The tram is a way of crossing the city down to the southern coastal suburbs in the spirit of a traveller. Carefree and with the safety of fixed tracks, one can enjoy the route as it opens up before them. Connections with the Metro and other means of transport, easy accessibility for the disabled, the ability to travel without being separated from one’s favourite pet, and bicycle access have made the Athens tram very popular.
Stopping at organized and non-organized beaches nearest the city, it is the most popular means of transport in the summer with all those wishing to enjoy a swim without having to worry about driving. Environmentally and passenger friendly, the tram is one of the most poetic ways of travelling.
Line 3 – Gazing out to sea
Apart from being convenient, the Athens tram is designed to bring the passenger pleasure. Beyond its purely urban use, it allows one to enjoy the Athens seafront from Faliro to Voula. It runs along one of the most impressive axes in the southern suburbs of Athens, by the seaside all the way.
The tram’s coastal route begins from the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Faliro. It terminates at the Asklipieio Hospital in Voula, having made thirty stops down the entire coastal road. It serves all the southern suburbs, Kallithea, Nea Smyrni, Palio Faliro, Alimos, Elliniko, Glyfada, providing a comfortable means of transport. Primarily though it offers the chance for a wonderful tour.
By taking the tram, one can enjoy a walk or a swim at Floisvos, Bati, Edem, Alimos, Kalamaki, or Agios Kosmas. One can stop for a coffee at Trocadero, for a walk in Alimos marina, for a drink in Glyfada square or just to watch a race at the Sailing Centre. One can stop in Voula to enjoy seafood or simply to gaze at the sea. The choices are endless. Taking the tram on a Saturday evening becomes an opportunity for a proper excursion, without even leaving the city.
The tram links the most popular seaside areas. A relaxing stroll or, for whoever feels more sporty, a bicycle ride along the coastal road is the best way to experience the southern part of Athens. Urban landscapes with intense colour, such as Faliro, Alimos and Glyfada, and natural beauty just a stone’s throw from the city are displayed along this magical route so the visitor can get to know them and Athens’ usually hurried residents can see them in a new light and get to love them again.
Many sports and cultural events take place along this route. The Peace and Friendship Stadium and the Tae Kwon Do Olympic venue to begin with are a constant attraction both due to international games as well as to concerts by great artists held there. Musical evenings, youth rallies, flower exhibitions that flood the seaside with colours and fragrances, visual interventions, summer parties in the moonlight, almost every day and every night of the year "something’s afoot" between Faliro and Voula. The Athens’ seafront throbs with life and action. With the tram it is enticingly easy to find oneself in the midst of this vitality, to become part of the celebration.
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