Over the centuries the sea has sculpted the land of Attica, fashioning for it a necklace of incomparable shores. Its very name stems from the more ancient "Aktiki", meaning just that, a land with many “aktes”, that is, many shores.
People with sophisticated tastes adore the beaches of Attica. The choices are unlimited. Whether visitors simply want the embrace of the sea, or whether they want to enjoy a favourite sea sport - diving, water-skiing, fishing - they will find all they need on the beaches of Attica, and more besides.
If one wishes to experience the cosmopolitan aspect of the sea and the first-rate amenities, then Attica’s well organized beaches are an ideal destination. The crystal-clear waters, endless sandy beaches and the professional care offered by those running these well-known, popular beaches, guarantee pleasure to whoever wishes to relax in the sea and sun.
Heavenly spas, beach bars, excellent restaurants, strenuous sea sports and strong infrastructure all go to make up an irresistible proposal. Voula, Vouliagmeni, Kavouri, Lagonisi and many other beaches are the trademark of the summer scene.
These modern oases bathe in the glory bestowed upon them by the presence of many show biz celebrities ever since the vibrant 1960s. And each and every person sipping a drink by the water’s edge is justified in feeling like a celebrity too.
Virgin beaches – the secret charm of the sea
Attica’s endless indented coastline arouses yet other emotions. Tiny beaches, pebbled or sandy, peaceful, perhaps with a welcoming little beach shop, or again perhaps completely unspoilt, await the traveller to cast their spell.
Families or groups of friends wanting to peacefully enjoy the sea have innumerable options. Limanakia in Vouliagmeni, Thymari in Palaia Fokaia, Charakas, Legraina, are just some of the more well-known but at the same time quiet beaches.
Magical Sounion has one of the most exquisite sunsets, captured on thousands of photographs. It is one of the most easily recognizable spots on the planet. The majestic temple of Poseidon and the ruins of the temple of Athena are a place of pilgrimage for mankind.
Below the Temple of Poseidon, at Kavokolones, it is a privilege to swim off the most famous cape in the world. And of course to gaze upon the same horizon that bewitched Lord Byron.
Very near Sounion, the mystical Lavrio offers travellers precious moments. Pasalimani in Lavrio, Pounta Zeza and other small rocky coves are ideal for relaxing and getting away from it all.
All along the coast from Voula to Lavrio, and even further north towards the Gulf of Evia, tiny wooded beaches hidden away from the crowds, are visited by few. A short hike from the coastal road can lead one to discover unspoilt hidden bays. Rocky inlets, caves flirting with the waves and tiny stretches of sand make up the "other" coast of Attica. Sea lovers meet up at Laimos in Vouliagmeni, at Thymari, further away in Ramnounta and at all the hidden jewels of beaches, that are yet so near to Athens.
Tracing the Saronic Gulf, this time to the south-west of Athens, we come across exquisite beaches, true jewels. Loutropyrgos, Neraki, Kinetta, and other less known beaches, such as Kalogerolimano, are situated within easy reach of Athens and can provide an alternative proposal to get away from it all.
The western shores of Attica – in the embrace of the Corinthian Gulf
People subconsciously associate Attica with the Saronic Gulf. Yet it is also washed by the Evoikos Gulf to the east and the Corinthian Gulf to the west.
The Corinthian Gulf has a different kind of charm. It is not a wide gulf with a vast sea horizon like the Saronic Gulf. It is a "small sea".
On this side of Attica are some excellent beaches, popular with lovers of natural beauty. Psatha, Porto Germeno and the other beaches on the Corinthian Gulf lie in their quiet beauty beneath Mount Pateras. Infrastructure is exemplary, with many hotels, restaurants, seaside shops and lively villages. Pine-wooded trails lead down to wonderful, usually pebbled beaches. If one wishes to experience the full richness that summer has to offer in Attica, then the all-embracing Corinthian Gulf is a must.
Not only in summer
Attica’s beaches are not only to be enjoyed for swimming in summer. All year round visitors can find wonderful restaurants where they can enjoy a coffee, a drink or fine seafood. The Athens Riviera is just perfect for beautiful romantic autumn walks, winter getaways – even bike rides - overlooking the sunset-red sea, spring excursions under a warm sun, and unforgettable picnics with a sea-breeze sharpening the senses. Residents of the capital and visitors from all corners of the earth can relax and enjoy the vibrant beauty of Attica’s beaches every day – and night – of the year.