You don’t need to head to the islands to have the perfect beach weekend. Athens has a glittering coastline where you can swim six months of the year.

Did you know that less than 30 minutes from the Acropolis there’s a coastal playground of blue-flag beaches, barefoot fish tavernas, and unspoiled coves? It’s called the Athens Riviera. Add five-star resorts and spas, glamorous seaside clubs, great shopping—plus summers that stretch for six months—and it’s little wonder that this 50km coastline is now a destination in itself. Follow our Athens Riviera itinerary and you’ll be left asking: “Can this really be Athens?”

Cine Akti, playing a classic film under the stars.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Friday

Evening

Cinema under the stars

Dreamy poolside dining at Malabar at the Margi Hotel.

Courtesy: Margi Hotel

Poolside dining

Saturday

Morning

Shopping and lunching in Glyfada

Seafood delights with a side order of people watching at Sea Spice.

Courtesy: Sea Spice

Saturday

Afternoon

Swim with the locals at Limanakia Vouliagmenis.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Dive off the rocks at Limanakia

Saturday

Evening

Party like you’re on a Greek island

Dusk descends on Island Club Restaurant.

Courtesy: Island Club Restaurant

Would you believe this beach is just a short drive from the city centre?

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Sunday

Morning

Iced coffee by the beach

Sunday

Afternoon

Sparkling blue waters at the Four Seasons Astir Palace.

Courtesy: Four Seasons

Take a dip in the sea

Sunday

Evening

Front row dining

Blue Fish: Any closer to the sea and you'd be swimming.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Swoon over a Cape Sounion sunset.

Photo: Thomas Gravanis

A glorious sunset over the ruins