Does your perfect beach come with waiter service and luxe loungers—or is it an unspoiled patch of sand, far from the crowds? Whatever your best beach game, Athens has you covered.

By Amanda Dardanis

Young Guns

You have at least one tattoo and the latest smartphone. You play paddle tennis to perfect your all-over tan. Your perfect beach comes with music and cocktails (and no pesky kids).

Best Beach Match

Erotospilia

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

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Limanakia Vouliagmenis

You don't have to be young to fall in love with Erotospilia.

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High Rollers

Your Beach Style:

You’re a beach snob and you know it. Your sand needs to be clean, your water pristine and your neighbour’s sunlounger at least one metre away… at all times.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Best Beach Match

Astir Beach

Pretend you're on a Greek island at Legrena Beach.

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Castaways and Chill Seekers

Your Beach Style:

You’re a Greek islomaniac, forever yearning for your next island escape. The more remote the better.

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Best Beach Match

Panorama

Mavro Lithari Hotel

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Seaside dining often leads to dancing on the sand at Yabanaki Beach.

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Sea and Be Seen

Your Beach Style:

You’d never dream of hitting the beach before 2 pm, since you’re usually out bar-hopping until sunrise. Plus there’d be nobody there to admire your ‘gram-worthy beach game anyway. Only losers and families go swimming in the morning.

Best Beach Match

Balux House Project & Balux Pool Seaside

Courtesy: Balux House Project

Head to Kaki Thalassa for a winning mix of mountains and sea.

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The Family Guy

Your Beach Style:

Happy children equal happy parents!

Best Beach Match

Akti Vouliagmeni

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Kaki Thalassa

Where: Keratea (in northeastern Attica).
Why: A clean and postcard-pretty organised beach, bracketed by green mountains, that’s well-equipped with family-friendly amenities.
Highlights: Lovely views of Agios Panteleimonas church, rock climbing and playground for kids, beach bar for toasties and ice-creams.
You’ll Pay: Nothing for the beach. Just pay for sun loungers and umbrellas if you want them.
Also Try: Varkiza Resort at Yabanaki Beach, a sprawling beach park with shallow waters, restaurants, cafes, water sports, play areas and bars.

Sandy shores and shallow waters equals family fun at Schinias.

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The Sporty Set

Your Beach Style:

You can’t remember the last time you read a book at the beach. You need active diversions to keep boredom at bay.

Best Beach Match

Moraitis Beach

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Beat beach boredom (and perfect your all-over tan) on a stand up paddle board.

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Nature Lovers

Your Beach Style:

You loathe crowded beaches with loud music and plastic loungers. Green is your scene.

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Best Beach Match

Schinias Pine Forest

The Bare Essentialists

Your Beach Style:

What style? Everyone knows less is more when it comes to beach attire.

Best Beach Match

Let it all hang out at Boukourima.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis