During your stay in Athens, you can visit areas outside the city center. Athens suburbs are perfect for long distance walks in tree-clad streets, where you can stop and sit in a patisserie, a coffee house or a bar.
Just 10 miles south of the city –typically a 30-40 minute drive– you will find a place where urban sprawl gives way to an idyllic palm fringed setting. Let us introduce you to Athens' Riviera!
(Faliro, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni).
All these areas extend along Saronikos Gulf coast from Piraeus to Vouliagmeni Cape. South suburbs have some of the best and busiest beaches in Attica (see p. --) due to their easy access from Athens (20-30 minutes away) which makes them perfect destination for seaside walks and swimming.
Each of these areas has its own mall with amazing shops. You can walk by the marinas, eat lunch or dinner by the sea, enjoy your favorite water sport or play golf. Glyfada Golf Club opens everyday from 8am until sunset. Along the coast there are many hotels with sea view.
Faliro Bay coastal area (from Neo to Palaio Faliro) has been designed to become a huge recreational area, which will include sports venues for Olympic events, small entertainment and culture venues, an impressive aquarium with Greek and Mediterranean sea life theme, a garden with different kinds of birds and marine sports facilities.
It will be interconnected with an aerial bridge (“Esplanada”). In Trokantero (P. Faliro) you can visit the Naval Museum, which is housed on one of the most glorious warships of contemporary Greek history the battleship Averof.
A large seaside park is located in Agios Kosmas area while a metropolitan park will be constructed (4.000 sq. m) in former airport’s area (Elliniko).
Vouligmeni is also a beautiful suburb with rich vegetation, elegant villas, beautiful beaches, and the homonym lake of unique natural beauty and some of the best hotels in Attica. Athenians usually visit these areas to dine in one of the restaurants or have fun in the coastal bars.
To go to southern suburbs you can take the tram departing from Syntagma Square and follows two routes: line Γ1 to Neo Faliro (“SEF” stop) and line Γ2 to Glyfada (“Kolimvitirio” stop).
Line Γ3 also goes from Glyfada to Neo Faliro, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a trip along the coastal zone. You can also take bus lines B3 (Akadimia-Glyfada, through Vouliagmeni Avenue), E22 (Akadimia-Saronida, express line) etc.