty three kilometers away, Vouliagmeni is one of the closest beaches to the city center. This is a great beach to visit since it is well organized and has plenty of facilities for people to enjoy. It’s also a bustling area and there are plenty of things to do once you are done lounging in the sun. There are also tennis and volleyball courts at the beach as well as water slides and other things that kids might enjoy. This beach is also excellent for families and there are sun beds and umbrellas to rent, which will make your outing much easier.
Located near the Pireaus and Mikorlimano, Votasalakia Beach is one that you won’t want to miss. It is also only ten kilometers away from the Athens city center. Since it is so convenient to Athens, this beach can get crowded during peak tourist months and it is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. The beach is clean and the water is warm. However, you’ll want to bring a sturdy pair of beach shoes because the beach is made of pebbles, not sand.
If you want a beach that is known for its nightlife, you will want to head to a beach like Loutsa. Although it is only thirty kilometers from the center of the city, locals and tourists both flock here to enjoy the clubs, restaurants, and cafes. This beach, however, isn’t necessarily good for families since it gets so crowded. Pass this beach over if you’re looking for a place for the kids to play and splash around in the water. You will want to head here if the nightlife is your main motivation.
Porto Raffi Beach
Porto Raffi can provide you with the ultimate escape from the city. The beach is located in a picturesque and lovely beach community that can stand on its own as a resort. If you would rather stay away from the center of the city, you can easily make Porto Raffi your home base while visiting this part of Greece and journey to the city to see some of the historical sites and museums. Porto Raffi gives you the best of both worlds. The beach itself is usually busy with other resort goers, and it also draws a healthy crowd of locals.
While visiting the city of Athens, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit one of these beaches. No matter what you are in the mood for, there really is a beach for everyone. The main city center isn’t by the coast, but the sea isn’t far away.
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