Athens Coast

Athens Coast holidays

For that island magic without leaving the Greek mainland, choose the Athens Coast. Stretching along the Saronic Gulf from the ancient capital, this seaside stunner has been a jet-set favourite since the 1960s. So as you’d expect, it delivers a masterclass in cosmopolitan nightlife and chic coastal resorts. As the centuries-old relics and urban sprawl of Athens melt away, palm-lined promenades, yacht-filled marinas and pine-fringed beaches come into view. From the vibrant shores of Glyfada to the ancient temple of Poseidon in Sounion, there’s a sunshine spot with your name on it…

Anavyssos

Set around a wide sandy bay, Anavyssos is a relaxed beach town down the coast from Athens.

Glyfada

Glyfada scores high on the sophistication scale. Hemmed in by pine trees and teeming with whitewashed buildings, this seaside district of Athens is all sleek boutiques, pavement cafés and swaying palm trees.

Lagonissi

Jutting out into the sparkling sapphire waters of the Saronic Gulf, Lagonissi is nestled on a pretty peninsula.

Marathon

On the east coast of Attica is the quaint town of Marathon that’s blanketed with lush green landscapes. It’s famed for its historical significance as the site of the Battle of Marathon which took place in 490 BC.

Mati

Welcome to Mati, a laidback seaside town on Attica’s east coast, 18 miles from Athens.

Sounio

The Sounio peninsula is often referred to as the summer playground for Athenians and, after a quick look around, you’ll soon see why.

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Anavyssos, Athens Coast

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Anavyssos, Athens Coast

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  • New for Summer 2024
  • Direct access to the beach
  • Stunning sea views
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Language

Greek

Currency

Euro (€)

Time difference

+2hrs

Local beer

£4.30

Meal for two

£43

Average flight time

3.5hrs

Bumper beaches

Lots of the beaches here show off Blue Flags and emerald waters, with public and private patches to choose from. So the decision is yours – laze on plush loungers while listening to house music or pack your own picnic, roll out your towel and get stuck into a good book. Love water sports? Windsurfing and sailing are big business here too.

Ancient Athens

From the Athens Coast, you could be in the Greek capital in just 30 minutes. Capped by the incredible Acropolis, this ancient gem is rich in history with a modern vibe. When you’ve ticked off the Parthenon and Anafiotika, outstanding shopping and rooftop bars await. A tram connects Athens from Syntagma Square all the way down to Voula, making it super-easy to get into the city.

Atmospheric after dark

Beach bars and bass-filled clubs mean the Athens Coast really comes to life after dark. Whether dancing barefoot on the sand or sipping cocktails by the sea is your style, there’s nightlife for everyone here. Look out for Glyfada and Vouliagmeni – they’re two of the best resorts for a buzzy feel.

Beaches

The beaches along the huge stretch of Athens Coast are a tapestry of biscuity hues, offering sandy stretches and crystalline waters. Serene coves that are barely touched are dotted among livelier stretches that are great for families. Each beach provides a unique setting and the perfect plots to roll out your towel and soak up that Greek sunshine. See all beaches (10)
Alimos Beach

Alimos Beach

Glyfada, Athens Coast

Sprawl out on this sand-and-shingle stretch of shore that curves right around the bay Alimos. There are sunloungers to rent and a handy beach bar just behind for snacks and drinks! It gets quite busy during the...
Anavyssos Beach

Anavyssos Beach

Anavyssos, Athens Coast

Enjoy a day soaking up the rays on Anavyssos Beach. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters or recline on a sunbed. It’s fab for families, with lots of handy amenities nearby, including beach bars and...

Sights

When you fancy a break from sunbathing, and you’re not heading to the capital to explore, there’s plenty to see right here on the coast. The Ancient Temple of Poseidon in Sounio and the thermal springs and picturesque lake in Vouliagmeni are just a handful of must-sees to add to your list.

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Archaeological Site of Brauron

Archaeological Site of Brauron

Vravrona, Athens Coast

Explore the fascinating Archaeological Site of Brauron and step back in time to ancient Greece! The impressive remains are nestled near the twinkling Aegean, and offer a glimpse into the rich history of Athens...
Church of Agios Nikolaos

Church of Agios Nikolaos

Glyfada, Athens Coast

This Greek Orthodox church sits on the Glyfada’s main square and was established in 1937. Inside, it’s intricately decorated and features marble pillars and glistening gold accents. Weddings regularly take...

Activities

Athens Coast provides a huge range of things to do where you can learn about time-honoured history, relax and unwind, enjoy culinary delights, and soak up the region’s natural beauty. Adventure or relaxation, whatever your holiday plans look like, they’re all catered for.

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Archaeological Museum of Marathon

Archaeological Museum of Marathon

Marathon, Athens Coast

Explore a treasure trove of ancient history at the Archaeological Museum of Marathon. Housing a fascinating collection of artefacts, including sculptures, pottery and weaponry, this exhibition is a must-visit...
Athens Divers Club

Athens Divers Club

Anavyssos, Athens Coast

Ever wondered what it's like to breathe underwater? Be introduced to the art of scuba diving at Athens Divers Club. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, a team of fully certified instructors are on hand to make...

Eating and drinking

Here, it’s all about al fresco beachfront restaurants and making the most of those sensational sea views as you dine. Mediterranean and Greek favourites fill most menus and you’re in the best place to sample sublime seafood. Local Greek wines, sweet baklava and a glass of punchy ouzo top the experience off perfectly.

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Astir Beach Club

Shopping

From boutique shops to local street markets, whatever your shopping choice, you can do it in style here. Designer brands can be picked up in Glyfada, but if you’re after some more authentic souvenirs like olive oil soap and evil eye jewellery, make a beeline for Vouliagmeni’s many markets.

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Designer Outlet Athens

Designer Outlet Athens

Mati, Athens Coast

Discover a shopper's paradise at Designer Outlet Athens. Nestled in the heart of Greece, this something-for-everyone shopping centre boasts a huge range of brands and designers, all under one roof! High-end...
Glyfada Farmer's Market

Glyfada Farmer's Market

Glyfada, Athens Coast

This colourful farmer’s market is a vibrant hub for fresh produce, local goods and clothing. Open on Thursdays, you can pick up everything from seasonal fruits and vegetables to artisan products and traditional...
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