Athens beaches

Although Athens is mostly famous for its sightseeing and not for the beaches, there are though many beautiful beaches in Athens. Athens beaches are spread all along the southern and the northeastern side of the Attica peninsula. All the coastline from Glyfada to Cape Sounion have nice organized Athens beaches as well as secluded coves to enjoy a day at the sun. You will find below a list of the best beaches in Athens Greece.
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Guide to 20 beaches

Discover our guide to 20 beautiful Athens beaches. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Athens. For the most popular spots, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.

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Varkiza

Party, Sandy, Organised
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Location: 27 km south of Athens
Description: Varkiza is a lovely seaside town in the south of Athens, on the way to Sounion. Its beach is sandy, well organized and very popular in summer.
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Vouliagmeni

Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised
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Location: 23 km south of Athens
Description: The beach of Vouliagmeni is located south of Athens, on the way to Sounio. It is well organized and it gets very popular in summer.
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Vouliagmeni Lake

Organised
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Location: 23 km south of Athens
Description: The lake of Vouliagmeni is a picturesque place to swim and relax. It is believed that its water has therapeutic purposes.
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Schinias

Windsurfing, Party, Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Water sports
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Location: 45 km north east of Athens
Description: Schinias is one of the most beautiful and best organized beach on the north eastern side of Athens. It has sandy coast, clean water and it is surrounded by many watersports centres.
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Cape Sounion

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised
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Location: 65 km south east of Athens
Description: Cape Sounion is the southernmost spot of Attica Peninsula. Although the area is mostly famous for the ancient temple of Poseidon, it also has some nice, sandy coves to swim.
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Legrena

Sandy, Family Friendly, Secluded, Non Organised, Nudism Friendly
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Location: 64 km south east of Athens
Description: This is a beautiful secluded beach just before Cape Sounion, the southernmost spot of Attica. It has crystal water and a secluded environment.
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Porto Rafti

Family Friendly, Pebbled, Organised
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Location: 35 km south east of Athens
Description: This is a beautiful cove that gets very popular in summer. Some ancient remains have been found in the area, as in the antiquity boats to the sacred island of Delos would leave from the small port of Porto Rafti.
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Loutsa

Windsurfing, Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised
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Location: 30 km east of Athens
Description: Loutsa, or else Artemis, is a long sandy beach on the eastern side of Attica. It is famous as a beach resort and gets very popular in summer.
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Lagonisi

Diving Club, Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 40 km south east of Athens
Description: Picturesque coves and clean water are the characteristics of Lagonisi, on the way to Sounio, where many Athenians have summer houses.
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Kalivia

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 44 km south of Athens
Description: Kalivia is a relaxing seaside region south of Athens. Many Athenians have summer houses there.
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Anavissos

Diving Club, Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised
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Location: 52 km south east of Athens
Description: Anavissos is a relaxing beach resort south of Athens, close to Cape Sounion. Many Athenians have summer houses in the region and the region is well developed in tourism.
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Voula

Sandy, Organised
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Location: 18 km south of Athens
Description: This is a long and sandy beach in the south of Athens, on the way to Cape Sounion. Many cafeterias, taverns and sport centres line the coast.
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Kavouri

Party, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 20 km south of Athens
Description: The relaxing beach of Kavouri is kind of secluded from the coastal highway but it gets pretty crowded in summer due to its sandy coast and the shallow water.
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Alimos

Party, Pebbled, Organised, Water sports
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Location: 11 km south of Athens
Description: Due to its closeness to Athens city centre, this is one of the most popular beaches close to the town. Many cafeterias and sports centres surround this beach.
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Glyfada Beach

Pebbled, Non Organised
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Location: 16 km south of Athens
Description: The beach of Glyfada is sandy and gets very crowded in summer due to its closeness to the city centre. Many cafeterias and clubs line the coast.
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Lomvarda

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 30 km south of Athens
Description: This small, sandy beach is located close to Vouliagmeni, on the way to Sounio. It has both organized and secluded parts.
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Votsalakia

Pebbled, Organised
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Location: 10 km south of Athens, in Piraeus
Description: Votsalakia is a lovely beach in the town of Piraeus. It usually gets very crowded in summer and it is close to cafeterias, taverns and sports facilities. The coast is pebbled but clean.
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Vravrona

Partly Organized, Family Friendly, Pebbled
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Location: 38 km east of Athens
Description: Vravrona is a lovely beach resort that also has archaeological importance. There lays the ancient temple of goddess Artemis.

Kokkino Limanaki

Pebbled, Non Organised
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Location: 27 km east of Athens
Description: Kokkino Limanaki is a narrow beach close to Rafina, the second most popular port of Athens. This beautiful beach is surrounded by steep cliffs and has crystal water.

Marathon Beach

Diving Club, Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly
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Location: 40 km north east of Athens
Description: Located on the north eastern side of Athens, this is a long and sandy coast, next to other famous beaches, such as Schinias and Nea Makri.

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