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Beach Season in Athens

Greek seaside tavernas welcome tourists year round, but during the high season people go wild for the beach

Best time: May–October

Beach Season
Beach Season
Beach Season
Beach Season

Even in the off-season, a great number of tourists come to the seaside to enjoy the natural beauty and rest in one of the small Greek tavernas scattered all along the coastline. During the beach season that lasts from May throughout October, ​you may find great competition for a spot on the seaside, especially on Sundays.

Although there's plenty of beaches between Palaio Faliro and Cape Sounion it still doesn't always satisfy everyone looking for a spot. Some even come on Saturday to reserve a patch of sand for the next day. Moreover, if you come late in the day you are more likely to find nothing.

The peak season is between July and August. The best decision is simply to choose a weekday when the competition is considerable less. Besides, the entrance fee is lower than on weekends.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Athens for beach season?

From May through October, beach season in Athens is at its best. The coastline offers visitors many opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of rocky coves, sandy beaches, and sparkling waters. It is advisable to avoid the weekends during the peak season when prices go up, and the competition for available spots at the beaches is high. However, visitors can still enjoy a quiet and serene atmosphere of Athens beaches by visiting during weekdays when there is less competition for spots. Show more

Where are the best spots along the Athens coastline for beach lovers?

Along the Athens coastline, visitors can find numerous beaches ranging from sandy beaches to rocky coves. Some of the notable beaches include Vouliagmeni, Lagonisi, Varkiza, and Glyfada. In addition to activities like swimming or sunbathing, visitors can also opt for cultural outings, such as discovering the local cuisine, cultural landmarks, and historical sites, all of which add to the charm of the region. Show more

How does the seaside atmosphere change during peak season in Athens?

During peak season, the Athens coast is bustling with lively activities. Tourists can easily spot this by the crowded beaches, numerous seaside tavernas, and party boats dotting the horizon. Visitors should expect stiff competition for spots and an increased cost of beach amenities. However, some visitors can still enjoy a quieter and serene atmosphere during the week when the competition is considerably lesser than on weekends. Show more

When is the best day of the week to avoid crowds at the beach in Athens?

Visitors who prefer less crowded beach activities in Athens should opt for weekdays instead of weekends, which are often crowded. However, visitors who opt for weekends are advised to arrive early to secure a spot. Tourists are more likely to find available spots during off-peak seasons due to significantly low competition for beach space. July and August remain the busiest periods when visitors are advised to book accommodations and amenities well in advance. Show more

Are there any specific beach activities or water sports to enjoy in Athens?

Visitors to Athens beaches are presented with many water sports and activities, including stand-up paddling, windsurfing, jet skiing, snorkeling, beach volley, and soccer, among others. Visitors can easily rent equipment necessary for these water activities in many of the organized beaches along the coastal region. The gentle sea breeze and scenic beaches offer a perfect atmosphere for adrenaline-filled activities and enjoying time in the sun. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin