In Athens in mid-August? Want a refreshing swim at a nearby beach? Along the Athenian Riviera, along the entire Attica regional unit, there are numerous beaches, some organized, some all free.
Free beaches do not have sunbeds, but beaches like Glyfada (Blue Flag) and Palaio Faliro have basic infrastructure such as parasols, changing rooms, showers, toilets and disabled ramps.
Organized beaches have infrastructure such as sunbeds, sanitary facilities, doctors, refreshments and meal/snack facilities.
However, entrance fees and sunbed prices vary greatly depending on the services offered and the region. Prices are higher on weekends and public holidays such as August 15th, but be aware that organized beaches usually offer discounted entry for people over 65 and people with disabilities .
However, it should be noted that the total cost is much higher than last year.
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Blue Coast Beach In Schinias, a few kilometers east of Athens. On weekdays, admission is free with a minimum spend of 3 euros per person, sunbeds are 2 euros. Entrance on weekends and public holidays is €3, teenagers €1.50, sunbeds €5-7.
the beach Alimos When Akti tou HliosGeneral admission is €6 from Monday to Friday. Admission is reduced for the unemployed, the elderly and children up to 12 years old. On weekends and public holidays, the general admission price increases to €8. From there, the price of a sunbed can reach €22 for two sunbeds and an umbrella, so it depends on where you sit and where you sit in front of the store.
Vouliagmeni beach. General admission is €10 on weekdays and €15 on weekends. Admission is reduced for the unemployed, the elderly and children up to 12 years old. At the same time, you can also book a sunbed online. This allows free parking and storage of valuables. In such cases, the price will be even higher.
Balkisa Resort Beach On the coast of Varkiza, sunbeds are free on weekdays, general admission costs €7.50, and discounts are available for children up to 12, seniors and students. However, on weekends, a sunbed set fee of €10 is added to the €8.50.
Eden Beach When Mabro Ritali. Admission is free, but on weekends 2 sunbeds and a parasol start at €25. For those who might get away on a weekday, the price is €10.
Asteras Vouliagmenis Beach: Admission is free. However, for a parasol and two sunbeds, visitors have to pay €50 on weekdays and €80 on weekends and public holidays. In this case, there is the possibility of online booking, and a seat (not in the front row, but directly on the beach) on weekdays costs about 70 euros, and 140 euros on weekends.
Grand Beach of Lagonisi: €80 on weekdays and €130 on weekends. In addition to umbrellas and sunbeds, amenities include 2 snacks, 2 bottles of water, and additional services (safe deposit box, waiter button, private area).
An important thing to know before choosing a beach is the wind! For example, in Faliro, southerly winds 3 Beaufort blur the sea, and Argen and garbage are brought in from the islands and sailing ships in the Saronic Gulf. No matter how strong the northerly winds are, they provide crystal clear waters.
You can check the strength of the wind at any time meteo.gr “sailing map” here.
Note that at the end of July, the Greek Ministry of Health published the following list: 12 beaches of Athens, Piraeus and Attica Generally unsuitable for swimming.
PS As an Athenian, I usually go to Palaio Faliro for a quick swim so that one of Glyfada’s three beaches is available for a moderate amount of time. You can also enter at 12, but if you have enough time on Voula’s beach, which has become very expensive. Sunbeds in the first row for 20 and 30 euros.
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