New Private Club and Luxury Apartments to Open at Ellinikon 

Lamda has just announced a new 70 million euro deal with Greek real estate investment company Orilina Properties for the Ellinikon project, which will include a private club, luxury apartments with sea views, as well as a food court and an entertainment complex. 

One of the most emblematic projects within “The Ellinikon” is the revitalisation of the Coastal Zone, encompassing as key elements the creation of the new freely accessible beachfront and a number of architectural landmarks.

In this context, Orilina Properties announced a new strategic partnership with Lamda Development, where Orilina is acquiring from Lamda two prime land plots next to the marina of Agios Kosmas.

The commercial development will consist of a private club with extensive facilities and state-of-the-art restaurants, as well as a wine and spirits retail store and bar by the marina, which will be accessible to the public and is to offer an impressive range of wines from around the world.

The prime residential development will feature exclusive sea view apartment units, which will be branded and serviced by the club, as the apartment buyers will automatically acquire a life club membership and be able to “indulge, unwind and socialise in the vibrant atmosphere of the club,” according to the press statement.

The development of an estimated budget of €70million will conform to the highest green and energy-efficient standards and will be designed by the prominent global architectural firm Kengo Kuma & Associates, who is also designing the Riviera Galleria constructed by Lamda in the neighbouring area, thus ensuring in this prominent position next to the marina of Agios Kosmas, a unified coastal front of high caliber, and an important addition to the architectural landmarks of the area.

This article was first published here 

For more Real Estate News & Views on Greece and Europe’s South, head to The Greek Guru

*Image courtesy of Lamdadev 

First Part of the World’s Largest Coastal Park Opens in Athens

The largest seaside park in the world has opened its first section of greenery and entertainment area at The Hellinikon on Athens Riviera, for locals and international visitors to enjoy just in time for Christmas.

Named “Experience Park” it forms part of the Metropolitan Park being developed on the site of the former international airport at Hellinikon, as one of the biggest urban redevelopment projects in Europe and is set to turn into one of the largest parks in the entire world.

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“Experience Park” at Athens Riviera

The park covers an area of seven hectares including a water maze, a forest playground, a Zen garden with many water features and an outdoor fitness area with free-to-use outdoor equipment.

Hellinikon officials say, “This will be more than a green oasis. It will be one of the largest coastal parks in the world — and an ambitious rival to the great urban parks of New York and London. Open to all, The Hellinikon Park will be a platform for cultural events, sports and recreation, public health and personal wellbeing.”

“Experience Park” was completed six months ahead of schedule and according to Lamda Development, who is overseeing the entire project, 500 trees and over 55,000 varieties of Mediterranean flowers and bushes have already been planted, in line with a design selected for its biodiversity and positive carbon balance, as well as being symbolic of the nation’s environmental resilience in challenging times.

Stretching out into the adjoining southern Athenian neighbourhoods, The Hellinikon Park offers a network of almost 50km of paths for bicyclists and walkers that are aimed to connect classical ruins and listed buildings with elite sporting events, multi-use exhibition venues and a contemporary sculpture park.

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Large play areas for children

According to officials the highlight of the path network will be the 2.6km Promenade — a broad pedestrian thoroughfare stretching from the beach to the breezy hilltops above The Hellinikon.

To kick off the holiday season, from December 20 to January 9, “Experience Park” will present a cheerful Christmas experience for visitors, with two exceptional light installations, which will be seen in Greece for the first time. “The Stalactite,” with particularly bright patterns is synchronised to music, with the signatures of artists Christopher Bauder and Boris Divider, and “Helios,” is an impressive light installation designed by the Algorithm team, which creates a landscape full of light, movement, and rhythm.

A 17-metre-tall Christmas tree has also been placed at the Park, consisting of 180 real trees. Here visitors can taste festive flavours from famous Greek chef Akis Petretzikis, Elias Skoulas, Lukumades, OPSOPHY as well as other dishes from Esteban and Falafeladiko. 

During the holidays, from December 20, 2021, to January 9, 2022, the opening hours are Monday to Sunday (including public holidays) from 5 pm to 10 pm. 

Admission to “Experience Park” is free for all guests; and is accessible from the boulevard Vouliagmenis,  close to the Hellinikon Metro station. Free parking is also provided at the Park for all visitors.

Images courtesy of Lamda Development 

Greece’s Largest Shopping Mall is Coming to Athens

Vouliagmenis Avenue, on the glamorous Athens Riviera is set to become home to Greece’s largest shopping mall!

According to Lamda Development who presented its new project to the public last week, the estimated amount of investment for the new development is between 335 to 410 million euros and is set to be completed by 2025. 

The mall that will be constructed on Vouliagmenis Avenue, will span 130,000 sq.m., making it the largest and most modern shopping centre in Greece; offering a multifaceted, round-the-clock experience for its local and international visitors.

Featuring popular and up-and-coming Greek and international brands, as well as eateries, entertainment, and wellness facilities; it will also house exhibitions, concerts, gyms, gaming corners, cinemas, children’s recreation areas, and more.

At the 30,000 sq.m. commercial park, which is set to be developed at the Commercial Hub in collaboration with the Fourlis Group, visitors will find big-box stores of international home and sports equipment brands; and the hub will also feature modern office spaces of 27,500 sq.m. that will house the headquarters of Piraeus Bank.

“In the same area, a state-of-the-art 150 m high mixed-use tower will be developed that will house a hotel, offices, and apartments. The state-of-the-art Business Center to be created at The Hellinikon in the coming years will become the heart of Greece’s commercial and business life, bringing significant benefits for the area and the entire Attica region,” announced Lamda.

“The Ellinikon Commercial Hub is a destination of the future. This will become Greece’s most modern commercial and business hub; a popular attraction for citizens from across the country and, of course, for the one million tourists that will be visiting The Ellinikon every year,” said Lamda Development CEO, Mr. Odisseas Athanasiou, during the fourth online presentation held by the company on the major regeneration project at The Hellinikon.

Images Courtesy of Lamda Development

Fine Dining at Pelagos, Athens’ New Michelin Star Restaurant

With an inventive and forward-looking interpretation of fine dining, Pelagos has fast left its mark on the Athens dining scene, earning a coveted Michelin star within its first six months of operation. 

By Gina Lionatos 

Type of eatery: Classic fine dining within the walls of the five-star Four Seasons Astir Palace Athens.

The low down… The experience at Pelagos isn’t just mouth-wateringly delicious, it is one that will leave your taste buds in an utter daze, while you excitedly discuss the innovative flavour combinations with your fellow diners. 

Décor/ Ambience: The interior exudes warmth and elegance, with retro touches reminiscent of a luxury yacht or cruiser. The sweeping views of the Aegean Sea will leave you feeling like you’ve set sail while you embark on a culinary journey.

Menu 

The Pelagos menu has an a la carte selection of entrees, mains and desserts, however, to truly experience Pelagos is to partake in one of the degustation menus. Tasting menus vary in size, price and ingredients (including vegetarian and vegan options) and feature stand out starters like the yellowtail crudo with marinated heirloom tomatoes, cherries, elderflower, oregano and burrata cream – an incredibly pretty and fresh starter. 

The celebration of the sea continues with plates like Tuna – a dish that features both a delicate tartare accompanied by pistachio and bay leaf ice cream, and a “tuna souvlaki” grilled to perfection and served in a fluffy mini pita bread. 

The Wild Sea Bass (Dry Aged) served with mastiha artichoke, smoked pike caviar and kumquat is another dish you don’t want to miss.

The tasting menu is capped off with delicate and delectable dessert dishes like the apricot tarte with nikka whiskey and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to sample a selection of hand-made chocolate morsels (the white chocolate and olive oil truffle is a stand-out). 

Something to drink: Start the evening in your own style, with a tailor-made martini shaken at the bar’s martini cart. After your aperitivo, select from an impressive and extensive selection of wines. Adding a wine pairing to your degustation is highly recommended.

My favourite dish: Picking a favourite at an establishment like Pelagos is tricky. Each dish is literally better than the one that came before it. However, an honourable mention must be made of the mind-bending amuse-bouche bites like the crab-filled cracker, reconceptualised oyster and sea urchin tiramisu, which are served at the meal’s beginning and set the tone for an inspired dining experience.

Signature dishes: The Caviar Pasta is a signature Pelagos experience. Cold mancini spaghetti is dressed in clam emulsion, almonds, bronze fennel and topped with glistening black pearls of Krystal Caviar. Simply put, it is a must-try.

Price range: Degustation menus start from a four-plate menu at 95 € (+ 35 for wine pairing) and range up to an eight-plate menu at 155 Euro (+ 75 for wine pairing)

Location: Located within the Four Seasons Athens Astir Palace | Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni. 

Opening hours/days: Tuesday-Saturday 7-10 pm.

Images Courtesy of Four Seasons Astir Palace Athens | Featured Image Courtesy of MBDS

Four Seasons Astir Palace Athens – A Cosmopolitan Classic Meets Modern Luxury

Ask any Greek about the Astir Palace, and you’ll likely hear stories about the glory days of the 60s and 70s, where legendary names like Frank Sinatra, Jackie Onassis and an endless list of screen icons frequented the Athenian luxury landmark.

Since its much-anticipated rebuild and re-opening in 2019 under the management of the Four Seasons, the Astir Palace Athens offers an elite holiday destination that celebrates its gilded past and presents a heightened sense of luxury and comfort, for the discerning traveller of today.

Location

Located 25km from the center of Athens, the Four Seasons Astir Palace sits on the Vouliagmeni peninsula, with the beaches of Vouliagmeni, Varkiza and Cape Sounio’s Temple of Poseidon all within driving distance. Surrounded by pine trees and with sweeping views of the Aegean, the Four Seasons Astir Palace Vouliagmeni is undoubtedly a jewel in the crown of the Athenian Riviera.

Style and Feel

The grounds of the Four Seasons Athens cover 75 acres and house 2 hotels, 3 beaches, 2 pools, 61 private bungalows, spa, gym, restaurants, eateries and bars. While the grounds are large and impressive, they manage to retain a chic, intimate experience and, upon stepping foot on-site, it’s clear that everything has been designed to maximise the sprawling sea views. The resort has been designed to honour the natural elements around it and manages to seamlessly blend into its rocky, pine-clad surroundings. Most notably, the staff at the Four Seasons Athens are dedicated to offering the impeccable service you’d expect from the hotel group, coupled with the signature warmth of Greek filoxenia.

Suites

With 21 varieties of rooms, suites and bungalows, there are accommodation options for singles, couples, families and groups to enjoy. The Arion –  a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa – offers guests an elegant and sophisticated environment. Rooms and suites in the Arion have a sense of warmth to them, with plush furnishings that are made for ultimate comfort. The Nafsika hotel boasts sleek rooms and suites in a grand building, with family-friendly amenities nearby.

The Bungalows are tucked away in the surrounding pine trees for privacy and are a piece of history in their own right, having been home to names like Brigitte Bardot and Aristotle Onassis. The bungalows retain aesthetic nods to their vintage glory days yet boast every modern luxury one could need in a cabana that overlooks the Aegean.

No matter which room or suite you choose, the in-room facilities and service are consistently thoughtful and unobtrusive. It’s the details that remain with you long after leaving the Four Seasons Athens, like smart lighting with settings for morning, afternoon and evening, Four Seasons signature bedding that was seemingly designed for you to have the perfect night’s sleep, and thoughtful touches like afternoon ouzo and olives. With rooms this luxurious and comfortable, it’s worth staying in a little and enjoying the in-room service. 

Food and Drinks

With 10 restaurants, eateries and bars on-site, the dining options at the Four Seasons Athens will entertain even the most demanding foodie. Breakfast offers buffet and a la carte dining options, featuring a mix of healthy (think smashed avocado toast with poached eggs and detox juices) and decadent choices (the array of freshly baked cakes and pastries will satisfy any sweet tooth).

Once you’ve worked up a post-swim appetite, the dining options just keep getting better. Taverna 37 is perched upon Arion beach and serves up an elevated take on taverna fare, including the note-worthy salad of compressed watermelon, feta and mint and seafood kritharoto. Poolside restaurant Helios offers Peruvian/Nikkei cuisine with a playful selection of ceviches and raw dishes, as well as tacos, burgers and a cocktail menu that will have you enjoying your afternoons by the pool more than you could have imagined. 

The pinnacle of dining options at Four Seasons Athens is undoubtedly Pelagos. With chef Luca Piscazzi at the helm, this forward-looking interpretation of fine dining uses fresh seasonal produce with a focus on fish and seafood. The tasting menu boasts signature dishes like caviar pasta and dry-aged wild sea bass, as well as mind-bending amuse-bouche bites like sea urchin tiramisu. 

Activities

The outdoor hotel pool is the centrepiece of the grounds and boasts uninterrupted views of the peninsula. Olive trees are seemingly magically planted around and within the pool, creating a poolside scene out of your grandest Grecian dreams. If the pool gets a little too active for your liking, you can always stroll over to the Arion “quiet pool”, where guests aged 12 and over are welcome to enjoy the facilities. 

Often, staying at a hotel means giving up the beach for the pool. Not so at the Four Seasons Athens, which boasts three pristine on-site beaches. If the sea is your Happy Place, you can access the best of the crystal-clear Aegean waters, just steps away from your room.

All beaches and pools at the Four Seasons are staffed by the pool club, with amenities such as watersports lessons, complimentary water and towels, lunch bites, beverages and treats throughout the day like frozen fruit and iced tea shots. 

The Four Seasons spa and gym both provide plenty of wellness options, including morning pilates classes and massage therapy that is nothing short of heaven-sent. Parents, worry not, Kids For All Seasons has a range of activities to keep the young ones entertained while you follow your bliss.

Ideal for…

Four Seasons Athens is ideal for those who desire rest and relaxation in luxurious surroundings that honour the natural beauty of the Vouliagmeni peninsula. If comfort, impeccable service, luxury and gastronomy are what you value in a getaway, then the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens is the sanctuary you’ve been seeking. 

Facilities and Services

  • Airport / Port Transfer Service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bars 
  • Restaurant
  • In-room service
  • Towels for pool area
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Tennis Academy
  • Basketball Court
  • Boat Trips
  • Concierge
  • Garden
  • Laundry & Ironing Service
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Gift store
  • Clothing boutique
  • Event Spaces

A: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 

All Images Taken by Blue Mandarin Exclusively for IN+SIGHTS GREECE © (Copyright) 

Glyfada’s Stylish New Bistro Bar

Brunch by day, elegant bar by night, Nuera Athens stays up late mixing artisan cocktails in the glamorous seaside neighbourhood of Glyfada.

This sophisticated new place has a cool atmosphere and friendly staff to match. The idea behind the modern bistro was to create a relaxed yet polished atmosphere using vintage chic décor.

Architect and interior designer Zisis Papamichos has filled the open space with colourful patterned tiles that are mixed between wooden floorboards. The room also boasts a range of mirrors, alluring chandeliers, plush lounges, and soft velvet chairs; as well as green splashback tiles (featured on an arch behind the bar) and lush plants that create warmth. 

Brunch or lunch here pairs perfectly with a morning or afternoon shopping spree along Metaxa Street, which is lined with boutique after boutique.

Morning options include Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon; Avocado Toast with grilled bread, avocado, cherry tomatoes, home pickles, and flax seeds; or a healthy Breakfast Bowl of yogurt, oat, bio honey, walnuts, almonds, bio tahini, chia, fresh fruits, and bitter chocolate.

Choose from a selection of salads such as Mesclun Salad of grilled goat cheese, Parma’s ham, apple, pear, walnuts and raspberry vinegarette; or the Buffalo Burrata. Mains include Creamy Black Tagliatelle with salmon, pepperoncino, parmesan and rocket pesto; Beef Fillet Medallions with potato foam, mushrooms, asparagus and marsala wine, as well as Seabass with celery cream vegetables and sauce with citrus-zest olive oil.

The talented team in the kitchen have also created a delightful dessert menu with the standouts being the Lemon Crème Brulée of biscuits, meringues, red fruits, and lemon ice cream; and who can resist a good Pavlova made with fresh meringues, mascarpone cheese, strawberries, pistachios and raspberry ice cream?!

Given the cocktails are designed by The Clumsies award-winning mixologist Nikos Bakoulis, it comes as no surprise that Nuera’s drinks list is a main feature. Skilled bartenders mix cocktails that complement the Mediterranean flavours on the menu. We recommend you try the Olive Negroni made of Tanqueray Ten London dry gin, black olive, vermouth and cocoa bitter; or the Chios Sour with Skinos Mastiha, Elderflower, Basil and Salted Honey.

The bistro’s prime location means it fills up fast with locals from the southern suburbs, other Athenians who come here to shop, as well as international visitors- creating a pleasantly varied ambience.

Address: Kiprou 57, Glyfada

Opening Hours: 9 am to 2 am (Monday to Sunday)

Photos by George Fakaros and Nuera

10 Amazing Restaurants in Athens Riviera

Heading south from the Greek capital you will come across a stunning coastline known as the Athenian Riviera. Here you will discover some fine restaurants serving fresh seafood and creative dishes made from seasonal and locally sourced produce.

With so many great options to choose from, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourites for you! 

Krabo

Set in Vouliagmeni, here you can enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired menu with seasonal and fresh dishes. The executive chef uses solely organic and local ingredients to prepare succulent summer dishes.

A: Thespidos, Vouliagmeni 

Matsuhisa

Serving Nobu’s signature sushi, Matsuhisu has brought a touch of Japanese flavour and culture and the charm of fusion philosophy to the gastronomic map of Athens. Beautifully nestled in one of the city’s most stylish locations, the Astir Palace, Matsuhisa Athens offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

A: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni

Mercato 

For great Italian check out Mercato- an upscale Italian trattoria that’s also located at famous Astir Palace. Savour authentic Italian dishes and cocktails from the Spritzeria, which can be enjoyed in the warm indoor space in winter and on the alfresco terrace overlooking the Athenian Riviera in summer.

A: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni

Island 

If you like to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, head to Island where you will surely spot international designers, artists and athletes. The restaurant serves Mediterranean flavours and the modern dishes are all created by the award-winning chef, Nikos Skliras. 

A: 27km South of Leof. Athinon Souniou

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Helios

For one of the best views and great Latin American food, make your way to Helios. Relax poolside, while savouring zesty ceviches and tiraditos, piquant tacos, guacamole and grilled meat cuts, along with a range of signature cocktails.

A: Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni

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Ithaki

One of the areas most loved places, which frequently serves some of the world’s leading A-listers on their visits to Athens is Ithaki, in Vouliagmeni’s Laimos. Here you can taste the freshest fish and a range of local seafood, as you enjoy the magical sunset. 

A: Apollonos 28, Vouliagmeni 

Moorings

If you are searching for a spot to enjoy a late lunch or evening dinner with a magnificent view, head to Moorings, where you will be treated to panoramic views of Vouliagmenis’ natural landscape, as well as a delightful menu. 

A: Marina Vouliagmenis, Vouliagmeni 

Ark

With renowned chef Yannis Baxevanis behind the menu, Ark offers signature dishes that are inspired by the Aegean sea. Along with the masterly crafted menu, you can also choose from an exceptional range of wines, beers and distillates from Greek producers.

A: Grigoriou Lambraki 2, Glyfada 

Varoulko Seaside 

This leading seafood restaurant located in Piraeus is a fine dining experience, where guests can taste quality seafood cuisine prepared by the famous chef Lefteris Lazarou while enjoying the picturesque views of the Mikrolimano Marina. 

A: Akti Koumoundourou 54, Piraeus

Agora Riviera

Inspired by the Cycladic islands, Agora offers guests a simple and relaxed vibe, while serving a great and fresh range of dishes that are perfect for lunch or dinner by the sea.

A: Iliou 8, Vouliagmeni  

Stay Cool at Athens’ Limanakia Vouliagmenis 

Every time you visit Athens over summer, a very important part is knowing where to cool down when temperatures soar! One of our favourite spots to swim in the Greek capital is Limanakia Vouliagmenis, where you will come across tiny coves and bays boasting crystal clear waters. 

Just 30 minutes from Athens’ centre and set between the coastal suburbs of Varkiza and Vouliagmeni, you can dive off the rocks into what seems like your own private cove. Known as Limanakia, or ‘small ports’, these rocky beaches with striking waters are most popular among locals (and in the know) international visitors who are looking for a secluded and peaceful place to swim.

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Dive off the rocks

Location of Limanakia Vouliagmenis 

You will find the beach inlet of Limanakia along the coast road to Vouliagmeni; explore the small coves and deep blue waters reached by walking down rocky paths. After departing from the more well-known organised beaches and beach bars of the famous Athenian Riviera neighbourhood, you will follow the coastal highway towards Varkiza. Firstly, you will come across Lake Vouliagmeni and then other small beaches and tiny coves that are known as Limanakia.

Surrounded by white rocks, don’t expect to find many signs for the coves and bays but look out for people walking back up from a swim; and after parking your car follow the short paths crossing through Mediterranean scrub. Most are easy walks and once you reach the coves and discover the deep blue waters and the stunning views of the Saronic Gulf and nearby islands- you will realise it’s worth the effort.

All these spots are unorganised, so don’t expect to find any umbrellas, sunbeds or shops but the water is crystal clear and ideal for relaxation, diving and scuba-diving. 

Limanakia Beach Bar 

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Limanakia Beach Bar

By day, you can swim off the rocks and at night you can enjoy a drink as you sit back and take in the stunning views of Athens Riviera at this cool seaside wooden bar nestled in the largest of the bays. As you listen to the latest summer beats, you can order a drink and watch the sunset. There are no official opening hours but over summer the bar is pretty much open 24 hours. 

How to Get There

The area of Limanakia is about a 30-45 minute drive from Athens centre and it is located in between Vouliagmeni and Varkiza. After passing Vouliagmeni Lake, you will find Limanakia around 2 km away, driving along Posidonos Avenue. On the right-hand side, you will find a parking space where you can leave your car and start walking to the beach. If you don’t have a car, you can also catch a bus which regularly departs from Syntagma Square, in the city centre. 

Tips for Visiting Limanakia Vouliagmenis

-All beaches, bays and coves are only accessible on foot, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes to get there.  

-There are no organised areas, so make sure to take a hat and sunscreen and keep in mind there is not much shade until later in the afternoon.

-When diving, watch out for sea urchins- as it can very be painful if you step on one. 

-If you want a completely quiet swim avoid heading to Limanakia Beach Bar, as it is the most crowded area. Instead, head to the right and find a more quiet spot.

‘Hellinikon’ Luxury Apartments in Athens Riviera Are in High-Demand 

International and local buyers have set their eyes on the new luxury apartments that will be built along the Athenian Riviera, and are part of the huge “Hellinikon Project,” at Athens’ former airport.

Construction of the apartments is set to commence very soon and expected to add enormous value to Greece’s largest development project, worth upwards of €8 billion; this includes a combination of public parks, beachfront residences, high-end shopping, restaurants, cafes, and office space. 

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As part of the Hellinikon Project, developers Lamda plan to build around 9,000 apartments in the Athens Riviera neighbourhood, with an average size of 110 square metres per unit.

Next week, Lamda Development will share its digital presentation of the architectural designs of the first building, the Marina Tower, which will become the first green tower in Greece. 

The luxury apartments will be selling from around €8,000 per sq. m and up to €26,200/sq.m., depending on what level and views the apartment offers. 

This week, Lamda announced to Greek media that there has been a huge interest from both foreign and local investors, and on July 15 they will provide data on home pre-sales.

According to the developers, due to high demand, Lamda will construct around 2,000 homes in the first five years and will also concentrate on other parts of the project including parks, office space, etc. which is estimated to be completed by 2025. 

30 Most Beautiful Places in Greece to Visit in Summer 

From crystal clear waters to white-sand beaches, pretty ports, and charming seaside villages that come to life at night, Greece offers so many beautiful spots over summer. 

And while this list could grow into the thousands, we’ve done our best to round up some of the most beautiful places in Greece to visit during the warmer months. One thing that’s for sure- wherever you choose to visit first, you will definitely love it! 

Athens Riviera, Athens 

Home to Athens’ most luxurious hotels, restaurants, bars, and beaches, the Athenian Riviera is filled with a range of delightful spots to visit.

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Four Seasons Astir, Athens Riviera

Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion

Less than an hour’s drive from Athens, Cape Sounio is the ideal weekend getaway or perfect day trip from the Greek capital. There are plenty of things to see and do at this beautiful spot- the first being watching the sunset from the Temple of Poseidon. 

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Sunset at Cape Sounio

Sithonia, Halkidiki

Halkidiki is where locals from Thessaloniki head for a weekend getaway and Sithonia (one of the 3 legs) is home to small secluded bays that are surrounded by lush trees and other vegetation. Also visit Nikiti, which has a chic new promenade lined with classy restaurants and all-day cafes. 

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Kavourotripes beach in Sithonia

Messinia, Peloponesse

Home to some of the most charming seaside towns in Greece, a drive few days drive through Messinia should be on everyone’s bucket list. Add Koroni, Methoni, Pylos, and Voidikilia beach to the top of places to visit. 

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Magical views at Koroni

Town of Nafplio

Named the “most romantic town in Greece”, Nafplio is set on a small port beneath the towering Palamidi fortress. Filled with beautiful alleyways, neoclassical mansions, and stunning Venetian houses, there are also a few lovely beaches when you need to cool off. 

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Stroll through the pretty alleyways of Nafplio

Simos Beach, Elafonisos

This beach has been rated one of the best in the world on many occasions, as it’s the perfect spot to spend endless hours in the crystal clear sea; then sit by the white sand and enjoy the majestic views surrounding you.  

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Stunning beach

Avlemonas, Kythira

This traditional fishing settlement is built in Cycladic style and boasts stunning gulfs and lush vegetation that create a beautiful natural backdrop. The whitewashed houses and lush gardens draw visitors here each summer, as they take a quick dip in the sea. 

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Kythira’s most charming seaside village

Old Town of Chania, Crete 

A unique mix of architecture, narrow pebbled alleyways, and a buzzing port- it’s the perfect combination of old-world meets new. Strolling through the beautiful Old Town and taking in the magnificent sites will allow you to discover the Venetian, Byzantine, and Ottoman influence of Chania. 

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Beautiful Port of Chania

Loutro, Crete 

This quaint and picturesque fishing village in Crete, promises a Greek island getaway full of swimming, delicious local cuisine, hiking, and loads of R&R. 

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Loutro, one of Crete’s best-kept secrets

Port of Symi

Surrounded by deep green seas and covered in cypress trees, this beautiful island is home to one of the prettiest ports in Greece, neo-classical mansions, and dreamy fishing villages. 

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Symi’s stunning port

Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos is one of the most stunning archaeological sites in all of Greece. The views from up top are breathtaking and the town itself features lovely beaches, picturesque cobblestone alleyways that lead to a range of shops and eateries in a charming setting. 

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St Paul’s Bay with views of the ancient site

Cave of the Apocalypse, Patmos 

Patmos is home to around 360 churches and you can definitely sense the island’s unique spiritual energy as soon as you step foot here. Patmos is known around the world as the island where around 95 AD Saint John the Baptist wrote The Revelation, in a cave that can now be visited in the island’s Holy Monastery of the Apocalypse. 

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Monastery of St John

Port of Kastellorizo 

Surrounded by the jewelled turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Kastellorizo allows you to experience authentic island life while enjoying its neo-classic architecture and all its charm. Cobblestone alleys and traditional colourful mansions dot the scenic village and the waterfront is lined with tavernas and café-bars that spoil you for choice.

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Kastellorizo’s captivating port

Navagio Beach, Zakynthos

Hands down the most photographed beach in Greece, Navagio is spectacular and deserves a visit at least once in a lifetime. 

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Shipwreck of Navagio

Porto Katsiki, Lefkada 

Another stunning beach in the Ionian, Porto Katsiki is a piece of paradise that needs to be seen to be believed. 

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Views of Porto Katsiki from up top

Assos, Kefalonia

This very pretty seaside village will steal your heart. Filled with bougainvillea and colourful villas, as well as a small little bay that’s surrounded by a few seafood taverns- it’s the perfect place to spend time over summer. 

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Assos, Kefalonia’s prettiest village

Voutoumoi, Antipaxoi

There are a few spots in the world, where you feel like you’ve found paradise and Antipaxoi is one of them. This tiny unspoiled island boasts one of the most impressive natural landscapes and the most stunning turquoise waters.  

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Sail through Antipaxoi

Oia, Santorini

This magical village in Santorini is one of the most popular places in the world to catch the sunset- and for a good reason! You will also find beautiful restaurants, bars, cafes, and boutiques, which all offer views of the caldera. 

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Oia boasts a sunset like no other

Little Venice, Mykonos

This charming little spot in Mykonos is located close to the landmark windmills. Little Venice’s views of the sea, the classic buildings, and wonderful bars and restaurants make it the perfect spot to grab your favourite drink and watch the sunset. 

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Little Venice offers magical spots for a drink

Chora, Folegandros

Every visit to Folegandros is an adventure: the climbs, the dives, the treks, the views. And one of the best things to do is get lost in the town of Chora, a pedestrianized maze of tiny streets lined with houses and churches. It’s one of the most beautiful villages in the Cyclades. 

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Breathtaking Chora

Ermoupli, Syros

The beautiful town of Ermoupolis is not only the capital of Syros but the entire Cyclades. Featuring stunning neoclassical architecture, old mansions, marble-paved streets, stunning town squares, imposing churches, and historical monuments, it’s rich in both history and culture.  

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Ermoupoli, Syros (image by Polina Paraskevopoulou)

Klima, Milos

The picturesque fishing village Klima with its little houses is a unique spot that was once only visited by fishermen. 

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Klima, Milos (image by Polina Paraskevopoulou)

Porta, Naxos

A massive marble doorway (of the temple of Apollo), is Naxos’ famous landmark. It lies close to the port, on the islet of Palatia which was once a hill. The spot offers one of the most breathtaking sunsets in Greece. 

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Porta, Naxos’ landmark

Pyrgos, Tinos 

Pyrgos, one of the island’s biggest and most beautiful villages, is most famous for its marble and it’s displayed everywhere. Sit down at one of the local taverns or cafes and enjoy local delicacies.  

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Village of Pyrgos (image by Polina Paraskevopoulou)

Mèllises, Andros

The entire property is a slice of heaven. A stay at Mèllises, includes indulging in homegrown varieties of fruit, local herbs, and spices that enrich the property, which now also houses a small farm. With an infinity pool that overlooks the Aegean Sea, it’s one of the most beautiful places to visit. 

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Breathtaking views

Panagia Hozoviotissa, Amorgos

Hozoviotissa Monastery is one of the Aegean’s most extraordinary spots. The second oldest church in Greece, built in 1017 and is located on the side of a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. 

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Set on the side of a cliff in Amorgos

Harbour of Hydra

Hydra has a charming atmosphere and romantic allure, it’s aristocratic, yet authentic and features a rocky landscape with elegant, imposing stone mansions, narrow cobblestone alleys with colourful bougainvillea, plus impeccable sunsets. Near the harbour is nice, as this is where all the buzz is.

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Harbour comes to life at night (image by Polina Paraskevopoulou)

Dapia Port, Spetses

Enjoy an afternoon or evening stroll around the buzzing harbour of Dapia Port. The tiny port is surrounded by whitewashed, neoclassical houses and is also surrounded by chic cafés and stylish boutiques.

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Perfect spot to relax

Giola Lagoon, Thassos

Known as “Aphrodite’s Tear” in Thassos is one of the world’s most beautiful natural swimming pools – separated from the sea by a narrow strip of rocks, it looks like a pool of crystal clear water, carved into a coral reef that rises above it.

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Natural rock pool

Castle of Monemvasia

Today, the Castle of Monemvasia is one of the most beautiful in the world, with a fairytale atmosphere and profound romanticism. Take a walk through and enjoy the rich history, culture, and spectacular views. 

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Greece’s most majestic castle

Sea Caves of Thetis, Pelion 

Experience a day trip around the Pelion Peninsula and visit the Sea Caves of Thetis. You’ll leave from either the port of Chorefto or Agios Ioannis. From there, head north and discover an uninhabited and truly unspoiled coastline as you explore the stunning sea caves. 

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Swim through the caves

Naoussa, Paros

The first thing you’ll notice when you get to the main town of Naoussa is the charming and colourful cafes and taverns everywhere you look. Grab a coffee, gelato, or walk through the back streets and take in the stunning views. 

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Naousa is Paros’ pretty harbour

 

20 Best Things to Do on the Athens Riviera

Heading south from the Greek capital you will come across a stunning coastline known as the Athenian Riviera. Here you will discover fabulous bars, fine restaurants and luxurious resorts, not to mention some of the city’s best beaches, tailor-made tours and designer shopping.

With neighbourhoods such as Cape Sounio, Faliro, Alimos, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Voula, Kavouri, Varkiza, and Lagonissi side by side, this is the ideal spot to enjoy a luxurious getaway.

Explore Pireaus

A gateway to Greece for those arriving or departing by cruise ship to the islands, many people merely transit Piraeus, the starting point of Athens Riviera. You should make time to explore the cafés at Zea Port offering views across the Saronic Gulf and luxury yachts moored; it’s the perfect place to unwind and sip on your Frappe or Freddo. Here you can dine at the Michelin star seafood restaurant Varoulko, also make sure to check out the Hellenic Maritime Museum; Kastela and Mikrolimano have a great range of traditional Greek dishes too. 

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Visit Lavrio Town

On the other side of the Riviera peninsular, you will find Lavrio, a smaller and prettier port town, filled with luxurious yachts and lots of locals and international visitors walking across the busy harbour. For a cultural experience, head to the small Archeological Museum and the Mineralogical Museum that showcases the area’s once famed mining district; several mines can be found in the surrounding villages. 

Swim at one of the Beach Inlets

Athens Riviera is the most popular place for swimming in the Greek capital. You will find the beach inlet of Limanakia along the coast road to Vouliagmeni; explore the small coves and deep blue waters reached by walking down rocky paths.  The second inlet in this area features Lefteris’ Canteen, an authentic spot to have a coffee and treat. Windsurfers head to Anavyssos beach where there is also a playground, beach volleyball court and a stretch of sun loungers and umbrellas.

Spend an Entire Day at a Beach Bar

The beach bars on the Athens Riviera are super glamorous and you can arrive here from the early morning and stay for sunset and sunrise! Some of the most popular are Balux Seaside Cafe in Glyfada. Yabanaki in Varkiza is great for water sports (from SUP and windsurfing to wakeboarding and banana boat rides for kids). The House Project is great for families; you can rest assured kids will be entertained for hours on end here.  

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Check out the Famous Astir Palace 

For the most upmarket experience, lounge at the newly renovated and reopened Astir Palace in Vouliagmeni, where the luxurious services are second to none. The Astir Beach Club is one of the most exclusive organised beaches of the Riviera. Set along 900 feet of coastline, it offers beach beds and cabanas, massage therapists, sports such as paddleboarding and yoga classes, designer Greek shopping boutiques, and attentive food and drinks service at your beach bedside. There’s also a selection of fine dining restaurants, including Italian, a modern Greek tavern, Latin American Grill House, a seafood restaurant, as well as a golden-age glamour, exclusive cigar lounge. 

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Take a Dip at Lake Vouliagmeni 

For an unforgettable swimming experience, head to Lake Vouliagmeni. It’s a natural spa lake with fresh spring and seawater where the water is warm in summer and winter, making it a popular spot year long. Here you can also have a natural pedicure as it’s full of garru rufa fish—also known as the Dr Fish that nibble off dead skin. 

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Visit Cape Sounio and the Temple of Apollo 

A visit to Sounion is a must when you are on this side of the world. Here lies the Temple of Poseidon, at the top of the cliff; one of the most significant monuments of Ancient Greece and a cornerstone of history. Here you’ll see the ruins of the 6th century B.C. Temple of Apollo. Built in 444 B.C. atop the headland to honor the sea god. Locals and overseas guests visit Cape Sounion and the Temple at sunset to catch one of the most spectacular images.

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Savour Farm to Table Dishes

For something completely different, Margi Farm, in the countryside of the Riviera at Kalivia, 13 miles from Vouliagmeni beach, showcases fresh vegetables and herbs, grown to provide produce that is used by the chefs to create fresh and organic dishes. Surrounded by vineyards and olive trees it’s available for private or group bookings and giving people the chance to experience authentic farm life and organic Greek dining in a beautiful natural rural environment. Each menu is carefully selected and based on the vegetables in season, from farm to fork.

Cruise the Athens Riviera in a Vintage Car 

For an unforgettable experience, drive a classic car on the coastal road of the Athens Riviera and take in the magical scenery. Offering transfers and tours to popular destinations along the Athenian Riviera, there is a unique collection of classic cars to choose from at Odeego’s fleet, which consists of classic cars of the 1960s and 70s, which have been fully restored and available for tours. 

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Eat Your Way Around Athens Riviera

There are so many great options and some of the standouts are Krabo in Vouliagmeni; while Matsuhisa Athens serves Nobu’s signature sushi and for great Italian check out Mercato. If you like to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, head to Island- here you will surely spot international designers, artists and athletes. For one of the best views and great food, make your way to Helios. One of the area’s most loved spots, which frequently serves some of the world’s leading A-listers on their visits to Athens is Ithaki in Vouliagmeni’s Laimos. While Moorings, in the same location, is another must. We also recommend Kastelorizo in Varkiza, Ark, Sardelaki and Mezze in Glyfada and if you are in the mood for something sweet don’t miss the waffles and ice cream at the famous Waffle House.

Shop Till You Drop 

The southern district is well-known for its chic shopping strip in Glyfada, where you’ll find a wide range of boutiques and concept stores such as SOHO-SOHO, Ensayar,  with a range of jewellery, sandals, high-end fashion; as well as international stores such as Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, H&M and Pull&Bear. 

Explore Athens Riviera with an Archaeologist

Bespoke travel specialists such as Alternative Athens can take you to Cape Sounion in a chauffeured limo for a sunset date with Poseidon’s mighty temple, or to another historical site nearby, accompanied by an archaeologist who will reveal the rich history of the area. 

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Sail the Athens Riviera

Admire the Athens coastline from the deck of a luxury catamaran on a private half-day or full-day cruise with Sailing Athens, while you swim or snorkel the day away in clear blue waters along the way.

Eat Freshly Caught Fish by the Sea

Milos at Sea—a new venture from the world-famous seafood restaurant—will take you on a culinary odyssey aboard a 113-foot yacht. Dine on freshly caught fish, enjoy a cooking lesson and wine and cheese tastings, and work off all the delicious meals paddle boarding or kayaking.

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Take a Helicopter Ride Over Athens Riviera 

Get a different perspective on the Athens Riviera on a helicopter tour with Athens Heli Tours. The epic landmarks and glittering beaches look even more spectacular from the sky. 

Spend a Day at Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre

In Kallithea, you will find the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, a new state of art facilities and a landmark of cultural exhibitions within Athens. It includes the brand new facilities of the National Library, the National Opera and the Park that hosts various performances and events- a great spot for families. 

Walk Along Flisvos Marina

Either you just want to walk around or enjoy a coffee and sweet at one of the many cafés along Flisvos. It’s particularly pretty at night and here you will come across a wonderful open-air cinema- make sure to catch a movie here if time permits. 

Make the most of Alimos

Alimos is a great place to spend a day. Here you can enjoy a swim at one of the organized beaches and have coffee or drink at the popular Nalu café or Bolivar beach bar. If you are lucky you may even get to see a free concert as both beach bars are known to host a range of local and international artists. 

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Watch the Sunset at Balux The House Project 

One of the most beautiful and popular places in Athens Riviera is Balux, which received a makeover a few years back and has now become a spot where you can spend endless hours relaxing, eating and drinking with friends. It’s also perfect for families as there are so many kid-friendly options here. 

Dive off the Rocks at Vouliagmeni

Choose your favourite spot and dive off the rocks at Limanakia, located at the base of the coastal road of Vouliagmeni in the direction of Varkiza! 

20 Best Beachfront Bars in Greece

With breathtaking sea views, laid-back vibes, and lush cocktails- there are so many beautiful beachfront bars all over Greece, where you can relax and unwind all day and night! And although the list can go on forever, we’ve rounded up our Top 20! 

Hydronetta, Hydra  

Embraced by rocks and enwrapped by the sea of Hydra, this beach offers a magical spot to swim and dive. And when you are done you can sit at one of the little tables shaded with straw umbrellas to enjoy the breathtaking sunset. 

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Scorpios, Mykonos

This bohemian-luxe social club by the sea comes complete with a restaurant, boutique, bar, and event space. It’s one of the island’s most popular spots, so it’s a good idea to get here early over the peak summer season. 

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Ftelia, Mykonos

Retro hues of ochre and burnt orange add a summery warmth to this beach bar that has talented chefs on site creating fresh seafood dishes and homemade desserts to accompany your drink of choice. 

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Nammos, Mykonos 

This is where the world’s rich and famous gather every summer to enjoy the much-loved Mykonos vibe. From Jon Bon Jovi and Mariah Carey to the world’s best football players and Victoria’s Secret models- you are bound to spot a celebrity. 

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 La Grotta Beach Bar, Corfu

Built in the 60s in a little cove near Paleokastritsa, this cool beach bar still draws huge crowds each summer. The bar is open all summer long from morning until late at night so you can have an exotic cocktail overlooking the illuminated bay below.

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Piedra del Mar, Corfu  

This exclusive beach bar is set over three levels. Starting with the sun loungers, located a step away from the sea, it continues to a lounge bar for drinks and ends with a fine restaurant for a late lunch or dinner. 

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Copla Beach Bar, Lefkada

Set right next to Kathisma, one of the most striking beaches on the Ionian, this beautifully designed bar compliments the stunning surroundings. 

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Sorokos Bar, Koufonisia  

Set right next to the beach, this bar offers the most relaxing summer afternoons, while your nights will liven up with the music of their guest DJs and superb cocktails. 

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Krabo, Athens Riviera

Perfectly located on a secluded bay in the exclusive Kavouri area, here you can soak up the Greek sun on full-service sunbeds and wooden cabanas or head to the restaurant to enjoy a Mediterranean lunch or dinner under the pergola. 

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Astir Beach Bar, Athens Riviera

A high-end beach bar with stylish cabanas, here you can sit back and unwind as waiters take your order. 

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Ciel, Syros

This romantic all-day restaurant and beach bar in the heart of Syros serves Greek and Mediterranean dishes, plus lush cocktails and a huge selection of Greek wines. 

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Kalypso Beach, Crete

This is one of the most unique beaches in Greece. Set in its own secret cove a short drive from the beach village of Plakias in Crete, you come here to swim, snorkel, soak in the sun while enjoying a refreshing drink. 

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Agistri Bar, Halkidiki

For a casual place to spend all day and night in Halkidiki, head to Agistri, where the water is crystal clear and the vibe is refreshing.

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KOHI Beach Bar, Halkidiki

This bar is located on one of the most beautiful beaches of Halkidiki. The blue water and the pines that almost reach the sea make this majestic spot one of a kind!

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Sotos Beach Bar, Aegina

Located in Agia Marina, here sunbeds spread over formations of rocks, and the sea is entered into by diving off them. Then sit back and enjoy drinks and casual dishes as you watch the sunset. 

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Soros Beach, Antiparos

For a casual yet chic experience, head to Soros where you are served refreshing tailor-made cocktails and a great selection of regional and international wines. 

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Kaiki Beach Club, Spetses

A short walk away from the centre of Spetses town, you can chill out on comfortable wooden cushioned loungers or a cabana, as the beach attendants will serve you anything you choose from the beach bar or restaurant menu, until sundown.

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Tinos Surfing Lessons, Tinos

Kolymbithra is one of the best beaches in Tinos and Tinos Surf Lessons beach bar makes it even more unique. A small camper van converted into a bar, the wooden tables and chairs and umbrellas shaped like mushrooms and woven by local basket-makers make this small beach bar a place you will never forget.

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Kavos Lounge Bar, Skyros

From stepped terraces cut out of the rocks, you can dive straight into the sea and jump onto a paddleboard. Then you can make your way back up and enjoy the views while sipping on a cocktail. 

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Limanakia Vouliagmenis Bar, Athens Riviera

Set between the coastal suburbs of Varkiza and Vouliagmeni, by day, you can swim off the rocks and at night you can enjoy a drink as you sit back and take in the Athens Riviera. 

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