Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Here are the top beaches and pools in Athens that you can reach by public transport where you can keep your cool when the heat is on (and on and on).

Easy Access Beaches

Akti tou Iliou (Sunset Strip)

The closest seaside getaway.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Sunsets, cocktails, and fun in the sun.

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Asteras Glyfada Beach

Astir Beach

Glamour is the word at Astir.

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A lake next to the sea? Perfect for year-round swimming.

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Vouliagmeni Lake

Limanakia Vouliagmenis

The best rocks for diving off in Athens.

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Grab a lounger under one of these umbrellas and don't move all day, except for a dip in the sea.

Photo: Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso

Apollon Beach at Divani Apollon Palace

City Centre Swimming Pools

Make sandcastles in the sky at this new rooftop beach hangout.

Courtesy: Mavili Beach

Mavili Beach


Rooftop swimming spot with a great city view.

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Swim beneath the slopes of Lycabettus Hill.

Courtesy: St George Lycabettus

St George Lycabettus

Divani Caravel

Poolside Parthenon views.

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A small oasis close to the Acropolis.

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Acropolis Hill


The tallest hotel in Athens, the President is good value and well-placed. But the ace up its sleeve is the pool on the 21st floor. Up here, it’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of a city of almost four million people. The ethnic-inspired bar-restaurant hosts DJ sets and pool parties after dark. Pool open daily 10.30-19.00.

Travel time: 15 minutes from Syntagma.
Transport: Metro line 3, stop “Ambelokipi”.
Cost: €20 on weekdays, €30 on weekends

"Up here, it’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of a city of almost four million people."