The southern coast of Athens, a 35-mile stretch of pine-speckled beachfront, is gaining in recognition for vacationers eager on exploring the ruins in the metropolis’s historic heart, after which ditching the city sprawl (it’s a mere 25-minute drive from the Acropolis) for the charms of the Aegean Sea. The atmosphere of this coastal hideaway, recognized unofficially as the Athens Riviera, veers extra distant Greek island than urban-adjacent seaside city.
In-the-know Greeks and their celeb mates have lengthy decamped to its sandy shores on the shoreline of Attica, a triangular peninsula jutting into the sea. Rustic boîtes like Limanakia Beach Bar, tucked right into a craggy inlet and the place sun-bronzed Greeks leap from the surrounding cliffs into the turquoise sea), Blue Flag seashores (a premium designation for water purity) geared up with curtained solar beds, waiter service and entry to secluded swimming coves, plus a cool-kid cocktail scene, lend glamour to this pocket of suburban Athens.
The sundown view is the draw at this time-worn, naval-themed boîte in Alimos Marina. Kick again with a Mythos beer and just-caught calamari in the firm of trendy island-hoppers and fisherman contemporary from the surrounding boats.
Pier No 1, Alimos Marina, Athens
Recently revamped, the historic Astir Palace (frequent hang-out of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Charlton Heston, Frank Sinatra and Joan Collins), has upped the ante for seaside glitz right here. Perched on a peninsula straight on the Aegean Sea, the 303-room lodge has seven eating places and bars, personal seashores geared up with snorkeling, wind browsing and Jet Skis, quite a lot of swimming pools, boat outings to archaeological websites on close by islands (Aegina, Hydra, Poros) and sundown crusing nightly.
Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 166 71
Night life revolves round this sizzling spot the place locals and a flurry of glitterati (Jean Paul Gaultier, Moby, Chiara Ferragni, Olivia Palermo) converge for a tasteful supper by the sea adopted by DJ helmed dance get together that usually ends with espresso at dawn.
On the 27th kilometer of Athens-Sounio Avenue, 16672 Vári
four. Aqua Marina
For village-like allure and sweeping views of the yacht-dotted shoreline, pop into Aqua Marina bakery for conventional pastry (cream-filled phyllo, almond meringues, marzipan, baklava) or a signature Greek breakfast of eggs layered in oregano-dusted tomato purée and feta cheese.
Agiou Panteleimonos 15, Vouliagmeni 166 71
Within a volcanic crater amid dramatic rock formations, this emerald inexperienced lake (fully staffed with sun beds and an all-day cafe) doubles as a wellness destination. The privately operated attraction offers therapeutic bathing (the brackish waters have been soothing muscles since ancient times) and shaded, sage-scented grounds to while away the afternoon. This season, there are outdoor movement classes on those grounds and massages available in open-air thatched huts.
Lake Vouliagmeni, Vouliagmeni 166 7
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