Athens has plenty of luxury hotels but continue reading and we’ll share the 10 best luxury hotels in Athens Greece with you. Chances are most travelers aren’t coming to Athens for its beaches, but oh yes, they do have beautiful beaches. As capital of a country with world-famous islands, Athens is more known for its ancient ruins and busy cultural life rather than its sandy shores. But this is Greece after all! And the coast as well as several major ferry ports are just minutes away.
If you are looking for a quick swim or a bit of rest and relaxation, there are plenty of beaches to choose from on the Athens Riviera, aka the Apollo Coast – the coastline running south of Athens from Piraeus to Cape Sounion. You can hop on a boat to an island in the morning and returning in the twilight glow. Either way, the water awaits you.
Athens Weather – When to Visit
The best times to visit Athens are between March and May and from September to November. Weather during this spring and fall months is agreeable and sunshine is pretty much a guarantee. Not to mention, crowds are thinner, and hotel and airfare deals are easier to come by than in summer. But if you choose to visit between December and February (Athens’ winter season), don’t worry. Though chilly, Athens’ winters are relatively mild, thanks in part to Greece’s Mediterranean location. June through August, meanwhile, bring stifling heat (upper 80s to lower 90s) and hordes of tourists, so sightseeing can be a bit uncomfortable and quite a headache at this time.
Best Athens Area Beaches
Vouiagmeni Beach is one of the best-organized beaches offering all types of beach facilities. Tennis and volleyball courts, play area for children, water slide, individual cabins and a restaurant are some of the features that make the area quite famous among Athenians. It is located 23 km south of the city center and is easily accessed with local buses. In the wider region you will find seaside cafes and restaurants.
Explore the coves and inlets along the Legrena area, about 2 miles west of the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio. Devoid of the organized umbrellas and thumping sounds of the grand resorts of the rest of this coastline, this place is for the explorers. The currents keep these waters crisp and clean, and nearby tavernas dot the coast. It’s also the place to go if you care to sunbathe in the buff.
Silky sands and softly lapping seas are only the start of what Astir Beach is known for. It’s one of the most beloved of the see-and-be-seen organized beaches on the Athens Riviera. Astir is a land of high fashion, seafront chaises and cabanas, and luxury like Nobu Matsuhisa’s Athens outpost and the Four Seasons Astir Palace.
Repeatedly recognized for its crystal-clear waters with Blue Flag ratings, Shinias Beach, about 28 miles northeast of Athens, offers a grand stretch of pristine white sand backed by pine trees. The shimmering waters near the town of Marathon are a favorite for swimming and windsurfing followed by lunch at one of the nearby seafood tavernas.
One of the southernmost beaches on the Athens Riviera, Varkiza is a favorite for its relative peace and quiet. Small sandy sweeps alternate with rock formations where you can hang out independently. Or pay for a chaise at the popular resort Varkiza Resort – Yabanaki Beach and join the fray of seaside umbrellas and restaurants.
Best Athens Tours & Activities
Athens Scenic Bike Tour
Explore the ancient monuments and bustling energy of Athens on a fun and easy bike tour. Cover much more distance than walking while peddling along bike-friendly paths and streets, stopping to learn about the city’s long history and legends from a local guide. Cycle around the Acropolis and past other iconic ruins including the Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, and the Keramikos Cemetery. Book Your Athens Scenic Bike Tour Here
Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens
Indulge your inner foodie on this 4-hour gourmet tasting tour and sample the edible delights of Athens. Take to the streets for a walking tour of Athens’ cafés, markets, delicatessens and street food haunts. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private food-expert guide as you uncover the secrets of Greek cuisine and learn more about the city’s culinary heritage. Stop along the way to sample local treats like sweet donuts, Greek bread and regional cheeses, washed down with Greek wine and freshly brewed coffee. Book Your Private Gourmet Food Walking Tour in Athens Here
Athens Highlights: a Mythological Tour
Enhance your experience of Athens on a mythological tour of the ancient Greek city. Alongside an entertaining guide, visit major landmarks like the Acropolis and the Olympian Zeus Temple and listen to the captivating myths that surround each landmark. Hear tales that combine myth, legend and historical fact; and gain valuable insight into the culture of modern and ancient Greece on this educational tour. Book Your Athens Highlights Tour Here
Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Athens with Traditional Greek Meal and BBQ
Drink in the beautiful sights and seas of the Athens Riviera from a catamaran on this half-day, small-group cruise. While an experienced skipper and crew do the work, relax and revel in the sunshine and scenery. Step aboard your luxurious craft, sip a welcome drink, and enjoy the warm breezes as you sail along the picturesque coastline. Enjoy stops to swim or snorkel, stay refreshed with unlimited complimentary drinks, and savor a delicious Greek meal, including barbecue dishes, served by the crew. Choose a morning or sunset cruise when you book. Book Your Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Athens Here
Athens Full Day Private Tour
Explore the highlights of Athens in a private vehicle on this full-day tour. Depart from your hotel and make your way the the Acropolis, where you can stroll through the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of the Athena Nike, the Propylaea, the Erechtheum, and the Parthenon. Take in views from Lycabettus Hill and explore the neighborhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki. Book Your Athens Full Day Private Tour Here
Best Athens Restaurants
Hoocut Under $10
At Hoocut, an A-Team of famous chefs aims to elevate souvlaki, the iconic Greek street food, with the best possible ingredients. Set inside a neoclassical building of the interwar period, a bakery, a butcher shop, and a grocery store provide the raw materials for the final product, which emerges from the main grill area. Telephone: 30 21 0324 0026 Web: Hoocut
Feyrouz Under $10
Inspired by the Balkan food of Istanbul and broader Levantine traditions, the family utilizes local ingredients to make various types of lahmacun, peinirli, lots of soups (mahluta is a favorite with red lentils, fennel, pumpkin, and chicken broth), and many different salads. Telephone: 30 21 3031 8060 Web: HOME – Feyrouz Levantine Street Food
Lukumades Under $10
Lukumades are an easy, popular dessert throughout Greece, but this shop consistently ranks high among customers with sweet tooths. The fried dough balls are made with flour, dry yeast, water, and starch, and the simplest renditions are served with honey and cinnamon. Telephone: 30 21 0321 0880 Web: Lukumades
Peas Vegan & Raw Food Under $10
Everything is made in-house, including vegetable-based protein substitutes like seitan and tempeh. Among the most popular options, check out their take on the famous Greek souvlaki with seitan and mushrooms. For dessert, don’t miss the famous raw tart with avocado, cocoa, and banana. Telephone: 30 21 0921 8875 Web: Peas Vegan & Raw Food
Travolta $30 $ Up
Sea bream carpaccio, dusky grouper with okra, and roasted and skewered squid kontosouvli instantly transport Travolta diners to the sea. Owners Anestis Lampropoulos and brothers Spyros and Vangelis Liakos formed exclusive partnerships with three fishing boats, which provide the restaurant with everything from fresh octopus to cod to crayfish. Telephone: 30 21 0571 9222 Web: Travolta
Top 5 Clubs in Athens
Boiler Room is one of the most popular nightclubs in Athens. It is situated in Gazi, an ideal destination for all those who love to party and enjoy music and drinks all night long. Boiler Room has a strict entrance policy and a chick and casual dress code. In order to enter Boiler Room, you should make a reservation first. Web: Athens – BOILER ROOM
Bolivar Beach Bar
The beautiful natural landscape combined with the impeccable service makes the Bolivar Beach Bar an attractive place for swimming, eating your meals, drinking refreshing cocktails, dancing at the parties and concerts until dawn. Telephone: 30 697 036 7684 Web: Bolivar Beach Bar
Dybbuk is a dynamic combination of music and spectacle and has been described also as a ‘dance theater’. The space functions as a New York style after club with great house music which always impresses. The glamorous environment is ideal also for unforgettable parties. This club is closed during the summer months. Telephone: 30 694 790 7054 Web: Dybbuk Club
Lohan Nightclub is a concept created by well-known businessman Dennis Papageorgiou and Hollywood superstar Lindsay Lohan as a means to revive the local Athenian clubbing scene and bring people together. Lohan has an industrial baroque aesthetic, a top-of-the-line sound and lighting system, and special DJ and lives acts. Telephone: 30 698 750 1825 Web: Lohan Club
Acro Club is an ideal destination for those who would love to experience a real Greek live music show. In a modern, recently renovated and welcoming place, Acro hosts famous Greek artists, who enjoy great popularity in Greece. Give yourself the chance to see live popular performers and feel modern Greek music to the most! Telephone: 30 21 0341 7300 Web: Acro Club