For one of the most unforgettable swimming experiences in the Greek Capital, head to Lake Vouliagmeni, set in the centre of Athens Riviera.
This natural spa lake with fresh spring and seawater is a spot where the water is warm in summer and winter, making it a popular spot year long. We suggest you give yourself an unforgettable all-day experience at Lake Vouliagmeni, in the idyllic setting of the Athenian Riviera, half an hour away from Athens city centre.
History of Lake Vouliagmeni
These natural hot springs with labyrinthine underwater caves were formed in what was, in prehistoric times, a huge cave. The imposing rock, thermal waters, the labyrinthine underwater tunnels and the lush vegetation now create a unique geological phenomenon. The lake’s present form was created after the roof of the cave fell due to erosion caused by the high temperature of the running water. The lake has now been declared a natural monument and belongs to the pan-European network of protected Natura 2000 areas.
Swim at the Lake
The stunning emerald waters remain at a temperature between 20 and 29 degrees Celsius all year round. Embraced by red rocks, the lake water gushes from springs 50 to 100 metres deep and is constantly being renewed both by the thermal springs and the sea.
Here you can also have a natural pedicure as the sea is full of Garra rufa fish—also known as the Dr Fish that nibble off dead skin. The indigenous and natural inhabitant of the Lake, the small Fish Spa, allows visitors an one of a kind peeling experience as the fish take on the task of relieving skin of its dead cells while offering a relaxing massage treatment.
The healing properties of the natural springs (which supply the Lake) are the result of the water’s high concentration of salts and minerals. The Lake is also famous for its hot spring water, which combined with the mineral content makes for a great place to relax muscular aches and pains.
The Underwater Cave
At the edge of the Lake, near the rocks, you will find a labyrinth underwater cave. Among the 14 tunnels which make up the cave, there is one reaching 800 metres in length, one of the longest in the world and there is also a huge stalagmite in the cave.
The aquatic paradise of Vouliagmeni Lake is home to many beautiful living organisms. Among them, a kind of sea anemone called Paranemonia Vouliagmeniensis stands out, as well as species of sponges and molluscs which portray the perfect balance of the lake’s ecosystem.
Eat at Lake Vouliagmeni
After your refreshing swim in this magical setting make your way over the local all-day cafe/restaurant and have a leisurely late bite at Nero, which serves coffee, sweets, as well as a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.
If you are after some much needed time out, make your way to the ‘Privè’ Area, which has comfortable sunbeds and deck chairs, private service, a variety of delicious menus and drinks. This space is designed to provide an exclusive area for individual guests and small groups of visitors.
The area around the Lake is lined with sunbeds and umbrellas, which offer moments of relaxation and wellness. The Lake also provides lifeguarding and medical services, parking, playground, Wi-Fi, lockers and dressing rooms, plus showers with hot water and access for people with disabilities.
Lake Vouliagmeni is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm.
The easiest way is to hire a car and drive from Athens to Lake Vouliagmeni, making your way through the Athens Riviera neighbourhood. Alternatively, there are bus lines- 115 Glyfada – Vouliagmeni – Kitsi, 117 Glyfada – Vouliagmeni – Vari, 122 Metro station ‘Elliniko’ – Saronida and KTEL Attikis Athens – Sounio (by coastline).
A: Poseidonos Avenue, Vouliagmeni, Athens Riviera