- Posted by Beach Buddy
- On August 14, 2019
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We are so excited to have Joanna Kalafatis from losethemap.com taking over our blog this week!
Plenty of Athenian residents or tourists feel that they can only truly enjoy the Greek summer by heading out to one of the islands. However, Athens and the surrounding region of Attica offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy beach bars, water sports, seaside dining, and scuba diving excursions within 40 minutes of the city center. Below are 8 ways you can enjoy the Greek summer in Athens so you can enjoy a blissful and beautiful time without ever really leaving the city.
1. Head to one of the inflatable playgrounds (waterparks) and have a day full of fun
Either with kids or without there is nothing more fun than a day in one of the waterparks across the Athens Riviera. There are quite a few of them along the coastline, but the closest to Athens downtown is Wetpark Alimos. Part of an organised beach with sunbeds, beach bars and restaurants it is just 20min away from the Acropolis and can be reached by either tram, bus or taxi.
2. Try windsurfing, SUP and other water sports at Moraitis Beach and other beaches
With plenty of wonderfully organised water sports schools all up and down Schinias Beach, just a few miles northeast of Athens, you can try your hand at windsurfing, waterski and SUP or just have fun with the towed inflatables in the sea. It is just a 40-minute drive from the city center. Places like Moraitis Beach have an island, beach bar vibe to them, as well as plenty of equipment to rent for water sports and qualified instructors to help beginners learn!
3. Sailing Cruise down the Athens Riviera for a special occasion
If you want to make your birthday party extra memorable this year or just want to have a full holiday experience whilst in Athens, then book a private or semi-private sailing cruise down the Athens Riviera. Enjoy a traditional Greek BBQ, drinks and swimming stops while admiring the majestic coastline of southwest Athens and the beautiful blue waters that surround it. Top it all off by watching the beautiful sunset, you will not believe you are still in Athens!
4. Learn to Scuba Dive in the Greek Sea
Athens offers plenty of Scuba Diving Schools to help you get a taste of scuba diving or gain your PADI certification. If you are already certified, you can book a great excursion into Greek waters. The Greek seas are ideal for scuba diving, as they maintain relatively warm temperatures up until November and have great visibility. So even if you are enjoying a trip to Athens after the peak of the summer season, you can still fit in a scuba diving trip.
5. Enjoy a Meal at the Seaside Restaurants (Tavernes) of Vouliagmeni
Stop by the coastal restaurants of Vouliagmeni for some truly delicious Greek food, whilst enjoying the calm of the sea in front of you. Seafood restaurants like Ithaki and Labros, located right on the water, give you that sense of relaxation you get gazing out on the island beaches of Greece.
6. Arrange a Family Beach Day at Varkiza Resort Yabanaki Beach in Varkiza
Yabanaki is not just a simple beach – it’s a full-on beach resort with cafes, restaurants, water skiing, inflatables, beach volley courts and plenty of other wonderful activities the whole family can enjoy. For an entrance fee of just 5 Euros (6 Euros during the weekend) per person, you can spend the whole day enjoying some seaside fun in this southern suburb of Athens. Make sure you check out some of the activity packages that include the entrance fee in their price!
7. Enjoy an Active Day in Athens on the Water with a Sea Kayak
If you want to enjoy the beautiful ocean but also work off some of that glorious Greek seafood, try sea kayaking! You can rent a kayak or canoe and head out just off the shores of the Athens Riviera. This way, you can take in the Mediterranean scenery at a slower pace while you also get to satisfy your active side.
8. Get Away from It All and Enjoy Nature at Schinias National Park
To truly enjoy a day away from the urban streets and crowds, head out to Schinias National Park. It is the most important coastal ecosystem in Attica and is protected under the Natura 2000 network. The forest extends almost all the way down to the shore provides shade and a breezy environment to help you take a break from the heat. Call up your friends, pack a picnic, as well as towels and drinks, and head over to this peaceful sanctuary just outside Athens to enjoy a walk, do some birdwatching and have a swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters.
There are so many great things to do in Athens. I always love my time here and the diversity it has to offer, whatever you decide to do you are sure to have a great time!
Joanna is a blogger and photographer at LosetheMap.com. She is based in Los Angeles and splits her time between the US and Greece (when she is not travelling around the world). She has been to over 40 countries, has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and visited the northern most town in the world in Svalbard. However, she is still very much intent on visiting every country in the world.