The Athenian coastline stretches from its southern suburbs in the Saronic Gulf all the way to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, with an unending string of A-class beaches, busy marinas and trendy neighbourhoods in between.
This is the Athens Riviera – a prime strip of real estate that encapsulates everything you would expect to find in such a prestigiously-named destination. From the affluent lifestyle to the air of bon viveur, life on the riviera is lined by exotic palm trees, chic seafront watering holes and thumping night clubs, making it a popular summer spot. Home to mega yachts, designer coffee shops and stylish eateries, it is the closest thing you can get to being on Mykonos whilst still on the mainland.
Floisvos Marina at Faliron is a mere ten minutes from the centre and draws you into that relaxed, dizzy sense of hedonism. Kalamaki just down the road is a favourite with swimmers, clubbers and mojito lovers, with its wide variety of beach clubs and international DJ parties. But that true Riviera feel really begins when you drive just a few kilometres further along the coast to Glyfada, a smart suburb and all year round ‘resort’. Unofficially known as ‘The Hamptons’, here you will find exclusive villas and all the designer labels you can afford, with dressed-to-impress shoppers hanging out in the celebrity-owned coffee shops. Venture on to Voula, darling of the organised beach crowd, where adrenalin-pumping water sports, designer beachwear and sophisticated cocktails are just a must.
Its neighbour Vouliagmeni boasts a popular marina and the oh so exclusive Astir Beach, where waterfront hotels and the soon-to-open Four Seasons make this ‘the place to be’. Do the coastal cruise in a cabriolet, enjoying the winding road to Aghia Marina and think Capri or Amalfi, but even more stunning!