The Coast of Athens

Greece, Athens Guide (B): The Coast of Athens

In the last few years more tourists have discovered the southeast coast of Athens, and many were delighted to find that they could stay right on, or within easy walking distance of the sea and still have access to the Acropolis and the museums and archaeology sites of the city by public transport.

With the opening of the coastal tram and the continuation of the Athens Metro all the way to Glyfada, the towns of the Athens Gold Coast, or the Athenian Riviera, specifically Glyfada, Voula and Faliron, have seen an influx of foreign travelers. And why not? All these towns are really extensions of Athens with shops, restaurants, cafes and the one thing that central Athens does not have: the Aegean Sea.

For the travelers who see the news on television and the internet of demonstrations in Syntagma Square, having the option of staying by the beach and going into Athens to see the sites, is certainly a welcome one because as much as going to the islands is what everyone wants to do when they come to Greece, seeing the Acropolis is sort of like a required course. You can't come back from your one trip to Greece and have your friends and family ask you how you liked the Acropolis and having to answer "Ummmm, actually I didn't see it." ( Uncomfortable silence, finally broken up by you saying "... but Santorini was lovely", everyone agrees and the evening proceeds, but the damage is done. They think you are an idiot.) And there are people who just don't like cities, especially ones where everyone speaks a different language from them. You may be one of them. So why not stay on Athens Gold Coast or the Athenian Riviera and not worry about protests interrupting your holiday or having your wallet snatched on the metro. To hell with downtown Athens. Stay at the beach! ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Coast of Athens
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Matt Barrett
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