Best for: Boat and beach lovers, families, couples.
The Route: About 1 km from the SNFCC (see above) is Flisvos Marina, marking the start of an attractive and walkable strip of the Athens seafront, close to the city-centre. Next to the marina is a tidy park and children's playground, followed by a 4.5 km stretch of seaside promenade. This stretch features another large marina and a number of beaches small and large (some undeveloped, others with umbrellas, bars and restaurants). You can continue along on foot easily at your leisure until you come to the former airport, where a large-scale development is underway, making walking by the sea presently more difficult.
Why: In the summer, this is a very enjoyable route for a stroll with all the classic seaside amusements: ogling multimillion-euro yachts, eating ice cream by the water, watching the sunset, chatting with fishermen, or just gazing out at the deep blue thinking deep thoughts. If you fancy a dip, follow the locals and dive in!
How long: Walking from Flisvos to the old airport at a steady pace will take about an hour, but in practice you'll dawdle a lot more. Note that all along this route you will be walking alongside the tram line, so you can always hop on for the return trip.
Look out for: Next to Marina Flisvos is a popular open-air cinema if you want to cap off your walk with a post—sunset movie under the stars.
Top tip: The beaches here are, unsurprisingly, very popular with local residents and get jammed on the weekends (as does the waterfront in general). Visiting on a weekday is generally more pleasant.
How to get there: Flisvos Marina can be reached by tram or bus, or by a short taxi ride from the city-centre in about 10-15 minutes.